The natural aging process is often to blame for sagging skin, but there also a lot of myths and half-truths out there on what really contributes to this skin concern.
To find out the truth about what really causes the skin to droop, here are the three common misconceptions you need to stop believing, along with your options to lift and tighten skin.
Myth #1: Jogging makes your face sag.
Fact: If you read our blog about reversing sagging skin, you probably know that aging (which leads to the slow production of both collagen and elastin) is the major contributor to the drooping of the skin.
The face can also sag with loss of weight and facial fat, but not necessarily because of running or jogging alone. While the activity can cause your entire body to bounce up and down, there is no clinical evidence that it can damage your collagen and cause sagging skin.
A more possible culprit is long hours of jogging or training outdoors without sun protection. This can lead to premature aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
Whenever going for a run outdoors, slather on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 45. Don’t forget other protection options such as protective clothing, sun glasses, visor, or hat.
Myth #2: Sleeping on your side and stomach can cause sagging skin.
Fact: While your sleeping position doesn’t necessarily cause sagging, it can contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you regularly sleep with your face pressed against the pillow, you also unconsciously apply repeated pressure on your skin, leading to visible lines.
One remedy to this is sleeping on your back, which avoids any pressure on the face. If you, however, are not a fan of this sleeping position, it is recommended to replace your cotton pillowcase with a silk one. This reduces friction to your face, cutting down on irritation and helping the skin retain moisture.
Myth #3 Only plastic surgery can correct sagging skin.
Fact: While it is true that a surgical facelift can address wrinkles and droopy skin, it isn’t the only option to firm and tighten sagging skin. Thankfully, scientists discovered and invented devices that use safe and proven ‘energies’ to stimulate collagen without cutting or disrupting the skin.
If you’re not willing to do go under the knife, these non-surgical skin tightening devices are worth considering. These doesn’t involve any cuts and incision but uses energy-based technologies, with minimal to no down time.
Here are your options for non-surgical skin tightening:
Option #1: Ultherapy
This non-invasive facelift procedure uses the power of ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin. It uses a US FDA-cleared device called Ulthera, which delivers time-tested focused ultrasound energy that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin – the same layer that is treated in surgical face lift.
When the ultrasound energy is delivered, it triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the process that starts the production of new collagen.
Ultherapy can be used skin on the face, brow, under the chin, and on the neck. It can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and chest areas.
You can check out our previous blog to learn more about this procedure and find out why Ultherapy stands out from other skin tightening procedures.
Option #2: Titan
Titan from Cutera is a skin tightening device/procedure that uses a US FDA-cleared infrared light that heats the dermis well below the surface of the skin. This causes immediate collagen contraction, which then leads to tighter skin. Titan also features continuous cooling to protect the skin’s surface throughout the procedure.
The treatment can be used for tightening lax skin in your face, arms, abdomen, and legs, as well as reducing the appearance of lines and folds. It can give your skin a healthy and youthful appearance without surgery, cuts, or longer recovery time.
Option #3: Exilis Ultra
Exilis Ultra is a non-invasive treatment that can tighten the skin, reduce fat cells, and promote collagen production. It also uses a US FDA-cleared device that simultaneously delivers radiofrequency and ultrasound energies to target specific face and body parts with minimal to zero discomfort.
The combination of radiofrequency and ultrasound heats the skin layer to promotes collagen production resulting to a tighter, firmer skin.
The Exilis device comes with two applicators: small and big. The small one heats the deep layers to tighten the skin and treat small areas of the body like the hands and arms. The big applicator, on the other hand, uses the same technology to reduce fat and tighten loose belly skin.
Option #4: PDO Threads
PDO thread lift in Singapore involves the insertion of strong and absorbable PDO threads into the deeper layers of the skin. This stimulates collagen growth that can lift and tighten the skin. It is ideal for lifting saggy skin on the mid-face, jawline, and the neck.
At Cutis Laser Clinics, we have the Dr. Perfect V-Line Thread Lift, which uses KDFA and CE marked polydiaxanone (PDO) threads. These are inserted using a very fine cannula, which reduces the risk of bruising compared to normal needles.
The inserted threads will gradually dissolve after six months, but the effects will continue to remain for up to two years or as long as the new collagen maintains the lift in your skin. You can learn more about the benefits of undergoing a thread lift procedure by reading our previous post.
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Don’t let sagging skin ruin your looks and confidence.
To find out more on which non-surgical skin tightening procedure is suitable for you, please contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez.