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Sagging Skin

Neck, hands, faces, bottoms, tummies and knees, sagging skin can affect them all, so no wonder it’s one of the most common causes of ageing that people want to see the back of. Sagging skin goes hand in hand with a loss of volume and fat so it can also occur when you lose a dramatic amount of weight. When we are young, our skin is plump and firm, but, as we get older, the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to degrade and this leads to the skin becoming more crêpey and saggy and losing it’s “snap”.

Sagging Skin

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FAQ ABOUT Sagging Skin


Why is my skin sagging?

Sagging skin is a common sign of ageing but it can also be caused by dramatic weight loss. Sagging skin can be present on the face and body and goes hand in hand with a loss of volume and fat.

What causes sagging skin?

As we age the collagen and elastin in our skin, which makes it appear plump and firm in youth, begins to degrade and this leads to the skin becoming more crêpey and saggy. When our skin is firm and plump it stretches and snaps back into place but as we age it loses this ability. Although sagging skin is a natural part of the ageing process, lifestyle factors can make it occur earlier in life on or contribute to it becoming worse. These include things like smoking, sun damage and yo-yo dieting (repeated weight loss and gain).

At what age does your skin start sagging?

Our skin starts to age from about the age of 25 onwards but it is usually not until someone reaches their 30s that these signs start to become noticeable. It is often from the mid to late 30s onwards that people start to become more conscious of the ageing process. Those who have spent a lot of time in the sun may notice that they start to age younger.

How to stop my skin from sagging?

Premature ageing can be accelerated by certain factors, in particular sun damage, so protecting your skin in the sun by wearing SPF is always a first line of defence. Dehydration can also contribute to skin looking less plump and lack lustre so drinking plenty of water can help you look fresher. Other lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, drug taking and poor diet and/or yo-yo dieting can all contribute to premature skin ageing and therefore skin sagging.

Does skincare help sagging skin?

A good skincare regime will help keep your skin healthy. If your skin has already started to sag products that can help firm and tighten and replenish lost collagen will help. Key ingredients for ageing skin include retinol, collagen and collagen-boosting peptides, hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Caffeine is also sometimes used in skin tightening products, particularly for the body and cellulite. Beware of snake oils and skincare creams claiming to be a “face-lift in a jar” or “botox in a bottle”, there is no such thing as a miracle skin cream that will dramatically lift and tighten saggy skin. Think of your skin as a canvas. If your skin is healthy and hydrated it will look better but significant sagging won’t be cured with skincare alone.

How can I prevent sagging skin?

Sagging skin is part of the ageing process so you can’t stop it completely however taking preventative measures can slow the process down. One of your best lines of defence is to look after your skin from as young an age as possible. Wearing SPF daily, no matter what the weather is doing, will help. Keeping hydrated and eating a healthy balanced diet also plays a part as well as avoiding habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Using skincare products with active ingredients such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can help keep your skin functioning at its best. Antioxidants can also help prevent damage.

Can I permanently remove sagging skin?

Sagging skin is part of the ageing process so while we can remove excess saggy skin with surgery or improve the appearance of saggy skin with non-surgical skin tightening treatments, you can never guarantee permanent results.

How do I treat and tighten sagging skin?

There are a lot of treatments for saggy skin but non-surgically the most popular options tend to be micro-needling or energy based treatments such as radiofrequency, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and laser (including fractional laser or laser resurfacing). These treatments use heat/energy to cause a wound healing response in the skin which then makes new collagen and elastin to repair the damage in the targeted area.

I lost weight and now my skin is sagging, what can I do?

Saggy skin can occur on the face and body and is often associated with fat loss. People who lose weight rapidly or lose a lot of weight can be left with considerable saggy skin. Women often find they are left with saggy skin post-pregnancy due to the stretching of their tummy. Surgery, such as a tummy tuck or body lift, can be carried out when there is a lot of excess skin, however, where skin has become crêpey post weight loss treatments such as

What treatment is going to help sagging skin?

When saggy skin is significant surgery, such as a body lift or tummy tuck, can be performed to remove excess folds. However, in many cases non-surgical treatments can improve the appearance of saggy skin on the face and body. Thread lifting can provide an alternative to a face-lift when sagging skin occurs on the face. Other techniques which stimulate new collagen and elastin include micro-needling. For the face and body, device-based technologies such as, radiofrequency, ultrasound/high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and laser (including fractional laser or laser resurfacing) offer non-surgical options.


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Monthly Hydrafacial or monthly Caci? I’m 43 with skin in reasonably good condition but starting to notice some signs of ageing, so planning to treat myself to a monthly facial.

Hiya, editor Georgia here. In an ideal world, budget permitting, you'd do both! HydraFacials are more geared towards extractions and hydrating the skin, improving surface issues like breakouts or dry skin. You do get some collagen stimulation from the LED light element but if your main concern is signs of ageing then I’d go for monthly CACI treatments instead. CACI is specifically for combatting signs of ageing by stimulating the facial muscles using electrical microcurrent. If you're new to CACI, you'll be advised to book a course of treatment and to have the first few treatments a fortnight apart. Find out more here.…

Hi Alice, which is better for skin tightening (especially around the eyes and nasolabial) – Morpheus 8 or ULTRAcel? Which will give longer lasting results and give a greater skin tightening effect please? Kindest regards.

Hiya, editor Georgia here. You’re probably looking at much of a muchness here and it may well come down to downtime and/ or budget. Both Morpheus8 and ULTRAcel use radiofrequency energy along with microneedles to lift, tighten and address fine lines and wrinkles. But, ULTRAcel also combines HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) for a really souped-up treatment. This doesn’t necessarily mean all three technologies would be used on you though – that would be up to your practitioner to decide. Morpheus8 can be used safely under the eyes right up to the lower lid. Find a great practitioner, set up a consultation and get their expert…

Hi, can you recommend what a 73-year-old can have after 3 Profhilo treatments and 3 Skinpen treatments (alternate months)? As in RF or any other skin and jaw tightening treatment?

Hi, I'd be tempted to keep going with monthly microneedling for another three months, then leave it for a while because those needling sessions will go on delivering their benefits (in skin strength, smoothness and tightening) for several more months, particularly with all that Profhilo in your skin (which won't need doing again until six months after your first session of it).  See what your skin is looking like after all that before you step up to anything else. Yes, you could try RF – what does your practitioner suggest?…

I’m exploring a radiofrequency needling procedure and wanted to understand if the treatment has a side effect of reducing fat in the face? I have a slim face and have lost fat and don’t want to have a treatment which exacerbates this further.

Find a great practitioner and you'll be fine, seriously. Radiofrequency microneedling treatments are terrific for tightening and smoothing the skin. Yes, the ones with longer needles CAN go deep enough to give a fat-busting effect, but a good practitioner would only do that if it was needed, and after discussing and agreeing this with their patient.

I am looking for a device to tighten and lift my skin for my face and body. I have Profhilo, toxin and fillers and was wondering which of the following would work best for me: Lyma, Wellbox or Dermalux Flex? Does the Dermalux tighten and lift? I am…

I hate to say it but none of those will give you noticeable lift and tightening. The Lyma is highly unlikely to achieve anything, it doesn't have the power. I don't know the Wellbox. I love the Dermalux – it's a medically-certified device – and while this will help a lot with the condition of your skin, helping it regenerate from the inside and become stronger and better hydrated, reducing redness and helping pigmentation a little, your skin will look younger and smoother, but it doesn't make any claims for tightening and lifting. In-clinic treatment with something like radiofrequency microneedling is a better bet – find a great…

Hi Alice. Can you recommend a specialist facelift plastic surgeon in the UK, preferably deep plane technique? At 64 yrs old now tweakments alone cannot address my sagging skin.

I'd see if you can get an appointment with Rajiv Grover who is an outstanding facial plastic surgeon who is doing fab work with deep plane techniques.

Hi Alice. I know this isn’t a tweakments question, but could you recommend a good face & neck surgeon. I’m 64 and have used many tweakments but I have volume loss & laxity in my face and neck and I feel this is the only option left.

Hi, I'd suggest a consultation with Rajiv Grover who's an outstanding facial plastic surgeon, and see what he suggests.

Thinking about Ultherapy (I’m 50). I’ve just read that after age 57 there is no collagen left to stimulate. What are your thoughts on this? Is Ultherapy something you would recommend for the long term or is there an age it would stop working?

Great question. The really unfair thing about collagen-stimulating with energy-based tweakments (laser, radiofrequency, ultrasound) is that they work best on people who have more collagen in their skin, i.e. people in their 30s who barely need the treatments... and the older we get, the less collagen we have in our skin, and the less impressive a result we will get. We're losing collagen in the skin from the age of 25, and as women go through menopause our natural production of collagen tails off drastically (unless we take HRT). So it's not that you don't have any collagen left in your skin by the age of 57, but you'll have an awful lot…

Hi Alice, I would like to try a skin tightening treatment. I am 62 and regularly have Profhilo and have had fillers. With so many on the market which would you say is the most value for money with the least downtime?

I'd say your best bets are laser or RF microneedling of some sort. As to which brand and best value... it's hard to say. For me, it's more about the person who's using the device than the device itself, which is why I always suggest finding a great practitioner and seeking their advice because they'll be able to take a look at you and take your concerns and your budget into consideration, and advise whether you're a good candidate for a particular procedure. What you want is to get a good result, rather than just a cheap treatment. Having said that, clinics outside London are better value than those in Harley Street, where the overheads are…

Hi, just wondering if Profhilo would be a good match for me. I’m 64 with very thin saggy, dry skin. Would love to attain a dewy glow …. haha – can’t even recall what that’s like. Many thanks, Silvana

Hi Silvana, yes I'm sure that any injectable moisturiser treatment like Profhilo or Volite or Restylane Skinboosters would help. These treatments give skin a massive hydration boost, which helps the skin to regenerate itself from within and grow stronger and smoother and look more like it did when it was younger. You may need more rounds of treatment than average to achieve the results you're after – the older we are and the drier our skin, the more product it takes to work its magic on the skin. Follow this up with some high-quality skincare – there are lots of suggestions in the TTG shop.…

I’m 49 with not many wrinkles but noticing a lack of firmness in my lower cheek and around my eyes. What treatment will give a great result but without losing fat?

Hi, I'd try radiofrequency microneedling which is great for smoothing, strengthening and tightening the skin, particularly in those areas.

I’m looking looking for a non-surgical face lift/ collagen, elastin-fibre boosting treatment following on from surgical menopause. I’m interested in Ultherapy, Ultracel and Morpheus8 but confused as to which treatment to go for. Many thanks in…

Ah, sympathies. I'd go for a radiofrequency microneedling treatment. There are several different brands of this treatment, including Morpheus8, Profound RF (which I tried last year – read about my experience here) and Secret RF, which give results more swiftly than ultrasound-based treatments and which improve skin quality, too, and follow this up with an injectable moisturiser/ skinbooster treatment such as Profhilo or Belotero Revive, to help get hydration back into your skin. Also, if you're up for/ able to access hormone replacement therapy, that will help your skin enormously.…

Hi Alice, I'm keen to have some kind of skin tightening laser for my undereyes, however I'm worried about the metal eye shields they put in your eyes after the problems you had with your eyes! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Debbie

Hi Debbie, you ought to be alright with the eye shields – so many surgeons and laser practitioners contacted me while I was recovering and said they were shocked because they'd been using the shields for years and years and had never had an issue like that. As long as the practitioner is familiar with using the shields, and uses enough lubrication drops as well as anaesthetic drops, you should be fine. The other alternative is to try a radiofrequency or RF microneedling treatment which can be used all around the eyes without requiring those shields.…

What's your opinion on Exilis versus Ultherapy for skin tightening?

Exilis is a radiofrequency treatment which has a kind of 'shrink-wrapping' effect on the skin; Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to achieve the same sort of damage-and-remodelling to the collagen in the skin... they're both good treatments that can produce great results on the right patient. My opinion would be to get your face in front of a great practitioner and ask them what they'd recommend for your particular concerns, and whether you're the right patient for either of these treatments.…

What is the most effective filler for a 63 year old with a thin face and thin skin?

Hiya, editor Georgia here answering on Alice's behalf. One filler isn't necessarily more 'effective' than another. Each brand will have a range of filler products in its line that are better suited to various indications depending on their composition – like the lips vs. the jawline, for example – but what's best for your own face is impossible to say for anyone other than the practitioner assessing you. Use our practitioner finder to find a brilliant injector near you, and set up a consultation. They may even recommend a treatment other than filler. This is the only way to find out what will be most effective for your concerns.…

I had moisture injectables in my neck region, is this a similar thing to Profhilo? I can’t remember the brand but it wasn't Profhilo?

Hiya, editor Georgia here answering on Alice's behalf. Without being able to say for sure as you can't remember the exact name of the product you had injected, Profhilo is categorised as an injectable moisturiser, yes. Other widely-used products in this category include Sunekos, Juvederm Volite, Restylane Skinboosters, Belotero Revive and Texone Redensity 1. If none of these ring any bells it would be a good idea to get back in touch with the practitioner who did your previous treatment and ask what product they used, and how much you had injected. It's always good to note down exactly what products you had injected in your face and when,…

Does Profhilo work?

Hiya – editor Georgia here answering on Alice's behalf. Yes, Profhilo works if you're a suitable candidate. However, no tweakment is 100 percent guaranteed to give you the results you're after – it's also about being realistic with your expectations. Some people try Profhilo and don't see much of a result, so go on to try another injectable moisturiser like Teosyal Redensity 1, Restylane Skinboosters, Juvederm Volite or Belotero Revive, and are satisfied. There are a few on the market so it may be worth finding a practitioner who offers a couple of them and knows each product's ideal patient selection well.…

Can I have Profhilo when I'm breastfeeding?

Difficult one to answer - in that technically the treatment won't harm you. Not that there are studies to show this, as no companies want to use pregnant women as a test group for any cosmetic treatment. But legally, doctors should not treat a woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding with anything unless there is a medical need to do so.

In your opinion is Dermalux able to tighten the skin enough I would not need Morpheus8 if I used it regularly?

Hi, short answer - no. these are two very different treatments. Yes they both work by stimulating collagen production in the skin, but they work in different ways. The Dermalux Flex is using red LED light to gently rejuvenate the skin, by improving hydration, prompting the development of more collagen and reducing inflammation in the skin so it takes down redness and also reducing uneven brown pigmentation. As you say, the benefits are cumulative, so you need to use it consistently - and the more the better. Morpheus8 and other forms of radiofrequency microneedling  cause huge immediate damage to the skin, by creating thousands of…

What do you think about Ulthera for skin tightening? Or just ultrasound in general?

I prefer Ultherapy (Ulthera) to other types of HIFU skin tightening as it has a visualiser in the device so the practitioner can "see" into the skin and position each pulse at the right depth so it hits the collagen layer, not the fat.

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