Sagging Skin Before and After

March 12, 2012

Sagging skin is a very common problem which occurs as people get older or after dramatic weight loss. With age, the skin can become loose on the face, jowls, neck and even on the back. If the problem is only mild, causing fine lines and wrinkles, then you could use minimally invasive skin tightening methods such cosmetic laser surgery or a non-surgical face lift. For more severe problems such as under eye bags you could try a less invasive option such as green tea bags. But more often, you will need professional eyebag removal for this type of sagging skin. If you are starting to see signs of a turkey neck or sagging jowls, then you may consider a lower face lift to tighten things back up again and even get rid of some wrinkles. After losing a large amount of weight the usual places you can experience skin sag include the face, arms and abdomen. If you’re young enough and didn’t drop down that many sizes, you should just wait and see if your skin shrinks back into place naturally. Help it out by not smoking, massaging the skin and researching other methods of tightening the skin without surgery. If you’re dealing with bat wings, then an brachioplasty can really help to put your upper arms back into shape. Many weight loss achievers also find that dreaded flap of skin hanging over the belly, which can be cut away during tummy tuck surgery. After all that hard work, you actually want to look and feel good about yourself. Going under the knife may be the only way to remodel you skin.

Before and after photo

Buttocks Sagging Skin Before and After #1

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Lonnie hadn’t lost a large amount of weight a few years ago and from her skin naturally aging it began to sag and develop cellulite. She was so insecure about her behind and the looks of her thighs she wanted professional help and saw a surgeon. Her physician advised a lower body lift to which she happily agreed even though it was a little pricey. The after image was taken two weeks later. She will now just have to wait for the scar to heal naturally.

Causes of sagging skin

There are quite a few factors to take into account with sagging skin, it’s not usually just one of them either. Being the first culprit is by far aging, this is because as people age their skin loses something called elastin and collagen, tissue supporting connections which make it youthful. Facial muscles are known to weaken as we all age as well. Too much time in the sun in your days can also affect your skin’s elasticity and make it sag and produce wrinkles all over the body. Another major cause is weight loss, especially rapid weight loss with bad dieting. At the end of the day we can’t do much about it ourselves but there are treatments available which we will go into a little further, for a full list of treatments we encourage you all to check out the “related procedures” further down the page, from there you’ll be able to see what options you have available to you.

Before treatment

Prior to ever getting sagging skin you should have preventative measures in place so this doesn’t happen, this won’t help you if you are just too old and your skin can’t possible retain its elasticity. First you should try preventing, then less invasive treatments to more invasive treatments. If you plan to lose weight be sure to lose it gradually, this is vital as all your hard work can go to waste otherwise. Have a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of fluids especially water, exercise and get plenty of recovery (especially sleep). If you start noticing your skin is beginning to sag a little use start applying a good moisturizer, this is the first step. Make sure you are not low on any vital vitamins with a blood check at your next doctors appointment. Before spending a lot of money on further treatments you should try obtaining your optimum weight you’re trying to achieve before doing this. A less invasive method are lasers which melt fat below the skin while tightening it, it’s known as a form of non-incision liposuction and should be your next step before going all out on something like a tummy tuck, face lift, this all however depends on where your sagging skin is located. Building muscle in an area where there is sagging skin will reduce the sag by stretching the skin such as if you’re a male and have sagging skin under the arms from rapid weight loss you can always try building your biceps to stretch the skin out.

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Risks, complications & side effects

Depending on which treatment or procedure you wish to try the risks vary depending of course on how invasive it is. Using moisturizing cream as such poses no risk at all while a under the knife facelift can pose serious complications and it’s a good idea to do your research and not be talked into it by someone whose just looking for your business, there are people out there like that. Treatments which effectively eliminate sagging skin fall into several categories and these are various lasers, peels, lifts and liposuction. With any human body being prone to developing skin sag anywhere due to certain conditions there is a huge list which we’re not able to write here as it would be pages long. We highly recommend you visit each of the “related procedures” we’ve listed down the bottom of the page which relate to sagging skin and see which one’s you’re not afraid of trying and have funds available for. If we were to pick one that would be by far the worst we’d have to say it would be the lifts, these require invasive surgery, removal of chunks of skin and joining skin together, this would pose the highest risk especially if it would fall in the facial area as it’s the most important part of our body when it comes to looks.

Recovery time

Below we will list the average recovery periods for general treatments available for sagging skin. Peels – Generally between a few days up to a few months if you include redness of the face. Usually the deeper the peel is supposed to treat the more recovery time there will Lifts – Usually a month up to two months Lasers – 5 days to 1 month

After surgery

Hopefully there will be noticeable results and not much recovery time for you. If the procedure was successful then you should try your best not to put on weight and risk getting sagging skin again. The effects of most of the treatments available for sagging skin last at least a couple of years, maybe not all of the peels though. Remember there are limits to what you can do with your skin once you reach a certain age so don’t expect miracles from your cosmetic/plastic surgeons. Once you’ve had a treatment be sure to post a review online about it about it to share your experience with the world and recommend or put down what works or not, how much you paid, where you had it done and how much you paid. The key is to enjoy the new you if it turned out well and don’t look back.

Cost

Check out the average price list below categorized by the main types of procedures available.

Peels

Lifts

Lasers

Liposuction

Opinions

My name is Martha and I’m 48. I recently had holiday surgery in Sydney, Australia where I had a tummy tuck done for less than four thousand dollars. I’ve suffered from sagging skin from my tummy since I was young; I think it was a genetic problem because my mother had the same thing too. I’ve always been pretty fit and never been too overweight and never obese, I guess I was just unlucky. It took me years to save up the money to have it done but it was worth it as it was my body’s only defect at my age I’d have to say. I go beaching in California where I was born and beauty is very important to me because you only live once and I think success is measured by how you look, even though I don’t expose my stomach at business meetings I needed to have it done. The operation wasn’t a hard thing to go through but the recovery time was quite painful, but then again I’m not very tolerant of pain. There was very little swelling and no infections thank god and even though the scars took months to fully heal I’m extremely satisfied with the outcome. I was first thinking twice about holiday surgery but really wanted to fit it in on my holiday as I work hard and didn’t want to recover on sick days. Thermage and accent laser was an option for me originally and I decided against that as I wanted the job done properly by an internationally renowned plastic surgeon. It was my most painful holiday but one that I’m glad I took. Sydney was beautiful by the way. Submitted by Martha on 25th of April, 2012

YouTube video

This YouTube video by Dr Darvish M.D. looks at various treatment options to tighten sagging skin. The least invasive method is creams, which can only do so much – about 10-15% but it depends on the person. The recommended is one made by Revision. Cosmetic lasers such as Thermage are more effective and can be used on anywhere on the body and on any skin type and there’s no downtime. Fraxel, ablative, Co2 and erbium also work well to remove skin sag.

More before and after photos

Love Handles and Thighs Loose Skin Before and After #2

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Tia also was recommended a lower body lift to reduce the amount of sagging loose skin after major weight loss. As you can see from the middle photo, that’s how much she really wished removed. The doctor did the best he could and her buttocks and thighs look nothing like what they used to. The after photo looks great besides the scar which will completely heal. Tia is content with the procedure.

Saggy Arm Skin Before and After Photo #3

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Donna needed brachioplasty after her skin didn’t firm due to quick weight loss. She chose to have the procedure done due to insecurity, it was the only sagging skin that bothered her. She was left with no other choice but to have brachioplasty (upper arm liposuction). She says she’s very happy with the treatment results after two months post treatment.

Neck and Face Saggy Loose Skin Before and After #4

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Sharron needed a neck lift after years of yo-yo dieting. By her mid 50’s she was left with a turkey neck and there was no turning back without the help of a professional plastic surgeon. She was advised to have a neck lift and decided to go ahead with it because money wasn’t an issue at the time. The treatment shaved many years off how she looks and she’s thrilled it turned out so good. The after picture was taken a month and a half post-treatment.

Abdomen Sagging Skin Before and After Treatment #5

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Carmella developed a wrinkly belly from weight she lost after her pregnancy. Her physician ultimately advised a Thermage treatment will reduce the amount of wrinkles. A Thermage machine uses radiofrequency to heat tissue under the skin to reduce wrinkling. A long time later (6 months) a picture of her tummy was taken with a drastic change in looks. She’s absolutely content and her money was well spent.

Loose Skin Fixed with a Body Lift Before and After Photo #6

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Marcus lost a massive amount of weight over a long period of time but was still left with a lot of unwanted sagging skin. He was so unhappy with how he look without a shirt he sought professional help. Marcus needed a male breast reduction and tummy tuck to rid himself of sagging skin and decided to save up for it. A year later he had it done and couldn’t have asked for anything else. Great results Marcus, just don’t put the weight back on.

Lower Abs Loose Skin Before and After Surgery #8

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Julio required a tummy tuck for his sagging skin after losing weight. He was happy to sit through the procedure and put up the money for a good purpose. The end result is amazing and he was happy he went through with it. The after photo was taken several months later. Now there is virtually no sagging skin at all.

Saggy Eyelid Skin Before and After Picture #10

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Damien needed lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) so his eyes didn’t look so puffy every day no matter how much sleep he got. He considered his face to be very important to him so went ahead surgery. His surgeon did a great job leaving Damien thrilled with the result.

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