Loose skin, medically known as skin laxity or sagging skin, is characterised by a lack of firmness and elasticity in the skin. It often appears wrinkled, droopy, and may hang loosely, particularly in areas where there has been significant weight loss or a reduction in underlying tissue support. Common areas where loose skin is observed include the abdomen, arms, thighs, and face.
Several factors contribute to the development of loose skin. One of the primary causes is a reduction in collagen and elastin production in the skin. Collagen provides structural support and elasticity, while elastin allows the skin to stretch and bounce back. Ageing is a natural factor in the decline of collagen and elastin levels, leading to reduced skin firmness.
Rapid or substantial weight loss is another common cause of loose skin. When a person loses a significant amount of weight, particularly over a short period of time, the skin may not have enough time to adapt and contract to the body’s new contours, resulting in excess skin.
Pregnancy, especially in cases of multiple pregnancies or large gestational weight gain, can also lead to loose abdominal skin. Additionally, prolonged sun exposure, smoking, and genetics can contribute to skin laxity.
The appearance of loose skin can impact an individual’s self-confidence and body image. It can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and may affect clothing choices. In some cases, loose skin may also cause physical discomfort or hygiene issues.
While there are surgical procedures available that can address loose skin, less invasive treatments can be just as effective, and produce long term results. At Bank Medispa Morpheus8 and ONDA Body Contouring are safe and effective options that can be used to firm and tighten loose skin. A course of treatments that ensure minimal recovery time can also work to improve cellulite, lines and wrinkles, and some fat loss.