Let’s be blunt, facial skin laxity makes us look old. As our youthful appearance fades along with elastin and collagen production, sagging loose skin makes it’s grand appearance. So too do those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to decreased facial skin laxity, even the best skin care products, skin regimens, and sunscreen often don’t cut it. Fortunately, we can utilize a number of skin tightening procedures to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate skin.
What is the anatomy of facial skin?
The integumentary system, also known as the skin has three main layers. The top layer known as the epidermis, the dermis (middle layer), and the hypodermis (deeper layer). Skin pigment cells (melanocytes) are found in the epidermis in the basal layer. Connective tissue and fat are found deeper within the hypodermis. Most important to us today are fibroblasts (collagen and elastin cells), which are found in the middle layer or dermis.
Our skin starts loosing it’s elasticity due to loss of collagen production, gravity and ageing. There are 3 major factors in your overall skin presentation which will determine how you look as you get older:
- Skin tone (refers to your overall skin colour, sun damage and any potential pigmentation issues)
- Skin texture (refers to the overall tightness of your skin. Wrinkles, droopy eyelids, heavy nasolabial folds and jowls are examples of poor skin texture)
- Skin volume (refers to how full and plump your skin is; it’s collagen and fat content)
Fibroblasts produce collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are two critical structural proteins. The majority of the dermal skin layer is composed of collagen and it provides strength to the skin. Elastin is elastic! Seriously, it allows your skin to stretch and then snap back to its original shape.
What causes the facial skin to lose its elasticity?
We all know skin sags as we age and our collagen and elastin production reduces. There are also a myriad of other factors that can hasten this natural process. Exposure to free radicals like ROS (reactive oxygen species) and RNS (reactive nitrogen species) can augment tissue damage. These free radicals are found in some personal hygiene products, harsh chemical cleaners, food additives, pesticides, and pollution. Stress, sleeping position, sun exposure, daily wear and tear, and significant weight loss will also contribute to collagen and elastin loss.
We will all experience decreased skin laxity as we age regardless of gender, ethnicity, or skincare. Some of us will notice sagging and drooping earlier than others, this is often termed ‘premature ageing’. Additionally, individuals who gain/lose excess (pregnancy) will experience skin laxity.
At Oo La La Cosmetic & Laser Clinic we offer many treatments to stimulate the body’s and skin’s response and regeneration process, resulting in an increase in collagen and elastin production. Your skin’s appearance improves with collagen, making it tighter, bouncier and overall healthier looking by improving it’s skin tone.
Please click of the links below to read about some of our most popular Anti-ageing Treatments:
STEM CELL REGENERATIVE THERAPY
IPL SKIN REJUVENATION
Not sure where to start? Book your complimentary Observ Skin analysis with us. Call us on (07)5539 9534 today