Loss of skin elasticity is a natural part of the ageing process. Skin naturally loses some of its stretch as you age, but that doesn’t stop people from feeling self-conscious. One of the most common questions individuals often ask is whether skin elasticity can be restored. There is nothing wrong with growing older naturally, but if you prefer to address your loose skin concerns, there are some things that can help.
The old adage “prevention is better than a cure” is true in many aspects of life, skincare included. There are many ways to improve the appearance of sagging skin, but it’s vital to take good care of your skin. It’s never too late to start implementing methods to prevent a loss of skin elasticity, even if you are already seeing signs.
One of the most common causes of lost skin elasticity is prolonged exposure to the sun. Exposing your skin to the sun without proper protection can cause premature loss of elasticity, called photoaging. The harmful UV rays damage your DNA, breaks down collagen and dries your skin, leading to sagging skin and premature fine lines and wrinkles.
Applying a good quality, high-factor suncream whenever you go outside, even on cloudy days, your skin will be protected, slowing photoaging.
Setting and sticking to a skincare routine with good quality products is also one of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful. At a minimum, you should cleanse your face thoroughly before applying a serum, moisturiser and eye cream. Bring the products down onto your décolletage to ensure the skin around your jawline is also properly cared for.
If you’re unsure which products would suit your skin, try booking a consultation with Hans Place. Obagi Skincare is prescribed specifically for your use based on your skin concerns.
In general, leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to ensure that your skin remains youthful and keeps its elasticity. Smoking, poor diets and being exposed to pollution can all increase the speed at which your skin ages. You’ll look and feel better by simply following a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and practising regular exercise.
If you already have concerns about skin elasticity, there are several methods that could improve your skin’s appearance. One of the most simple methods could involve changing your skincare.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and several studies have found the ingredient to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping skin feel tighter. For example, a Stanford study found that retinol changes how a cell functions, increasing the rate at which cells divide. This increase in cell production thickens the epidermis, resulting in plumper-looking skin.
Hyaluronic acid has also been shown to have many benefits. It’s a chemical that your body naturally produces, and multiple studies have shown that regular application improves your skin’s hydration, resulting in plumper skin and a youthful glow.
If you’re conscious of your skin’s appearance and feel that a change of diet and skincare isn’t helping, then Hans Place has a variety of treatments that can improve the appearance of sagging skin, tighten your skin and leave you with smoother skin texture and healthy glow.
ULTRAcel is a non-surgical treatment designed specifically to tighten, firm, smooth and lift ageing skin. Using a combination of radio frequency and ultrasound technology, it encourages your body’s natural healing process to produce new skin that looks and feels healthier, tighter and smoother. It’s suitable for use on the face, around the brows, jawline and down onto your neck, and you can expect to see continued improvement in your skin for around six months.
Like ULTRAcel, INTRAcel uses radio frequency technology but with the addition of microneedling and fractional treatments. The treatment is designed specifically to reduce sagging skin and tighten and smooth the general area for an overall more youthful appearance. It’s often referred to as a “non-surgical facelift” thanks to its incredible results. It can be used alone or in combination with ULTRAcel for improved smoothing and tightening effects.
Loose skin can be caused by ageing or fat loss in a specific area, and Renuvion is specifically designed to combat the effects of both of these issues. Renuvion is a minor surgical procedure that improves the tautness and texture of your skin.
The Renuvion wand is inserted subdermally and is used to apply cooled radio-frequency energy. This causes the tissue to contract, promoting new collagen growth in the area and resulting in firmer and smoother skin.
Dermal fillers are a popular choice for anyone that is looking to reduce the visible effects of lost skin elasticity. By injecting a high-quality gel, often made from a substance similar to hyaluronic acid, any areas that have lost volume can be filled in to reduce the appearance of sagging skin.
Dermal fillers can also be applied above areas of loose skin, for example, above the brow bone, in order to lift the skin from above. Dermal fillers are a very flexible treatment, allowing the consultant to apply varying amounts to different areas to address your specific concerns carefully.