Sagging skin can be a side effect of the aging process — part and parcel to the fine lines and wrinkles that develop over time as skin loses elasticity and collagen production declines. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, smoking cigarettes, and a poor diet can all diminish elasticity. And you may also find yourself experiencing sagging skin if you’ve lost a large amount of weight — generally 100 pounds or more — as the stretched-out skin doesn’t always have the ability to bounce back.
There’s no miraculous cream or drug that will instantly remedy the situation outside of surgery, Dr. Jennifer Capla, a plastic surgeon in New York City, tells WebMD. This means face lifts, tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgery procedures are sometimes the only way to truly get rid of extreme cases of extra skin and/or wrinkles.
In more moderate problem areas, however, there are other ways to tighten skin and restore it to the best condition possible — especially before deciding to go under the knife. Let’s take a closer look at some of these methods and how you can start bettering your skin today.