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.
Breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin is caused by: sun exposure, diet, lifestyle, smoking, natural aging, or genetics. In the aging face there is also shrinking and shifting of the fat pads, and a decrease in 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 vary depending on the degree of skin laxity, underlying skin tone, and lifestyle.
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