The last of those—sagging—happens because collagen, the structural support of your skin, diminishes over time. Collagen loss also contributes mightily toward volume loss and wrinkle formation; the very best way to stay youthful-looking is not to lose it in the first place, says New York dermatologist Dr. Robert Anolik , clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine he also advised us on our piece about lasers. While most dermatologists agree, they often disagree on which is the absolute best treatment—understandable, because there are now so many options.
Supportive underlying tissues of the skin contract, resulting in a tighter, more uplifted appearance to the skin. Both treatments have been used with success on the face and areas of the body. Some of the most dramatic results have been seen in the area of the neck and jawline. However, these treatments are also showing some promising results on sagging skin on the abdomen, upper arms, butt, and thighs, and seem to offer some help with diminishing the appearance of cellulite as well. Unlike with ablative lasers or chemical peels , there is no peeling of the top layer of skin, and therefore the procedures are more suitable for patients with darker skin tones, because of the significantly lowered risk of pigmentation changes.
Some treatments also affect fibrous tissue to help smooth cellulite. There are numerous FDA cleared skin tightening treatments and technologies on the market; each uses a unique mechanism to achieve the desired result. As we age, production of collagen and elastin—two proteins that help our skin stay plump, firm and smooth—slows down, resulting in areas of lax, sagging skin on the face, neck and body.
Do you find yourself gently pulling back skin on your face when you look in the mirror and wishing it would stay there? Does the jiggle in your upper arms bother you? These other options offer less downtime and lower cost. Another perk: Many can be used on just about any part of your body that needs a lift. Many come with such promising claims that you may feel you have to try them.