Ways to correct skin laxity abound in Newport Beach

Lax or sagging skin has a genetic component. It is also a feature of aging. However, this does not mean you have to learn to live with saggy areas and folds. Furthermore, you can delay the onset of lax skin.

The roots of skin laxity

Youthful skin is taut and smooth. The outermost layer or epidermis contains sublayers that work together to rebuild the surface of the skin. As new cells in the lowest or basal cell layer divide, they push toward the surface layer, or stratum corneum. As outermost cells age and are shed they make way for new and durable cells.

This process of cell turnover occurs approximately every 28 to 30 days in young adults. In seniors it takes 45 to 50 days for the old, dead cells to be sloughed off and replaced by younger cells. Slower cell turnover shows up on the skin as lackluster appearance and dry texture.

The dermis makes up about 90 percent of the thickness of the skin. This underlying layer contains proteins of particular interest to those grappling with skin laxity: collagen and elastin. Collagen holds together the dermis and supports the epidermis. For this reason, you may hear about collagen as a “firming” protein. Elastin is a similar type of protein, only its role in your appearance is to help the skin spring back into place after it has been stretched.

When elastin and collagen are in abundant supply your skin is flexible and firm. As with other substances in the body, you make less of these proteins with age. Wrinkles, creases, furrows, folds, and loose areas replace smooth, tight, and well-defined surfaces and contours.

The subcutaneous layer of tissue contains both collagen and fat cells. In addition to the unwanted effects caused by decreased production of collagen, this fat layer also thins. There is less “cushion” to support the overlying skin. It is this layer that may be responsible for the altered shape of your face. In time, it may appear as if some of your features have begun to sag. Formerly full areas such as the apples of your cheeks can look hollow.

Correcting the effects of aging

Arta Dermatology offers a number of treatments to restore a more youthful surface, shape and definition of facial contours.

The heat produced via Radiofrequency energy delivered as part of Exilis treatment stimulates the production of collagen to tighten skin. Exilis may be used on both the face and the body, such as the fleshy parts of the arms and the jowls.

Some lasers can also stimulate a skin-tightening process of collagen remodeling. There are many types of chemical peels and dermal fillers, which may also be customized to treat wrinkles and folds.

Bring your questions about these and other types of treatments to Dr. Farshidi. To schedule an appointment, call (949) 531-7111.


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