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Get Rid of Saggy Skin Without Surgery

How Can You Get Rid of Saggy Skin Without Surgery?

Skin laxity is a hallmark sign of aging and can cause the entire face to look like it’s falling.

While this sagging may gradually start with the cheeks, in time, it affects the lower face and leads to the formation of folds and jowls.

In the past, surgery was the only option to adequately lift this loose skin. However, many patients are not willing or able to undergo such an invasive procedure with associated risks and recovery.

Fortunately, technological advancements have provided a number of non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation.

Keep reading to learn how dermal fillers and tightening devices can get rid of saggy skin and offer an effective and safe alternative to a facelift.

What Causes Skin Laxity in the First Place?

Collagen production slows with age and can make skin thinner and more susceptible to environmental agents and UV damage. Paired with volume loss and a descending malar fat pad, cheeks begin to appear saggy and deflated.

This skin laxity then contributes to the formation of folds from the nose to mouth known as nasolabial folds as well as marionette lines at the corners of the mouth.

Finally, the forces of gravity pull the lower face farther down and produce jowls and a poorly-defined jawline.

How Can Dermal Fillers Correct Saggy Skin?

Because the root of saggy skin is volume loss, dermal fillers are an excellent non-surgical solution.

These cosmetic injectables are commonly comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that’s naturally produced by the body and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Therefore, when injected into soft tissue, dermal fillers have the capacity to instantly plump skin and lift it forward.

As a result, patients can expect fuller cheeks, improved facial contours, and a more defined jawline.  Best of all, these benefits can be achieved without surgery, downtime, or anesthesia.

What Other Treatments Can Lift Saggy Skin Without Surgery?

In addition to dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments can help eliminate saggy skin from the face and neck.

That’s because these ultrasound (Ultherapy) and radiofrequency technologies create controlled thermal damage to the dermis and stimulate the growth of new collagen, elastin, and blood vessels.

When performed prior to injectables, they enhance overall treatment benefits and produce natural and youthful results.

For additional information on non-surgical treatment options in Chevy Chase, Maryland to combat saggy skin, please call our office to schedule a consultation with the Washington DC areas leading cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Tina West.