oss of Elasticity

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About Loss of Elasticity

loss of elasticityPinch your skin—on your face, your neck, or on the back of your hands. How quickly your skin recoils back to its original position is called elasticity. The more elastic your skin, the more youthful looking it is, snapping back into place quickly, and therefore, it is more firm and tight.

Elasticity is a result of a protein in the skin called elastin. It’s found in the deeper layers of skin, called the subcutaneous layer. It gives skin the ability to stretch and recoil.

Loss of elasticity is something we consult patients regularly about. The reasons for this loss include:

Sun damage

Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can trigger the breakdown of this important connective tissue, collagen and, elastin. Initially, you won’t see the effects of this sun exposure, but over time, this breakdown of elastin fibers will trigger loose, slack, and even sagging skin—all signs of premature skin aging. (This decrease in elasticity is called elastosis.)

We offer numerous state-of-the-art treatments that can reverse the slack, loose skin effect that results from this loss of elastin.

These include the very latest injectables—Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Perlane®, Voluma®, Radiesse®, Belotero Balance®, and Sculptra®—as well as lasers that can penetrate the deeper layers of skin to stimulate the growth of collagen, elastin and repair connective tissue. The result: smoother, firmer, tighter and more youthful-looking skin.

Keep in mind, even the most amazing treatments can be undone by just sitting, unprotected, in the sun again. This is why we strongly recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, year round.

Hormonal changes

As estrogen is a hormone that is gives elasticity to the skin, the slowdown in the production of estrogen as women age, means a loss of elasticity in skin.

A loss of estrogen can also trigger a decrease in something called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)—one of which is Hyaluronic Acid. These help maintain fluid balance and structural integrity in the skin and help boost production of the skin-firming protein, collagen, in the skin.

Our patients regularly get amazing results from our hyaluronic acid fillers. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural component of skin, by adding it back into aging skin through fillers like Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Voluma®, the look achieved can be incredibly natural and youthful. We have an aesthetic eye and are careful in creating this natural, beautiful, and youthful look—why our patients continue to trust us with their skin.

Fillers are amazing. They’re painless and give immediate results. They make wrinkles disappear, creases less deep and can give a more pronounced cheek. It begins with selecting the right filler for your needs and then injecting the right amount to get natural looking results. That’s my job”
— Dr. Dennis Gross

Loss of elasticity is a normal part of aging. But with the very latest anti-aging treatments we offer, you can overcome this loss of elasticity, restoring your skin to a more youthful, beautiful version of you.

 

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FAQs

I’ve recently lost a lot of weight—and find that the skin on my face is sagging a bit. What can I do to fix this?

Losing weight is an incredible achievement. Loss of elasticity after weight loss is common—particularly as we get older—as skin cannot keep up with the sudden changes in body weight and may not be able to shrink back to the same size as your new body. This loss of elasticity can leave unsightly excess skin on the face, under the chin, under the arms, and on the body. A customized treatment plan is recommended after extreme weight loss. We use a combination of fillers and lasers to restore elasticity and plumpness to slack skin.

Someone told me that if I drink enough water, my skin will look much younger. Is this true?

It’s true that water—like a healthy diet—is extremely important for healthy, more youthful skin. Drinking enough water, in particular, can help improve the look of your skin by keeping it supple and plump. (Often, a loss of elasticity is a symptom of dehydration.) So whatever anti-aging treatments you try, be sure to drink enough water. Healthy beauty starts from the inside.  However, be careful, as too much of anything can be unhealthy.

What’s the best treatment for sagging skin under the chin—and on the neck?

There is no one best treatment—but our philosophy is that a combination of treatments can be extremely effective. These treatments can include topical treatments, injectables, and lasers—which can stimulate the growth of the skin-firming proteins collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of skin.

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Contact us for more information about setting up a consultation about how to treat your loss of elasticity:
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