You find yourself gently pulling the face skin back when you look in the mirror and wish it would stay there? Does the restlessness in her arms bother you?

A surgical facelift such as a facelift or eyelid surgery will provide the most dramatic results, but you will find many other skin tightening options. These other options offer less downtime and lower cost.

Another plus: Many can be used on just about any part of your body that needs a lift.

Sagging face before and after

Sagging face before and after
Sagging face before and after

Firm skin can stretch and snap back into place easily. When the skin loses this ability, it starts to sag. the sagging skin It can happen in almost any part of the body. Common areas where you may see saggy skin include:

  • eyelids
  • dewlap
  • chin
  • throat
  • upper arms
  • stomach

There are several causes of saggy skin. They include:

Aging

As the skin ages, it loses two important proteins made in the dermis – elastin and collagen.

As its name suggests, elastin gives the skin elasticity. It provides firm skin with the ability to bounce back when stretched.

Collagen is produced by fibroblasts. When the skin is taut and tight, it has collagen to thank. Collagen is made up of well-built fibers, which help the skin maintain its structure and firmness.

Both elastin and collagen production decrease as people age. These two proteins can also deteriorate due to external factors over time, such as:

  • UV exposure
  • pollutants in the environment, including cigarette smoke
  • certain lifestyle factors, such as poor nutrition and excessive alcohol consumption

Too much sun exposure and not taking care of your skin or health can accelerate the skin aging process. This can make your skin look saggy and wrinkled at a younger age.

Weight loss

Carrying extra weight for a long period of time can cause damage to the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin.

This makes it harder for the skin to come back when you lose weight. If you lose a significant amount of weight of 100 pounds or more, it can result in significant amounts of saggy skin.

Sagging skin is more likely to occur when weight loss is rapid, such as after bariatric surgery. In some cases, these weight loss procedures can result in large amounts of saggy, droopy skin that hangs down on the body.

As younger skin recovers more quickly, your age at the time of weight loss can also play a role in sagging skin.

Pregnancy

Acquiring some degree of sagging and sagging skin is common after pregnancy. Women who are carrying multiples, such as twins or triplets, may see more saggy skin around their abdomen than those who are carrying a baby. 

Maternal age can also play a role.

Disease

There are some medical conditions that are marked by sagging skin. One is a very rare subtype of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, known as granulomatous saggy skin.

People with this condition see very gradual loosening of the skin on the elbows and knees. Flabby skin caused by granulomatous loose skin usually does not respond well to treatment.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Another condition that causes sagging skin is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) , a rare inherited connective tissue disorder. People with EDS have a defect in collagen production that results in sagging, pasty skin, usually on the face.

Treatment options for saggy skin

If you are concerned about the saggy skin area, there are things you can do to reduce or eliminate it.

The amounts of sagging skin can range from mild to significant. When deciding on treatment options, consider these factors:

  • the areas of the body where sagging occurs
  • the amount of sagging
  • your feelings about your condition

To reduce minor sagging

If you have a little sagging or are satisfied with modest results, there are homemade options you can try on your face and body. They include:

Exercise

Sagging skin on the body caused by moderate weight loss or pregnancy can be improved through exercise.

 Any movement that builds muscle mass or tightens muscles can reduce the appearance of a little sagging skin. For example:

  • Weight lifting or resistance training. Working out with weights, machines, or resistance bands helps to increase muscle mass.
  • Pilates. Also known as Contrology, Pilates uses controlled movements to tighten and strengthen the body's core, glutes, legs and arms.
  • Face exercise. There is a small amount ofand facial exercises can reduce sagging skin around the chin, jowls and throat. 
  • Many yoga advocates believe that certain exercises are beneficial for reducing sagging facial skin. A great pose to try is simhasana (Lion Pose).

Supplements

Several studies found out Supplements orals containing ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid to help reduce age-related sagging skin.

Topical treatments

Creams, lotions and serums that contain ingredients such as retinol can improve elasticity around the eye area and on the skin of the face. Both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs can help.

Prescription retinoids such as tretinoin and retin-A increase collagen production. These will generally produce more significant results than their OTC counterparts.

lifestyle changes

Staying hydrated, using sunscreen, and eliminating harmful habits like smoking can help your skin look fresher and less saggy.

To reduce moderate sagging

Non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments can improve the tone and elasticity of sagging skin.

 They tend to be more effective if combined with healthy lifestyle choices like not smoking cigarettes and never tanning. These procedures are done by a dermatologist and include:

  • Laser therapy. Various types of laser therapy treatments can help increase collagen production and improve overall skin tone. Most people see the best results after several treatments. 
  • Laser therapy can be beneficial for firming the upper arms and stomach, as well as other areas of the body.
  • Laser resurfacing. This highly effective procedure also uses a laser, but it is more invasive and has a longer recovery time, usually around two weeks.
  •  The laser resurfacing removes the upper layers of skin and sends heat deep into the lower layers. It is sometimes called a laser peel.
  • Microfocused ultrasound (MFU). This technique sends heat deep into the skin layers, supporting collagen production and lifting sagging skin.
  • It can take several months before you start to see an improvement in your skin's firmness and elasticity. Ultrasound results are not permanent and usually last for about 1 year.

To reduce significant sagging

Surgical procedures to remove loose skin are often recommended after weight reduction surgery.

In most cases, these are considered cosmetic procedures and may not be covered by insurance. These procedures fall under the category of body contouring surgery.

Body contouring procedures may leave some degree of visible scarring in areas such as the upper arms. 

They also require a significant amount of time for recovery, lasting anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month. You can choose to have one area of ​​the body treated or multiple areas.

Types of body contouring surgeries include:

  • abdominoplasty (abdominoplasty)
  • arm lift surgery (brachioplasty)
  • facelift
  • neck lift
  • lower body elevation
  • upper body lift
  • medial thigh lift

What's the outlook if you have saggy skin?

Home treatments for saggy skin can produce small to moderate results.

Non-surgical procedures for this condition are effective but often temporary.

If you have a surgical procedure to remove saggy skin, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions on ongoing weight management.

Saggy skin is not a medical condition and it is not a problem for everyone. But for some, it can be frustrating or affect self-esteem. If you have saggy skin that doesn't respond well to home treatments, see your doctor to discuss your options.