What is Skin Laxity?
Skin laxity refers to loose, saggy or lax skin. Ranging from mild, moderate to severe conditions, it is something that all of us will face in time as we move through different stages of our lives.
Causes of Skin Laxity
Intrinsic factors refer to natural processes within our body. The two main intrinsic components affecting skin laxity are Collagen and Elastin. Collagen and elastin are found in the deeper layer of the skin (Dermis), right above the fatty layer beneath the skin (Epidermis).
Collagen is a fibrous, supportive protein that binds cells together. It is found in the bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendon of all animals. While there are many different types of collagen, the most common and responsible for skin strength and elasticity is Type 1 collagen.
Risk Factors & Complications
- Harsh weather
- UV exposure
- Life events such as pregnancy and drastic weight changes
- Lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking
- Poor diet resulting in nutrient deficiencies
- Lack of sleep
Skin Laxity Treatments
While it is not impossible to tighten skin naturally, it requires significant time and dedication. The results are often extremely mild and superficial for the level of input effort. Natural means tend to work better as prevention of skin laxity rather than treatment.
Unless your skin laxity is severe, it is generally recommended to seek non-invasive treatments first before considering going under the knife.
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