What Causes Sagging Skin?
As we begin to age, our skin naturally starts to lose collagen and elastin, two very important factors that contribute to youthful and firm-looking skin. As these natural proteins in the body decrease, the skin begins to sag and droop. While there is no way to prevent the natural loss of collagen and elastin, there are multiple advances in technology to help improve signs of loose skin without having to undergo invasive facial surgery. Microneedling, Ultherapy, and dermal fillers, like Juvederm Voluma® and Juvederm, and Volbella offer an effective, non-invasive solution to sagging facial skin.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectables designed to target areas at rest that require volume and lift; for example, the cheeks and lips. Dermal fillers create volume in the face and therefore lift the wrinkles and folds up, smoothing out the skin’s surface and texture.
One type of dermal filler that is commonly used to treat loose and sagging skin is Voluma®. A product of the trusted Juvederm family, Juvederm Voluma® is the very first FDA-approved injectable gel for adding instant volume to the cheeks, reducing the appearance of sagging skin, and enhancing the facial profile for a more youthful look. Results from using Voluma® can last up to two years, making it a popular option for long-lasting change.
Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC
Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC is a dermal filler formulated with hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body. This filler is much thicker than other dermal fillers available, which means it can provide even more volume. This is a great treatment option to improve the look of the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds (folds around your nose and mouth).
Juvederm Volbella® is a dermal filler created with Vycross technology, helping to provide longer-lasting results than other dermal fillers. Volbella was specifically designed to enhance and increase lip volume, as well as help treat vertical lip lines around the mouth.
Other Solutions for Sagging Skin
There are other non-surgical options for addressing skin laxity.
Microneedling is a safe, effective, non-surgical option for skin tightening. Tiny needles penetrate the skin, causing thousands of micro-injuries to the dermis. This stimulates the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process, produces new collagen and elastin. At Panacea Plastic Surgery, we offer a few different microneedling options. Microneedling with Plant Peptides encourages skin renewal and protein synthesis to achieve younger-looking skin. Microneedling with a Human Growth Factor enhances results by stimulating even more collagen production. Last but certainly not least, we offer Microneedling with PRP, the most popular form of microneedling. However, we don’t use just any PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Panacea Plastic Surgery is excited to offer PRFM (Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix), the next generation of PRP. This patented system causes the growth factors to remain active for up to 7 days, compared to only a few hours with traditional PRP.
Another effective, non-surgical option for treating loose, sagging skin is Ultherapy. It is the ONLY FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that lifts and tightens the skin. The treatment utilizes Ultrasound technology. Unlike laser treatments, the ultrasound waves pass through the skin, without disturbing the surface of the skin, targeting the deeper tissues to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It reaches the same depth as a surgical facelift! There is no other non-invasive treatment that reaches that deep. Results will be visible over the course of 2-3 months after treatment, though the skin continues to lift and tighten for up to 6 months.
Why Choose Panacea Plastic Surgery?
It is important to know that many practices have nurses or physician’s assistants performing injectable treatments. At Panacea Plastic Surgery, only our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Abboushi and Dr. Singh administer the injections. Both doctors have extensive education and training in the field of facial anatomy, so you can rest assured that you will be receiving the highest quality of care.
To learn more about the best solution for tightening loose or sagging skin, or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Dr. Abboushi & Dr. Singh, please fill out the form on this page or call Panacea Plastic Surgery at 770-929-0634. We look forward to working with you!