Loose skin, or skin laxity, can occur anywhere on the body including the face, jawline, neck, abdomen, and hands. It results when there is a breakdown of collagen and elastin – the key components that retain the skin’s firmness and resiliency. On the body, skin laxity may be noticed after pregnancy or weight fluctuations. Age-related facial skin laxity tends to occur in the lower face, as one begins to notice sagging or “jowls”, and loss of jawline definition.
The breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin is typically the result of one or more factors including: sun exposure, diet, lifestyle, smoking, natural aging, or genetics. In the aging face there is also shrinking and shifting of the fat pads, as well as decreasing bone density, which causes the overlying skin to descend.
APT Medical Aesthetics has several non-surgical options available to address skin laxity – Thermage® and Skin Tyte II™. Both treatments deliver heat deep into the skin to stimulate collagen remodeling, leading to gradual firming and tightening of the treated area. Results typically depend on the severity of one’s skin laxity, their underlying skin tone, and lifestyle. To determine which treatment may be suitable for you, please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team of experts.
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