5 Answers for How to Tighten Loose Skin
There are many different things that can cause our skin to lose its elasticity and sag away from our bodies. It can be not only a nuisance but could raise health problems like rashes or infections. We’ve put together an article with many different options for you to learn how to tighten loose skin:
- Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet
- Build muscle through exercise
- Boost collagen production
- Surgical options
- Non-surgical options
Why Skin Gets Loose
As we grow bigger, smaller, and move around, our skin moves with us. Skin is an incredibly elastic part of our body, able to mold with our bones, organs, blood circulation, and more. There are different layers of skin, which means each has their own different cells. The outer layer is the epidermis, which is constantly changing as it sheds and becomes exposed to outer elements.
Other layers are the connective tissues, fibers, blood vessels, and more – all which can easily stretch and contract with what is happening within our bodies. Connective tissues and fibers can get bunched up together and all tangled, leading to cellulite. Blood vessels or damaged valves cause blood backflow which lead to varicose veins. Everything from the outside of our skin to the deeper layers can affect its appearance.
When you lose weight, especially quickly, the elastic components of your skin lose fat, but they take a long time for the elastic to “snap” back into its new shape. There are also other factors that affect your skin’s elasticity and it’s related to collagen production like:
- Poor nutrition
- Excessive sun exposure
Your body’s collagen levels effect the skin’s elasticity, so when they are lowered, your body has a harder time responding to the loss of weight. In fact, after you turn 20, your collagen production declines 1% every year, and your skin’s thickness decreases about 7% every 10 years. This can cause saggy skin even if you aren’t overweight but are a rather average individual!
How to Tighten Loose Skin – The Top 5 Ways
Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet
Keeping you skin healthy and nourished is easiest to do by following the golden rule of eight glasses of water a day. It not only prevents dryness and maintains a natural glow, but it can help improve your skin’s elasticity. Adequate protein is important for healthy skin and amino acids (lysine and proline) play a role in collagen production. Not to mention vitamin C is need for collagen synthesis.
Build muscle through exercise
Even if you’ve managed to hit your goal weight, keep on going! Crash diets and too much treadmill can cause you not only to lose fat but muscle too. Resistance training can help gain definition and get rid of excess flab without the concern of being too muscly. High impact activities like aerobics can also rejuvenate the skin.
Boost collagen production
While using topical creams may not seem like a solution, a good skin care regimen focused on ingredients with collagen-forming components can really help. Look for products with vitamin C, glycolic acid, peptides, and SPF to protect your skin from the sun.
It’s hard to get excited about surgery, but it is an option. Surgery can give you the ultimate tightening effect since you’re removing excess skin, but there are many disadvantages associated with it like the downtime and recover, bruising, discomfort, and potential scarring. You can also damage your skin by pulling it, making it more susceptible to sun damage.
There’s some good reason non-surgical procedures are on the rise. They offer noticeable results without the knife, downtime, or side effects associated with surgical options. The results may not be instantaneous, but recover is less, and it is a lot cheaper than surgery. The common, non-surgical ways are:
- Laser – use infrared light source like radio frequency to tighten by heating collagen under the skin’s surface
- Ultherapy – ultrasound-guided treatment initiating a response from collagen production beneath the skin
- Microneedling – Micro-needles create tiny holes that initiate a response form the body’s repair mechanism, producing collagen
How to Tighten Loose Skin at Sculpt MD – BTL Exilis ™
At Sculpt MD, we offer skin tightening in Livermore with the BTL Exilis treatment. It is a non-surgical procedure that is one-of-a-kind in the industry. It combines radio frequency with ultrasound technology to tighten the skin from your head to your toes.
The heated, ultrasound energy is delivered to the depths of your skin without any pain, treating the superficial layers of the skin in the collagen fibers. It creates a contraction, which makes your body rapidly produce a significant amount of collagen to create a tighter, smoother appearance to your skin.
By scheduling a consultation with us, we can tailor your treatments to you! Your time with our doctor allows you to express your concerns and desires, creating the ultimate treatment plan for you!
Sculpt MD Offers Microneedling
Just when you thought having a machine that offers both non-surgical skin tightening procedures in one was perfect, we also offer Microneedling for any other skin concerns you may be facing! We offer Microneedling for:
- Hair restoration
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
When scheduling your skin tightening consultation, ask our doctor about Microneedling options for you!