Skin Laxity

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As we age, the production of collagen and elastin in our bodies decreases. These two components are critical in building firm and elastic skin. Skin laxity occurs when the skin loses its firmness and structure and becomes loose and starts to sag.

Causes of Skin Laxity

Skin laxity, sometimes referred to as drooping skin, is when the skin loses its elasticity and firmness as a result of a reduction in the production of collagen and elastin. This could occur naturally as we age, but it could also be speeded up by things like sun exposure, smoking, weight fluctuations, and heredity. The skin becomes more prone to drooping and wrinkles as it loses suppleness. A loss of facial volume and contour can also be attributed to underlying muscles and fat shifting.

  • Sun exposure is the number one factor that contributes to the loss of collagen and aging skin. The UV radiation from the sun damages the skin and makes it age faster.
  • Free radicals in our environment also affect our skin negatively.
  • Urban regions with higher pollution concentration can make the skin age quicker.
  • A lack of antioxidants in the body can also cause skin laxity. Antioxidants inhibit the free radicals that damage the skin. Their lack allows free radicals to damage skin more easily.

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