Clash of the Titans: Sagging skin vs. Skin Tightening Titan

Clash of the Titans: Sagging skin vs. Skin Tightening Titan

Getting old is a part of life, we all know that and reluctantly accept it. Switching coffee with tea, getting to bed at 9 pm, spending your weekend in a blanket watching a TV show…Those are things we get used to and even start to enjoy, after the initial shock (what happened to getting out four times a week?).

However, experiencing the first signs of getting older on our skin (literally), that is the part we are not fond of. Say hello to back pains, mood swings (thank you menopause), knees being sensitive to every weather change, and one of the most hated things – sagging skin.

Let’s be honest, you can love being a wiser, more beautiful, confident version of yourself.
But, when you see that loose neck skin or your eyelid getting lower by the day, it can make you feel…you know.
Why does it happen, is there something you can do to prevent it, what is the best solution – all of these questions are being answered below, so stay tuned.

The “Physics” Behind It

Even though sagging skin can also happen after weight loss, it is usually a result of getting older.

You have definitely heard of collagen and elastin – two pillars of young, healthy skin.
Their main job is to support skin and make it look fresh, smooth, and tight.
Unfortunately, with the aging of the skin in combination with harmful UV rays, those two pillars start to decline. Collagen breaks down in the skin, and because of the aging part, it is not refilled as quickly as before, the skin starts to sag.
Let’s take a look at the numbers – there were some studies that said after the age of 20, a person will produce 1% less collagen every year. But, in the first five years of menopause, that number is 30% in total. That collagen loss is followed by dry, thin, and less resilient skin.
More “good” news – because of the loss of elasticity in the skin, fat also moves from the upper part of the face, causing it to drop. A gentle reminder, as we get older gravity is not our friend anymore.

What Causes It?

So far, we have learned the science behind the sagging skin, but there is still a remaining question when does it actually happen?
The most common reason, that we have already mentioned, is definitely aging.

We are not going to talk more about collagen and elastin, but we will say that there are some external factors that speed up their inevitable process.
Sun exposure is the number one factor, of course.

However, there are a couple of more:

  • Environmental factors, that is pollutants in the air, e.g. cigarette smoke
  • Lifestyle factors, also known as unhealthy habits, such as bad nutrition and too much alcohol consumption

These factors can have a bad influence on your skin and make you look older than you actually are (even though the Halloween season is upon us, this information is too scary for us).

Next on the “The sagging skin” agenda is weight loss. If you are overweight and you lose a lot of weight really fast, that can also cause your skin to sag. The simple explanation behind it is that weight loss can cause damage to the collagen, as well as elastin fibers. This damage can make it harder for the skin to recover after weight loss, which can result in your skin becoming saggy.

Like there are not enough side effects to pregnancy, sagging skin can also be one of them (we know, it’s not fair). Your body changes its shape and sometimes it can’t bounce back as easily as we hoped, which is more common when talking about twins, triples, and so on… Basically, the more children, the bigger the risk of saggy skin.

Keep It Under Control

We believe that you are familiar with the saying “Better safe than sorry”. Well, it can definitely be applied here.
Prevention is a great way to slow down the process of your skin getting droopier by the second, even though with these tips and tricks you can’t stop it.

You can try some of these methods, but fair warning, they may require a lifestyle change:

  • Wear sunscreen – this tip is high on almost every list there is because it can only do you good. Protecting your skin from UV filters can help it look younger and healthier.
  • Keep a healthy diet full of antioxidants and fats, and avoid too much sugar and carbohydrates
  • Excercise, because it improves your immune system and circulation; especially weight lifting, pilates, yoga…can do amazing things for your skin
  • Beauty sleep is a real thing because tiredness can easily show up on your skin
    Stay away from cigarettes, because it speeds up collagen loss (yes, even that one cigarette you sneak from everyone)
  • Not to be cruel, but reduce alcohol intake
  • We talk all the time about the magnificent retinol – experience all the benefits it has to offer, it is proven that it improves collagen
  • The one that is almost impossible in this day and age – reduce stress as much as possible
  • We know that you are tired of hearing this, but water does wonders to your skin, so hydrate all day, every day

Our main duty is to underline the fact that these methods can help you slow down the sagging process, but unfortunately, they can not stop it.

The Clash Of The Titans

We have a joke for you – What happens when saggy skin meets our mighty treatment TITAN? It gets so scared, that it straights itself up.
Ok, it may not be a good joke, but the treatment is amazing.

Its main goal is to create a tighter-looking skin on the surface and it does that with a safe infrared light to heat the dermis.
Titan stimulates collagen growth in a painless way.
Yes, we know it sounds too good to be true, but keep reading, it gets better.

Who Can Benefit From It?

Titan treatment is good for any skin type and skin colour, perfect for anyone looking to tighten their face. It is especially recommended for people in their 30s and 40s, whose skin just started to sag.

This treatment will gradually improve your skin, but the best results can be seen in about 1-3 months after it, because it takes a while for collagen to rebuild. Best results are noticeable when a series of three treatments are done at four weeks intervals, however, that also can depend on age and skin condition. Even though the lucky ones may see results from the treatment immediately, usually they appear slowly.
Anyhow, when the treatments are complete, you are left with tighter and more youthful-looking skin.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t undergo this treatment if you are currently pregnant or have been using retinoids for acne within the past six months.
Also, if you have tattoos in the area you want to treat, you should avoid it, because the ink will interfere with the level of infrared light penetration.

Downtime & Side Effects

Titan Skin Tightening is a great option because there is no downtime. After the treatment, you can continue with your day, put on makeup, wear sunscreen.

As far as side effects go, they can be minimal and will disappear after a couple of hours:

  • Minor swelling
  • Redness around the treated area
  • The feeling of sunburn around the area

Bonus tip: doctors usually recommend putting cold packs on the treated area in order to ease the irritation.
Nonetheless, if these side effects last a bit longer, you should consult your chosen doctor.

It’s the circle of life, you are born with a baby skin that, if you are lucky enough, can last long into your 20s. That is, if puberty doesn’t do you wrong.

Then, one day you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror and the dreaded question appears – when did I start getting old?
For some people, that realization can have an impact on their self-esteem.

When that happens, it is more than ok to seek improvement and Titan Skin Tightening is a great treatment for that, because of its painless invasive ways.
Our team in Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Clinic has years of experience with it and we would gladly help you on your journey to healthy skin – book a consultation today.

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