How Can I Tighten Sagging Skin Without Surgery?

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Q: My jowls are dropping along with my other facial features, that all is happening after my weight loss. Can you suggest some skin tightening procedures that don’t require to go under any painful surgery?
Expert Answer

Jowls often run in the family, so looking at your family tree can be a good indicator of whether or not (or when) you will develop jowls. There is also a rare inherited disorder called Werner’s syndrome that causes people in their 30s to appear elderly. People with this condition may develop jowls at an early age and may only live to be in their 40s and 50s. Extrinsic aging plays a big role in the development of jowls.

Sagging Skin Without Surgery

There are many things that contribute to jowls. Gravity, for instance, is one thing that contributes to jowls. Gravity is what keeps us planted on Earth. As we grow older, our skin becomes more susceptible to sagging. It loses elasticity and gravity tends to pull our skin down. This is especially apparent in people who enter their 50s.

As with many skin conditions, the sun is also to blame. Your skin can become damaged with just a few minutes a day of direct sunlight. Collagen breaks down with long-term sun exposure. That is why it is so important to protect your skin whenever you plan on spending time outdoors. Wear protective clothing and use sunblock, making certain to reapply every two hours.

Smoking can also cause jowls. People as young as their 20s have seen jowls begin to develop. If you are a smoker and you smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day, your body will age 10 years sooner than non-smokers. Smokers begin to show the signs of aging in their 20s.

Your sleeping position may also be the culprit. Experts recommend sleeping on your back to avoid waking up with sleep lines and creases in the morning. What may start out as temporary lines could very easily turn into permanent wrinkles. People who sleep in the same position each night can be contributing to the development of jowls.

Laser skin tightening is a popular skin-tightening, non-surgical procedure. There is virtually no recovery time. The procedure improves facial skin tone, reduces wrinkles and can also be used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Some experts refer to laser skin tightening as “facelift insurance”, because it can put off the need for a surgical facelift for many years.

Other non-surgical skin-tightening procedures include Botox injectable fillers and fat grafting. None of these procedures are face lift replacements, particularly if facial sagging is in a more advanced stage.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to get facelift results from non-surgical skin tightening procedures. Radiofrequency, fractional laser and CO2 laser procedures are often used to help tighten sagging skin.

Since sagging skin can be due to a combination of things, a combination approach may also benefit the patient. For example, a combination of liposuction, various fillers and/or laser treatment may be an effective treatment. Which procedure or procedure combination is used may also be dependent on the state of your skin.

Women can use a combination of foundation-effective medical skincare and over-the-counter skincare products to help treat jowls naturally. These products contain therapeutic agents that positively change the collagen-laden dermal layer of the skin. Ingredients to look for include vitamins A and C, antioxidant-rich ingredients, minerals and botanical agents. It is also important that you drink plenty of water every day. Your skin requires moisture in order to keep its young, healthy glow.



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