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Dr Lau Chun Lim: Does Tanned Mean Toned? 8 Myths About Saggy Skin

By Dr Lau Chun Lim
Dr Lau Chun Lim

If you have saggy skin or want to avoid looking like you have saggy skin, you might have tried different methods – a popular one is sun tanning. While sunkissed skin may create the illusion of toned skin, what you get is actually the reverse; excessive suntanning results in collagen loss and premature ageing. 

In this article, allow me to debunk some of the most common myths about sagging skin so you don’t waste your time on solutions that don’t work. 

Only Older People Experience Saggy Skin

Saggy skin can affect individuals of various age groups. The primary factor contributing to saggy skin is the loss of collagen and elastin, proteins that provide skin its firmness and elasticity. As people age, the production of these proteins decreases, leading to looser skin. However, these other factors can accelerate this process, even in younger individuals:

  • Excessive sun exposure 
  • Smoking 
  • Rapid weight loss 
  • Genetics 

Therefore, while ageing is indeed a factor in the development of saggy skin, it is not the sole determinant. 

Drinking More Water Prevents Saggy Skin

The idea that drinking more water can prevent saggy skin is also a misconception. While hydration is essential for overall health, including skin health, it is not a direct solution to preventing saggy skin.

Drinking more water can help keep the skin hydrated and may improve its appearance temporarily, but it does not increase the production of collagen or elastin or reverse the loss of these proteins. 

To actually increase overall hydration in the skin, you’ll need treatments like Skinboosters instead. 

Skin Products Can Eliminate Saggy Skin

While some skincare products may contain ingredients that boost collagen production or improve elasticity, they may not be able to penetrate deeply enough into the skin to make a substantial difference in the underlying structure.

They may temporarily improve the appearance of the skin by hydrating and smoothing the surface, but they are unlikely to prevent or reverse the fundamental causes of saggy skin. 

On top of that, the effectiveness of skincare products varies widely, depending on the ingredients, formulation, and individual skin type. Not all products are created equal, and some may have little to no effect on saggy skin.

With that said, a good skincare product goes a long way – I recommend looking out for products that contain: 

  • Collagen
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinoid
  • Hyaluronic acid 

Thin People Do Not Get Saggy Skin

Saggy skin is not solely determined by body weight or body type. In fact, having less subcutaneous fat might make saggy skin more noticeable in thin individuals. 

Subcutaneous fat is the layer of fat found just beneath the skin’s surface. In individuals with more subcutaneous fat, this layer can act as a support structure for the skin, helping to fill out areas and create a smoother appearance. The fat can mask or diminish the appearance of sagging by providing volume and fullness, thereby reducing the visibility of loose or saggy skin.

Thin individuals, on the other hand, may not have the support and volume that fat provides. This means that any loss of skin elasticity or firmness can look more obvious. The skin may appear more draped or saggy, as there is less underlying fat to support and shape it.

Exercise Alone Can Tighten Saggy Skin

Exercise is fantastic for overall health, and that includes skin health. However, it is not a magic solution for saggy skin and may not be able to fully counter the effects of ageing, genetics, lifestyle and environment. In fact, if you are currently trying to lose weight, do so steadily as rapid weight loss can result in loose skin. 

Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, known as “feel-good” hormones, which can lead to a natural glow in the skin. Sweating during exercise helps to clear out the pores, potentially reducing acne and other skin issues. Furthermore, regular physical activity can reduce stress, which has been linked to various skin problems like eczema and acne. By reducing stress, exercise indirectly contributes to healthier skin.

Surgical Procedures Are the Only Solution

This statement might have been true in the past, but medical technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since then. 

There are various non-surgical treatments available that can address saggy skin. These include laser treatments, radiofrequency, ultrasound therapy, and chemical peels. These methods work by stimulating collagen production, tightening the skin, and improving its texture and appearance. Since collagen and elastin loss is the key reason for saggy skin, these treatments can help to counter the ravages of time.

Natural Remedies Can Reverse Saggy Skin

Natural remedies may be touted as a great fix for saggy skin, but they come with a host of uncertainties. 

While natural remedies like oils, herbal extracts, and homemade masks may provide temporary hydration and improve the skin’s surface appearance, they lack the ability to penetrate deeply enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production. They may make the skin feel softer and look more radiant temporarily, but they cannot reverse the underlying structural changes that lead to sagging.

Many natural remedies are promoted based on anecdotal evidence rather than scientific research. While some natural ingredients may have beneficial properties for the skin, their effectiveness in reversing saggy skin has not been conclusively proven.

Tanning Hides Saggy Skin

Some people might think that covering up sagging skin through tanning is a good idea. While it’s true that tanning might temporarily give the skin a more toned appearance by darkening it and creating an illusion of depth and contour, it does nothing to address the underlying causes of saggy skin.

In fact, tanning, especially through sun exposure or tanning beds, can exacerbate saggy skin in the long run. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds break down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity.

Tanning also comes with other risks to skin health, including an increased risk of skin cancer, sunspots, and premature ageing. These risks further undermine the idea that tanning is a suitable method for hiding or improving saggy skin.

Treatment Options for Saggy Skin

When it comes to non-surgical options for treating saggy skin, radiofrequency therapy is one of the most well-known and well-tolerated treatments. Here are two options for skin sagging.

RF Gold Microneedling

RF Gold Microneedling is a medical treatment device that combines the principles of microneedling with radiofrequency technology to address a variety of skin concerns. It is particularly known for its effectiveness in treating saggy skin, amongst other skin issues. 

The treatment works by using ultra-fine microneedles that penetrate the skin at controlled depths, delivering targeted radiofrequency energy only to specific layers of the skin. This highly specific approach ensures that the energy reaches the desired areas without causing unnecessary damage to surrounding tissue.

One of the primary benefits of RF Gold Microneedlingis its ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin’s firmness and elasticity. By heating the underlying layers of the skin, the radiofrequency energy triggers a natural healing response, leading to the formation of new collagen and elastin fibres. 

This process can result in firmer, more youthful-looking skin, reducing the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. The controlled delivery of radiofrequency energy also allows for the targeted treatment of pigmented lesions, breaking them down without harming the adjacent skin.

As a minimally invasive procedure, this treatment’s microneedles cause minimal trauma to the skin’s surface. This typically translates to a shorter recovery time compared to more aggressive treatments, making it a more appealing option for many individuals. 

Furthermore, the treatment is highly customizable, with different settings and needle depths available to suit various skin types and conditions.

Examples of RF Gold Microneedling devices include Sylfirm X, Morpheus 8 and Secret RF. 

RF Skin Tightening

RF SkinTightening is a non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening treatment that uses heat to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. The applied heat causes collagen to contract and encourages new collagen to start growing. The results of RF SkinTightening treatment are gradual and progressive. Most people see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their skin within 3 months of treatment. 

There is no downtime associated with RF SkinTightening treatment. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. However, some people may experience temporary redness, swelling, or bruising. These side effects usually go away within a few days.

Tighten Your Skin and Firm Up Your Confidence

No one wants to face saggy skin when they look into the mirror. If you’re having concerns about sagging skin, radiofrequency treatments may be the skin tightening solution you need. However, safe and effective use of such treatments require experience and knowledge. 

If you wish to tighten up your skin, consider undergoing a detailed examination by a qualified doctor in Singapore, who can arrive at a suitable treatment option based on your skin type, condition, and budget.

For a tighter, more youthful look when you gaze into the mirror every day, SL Aesthetic clinic can provide the necessary diagnosis and treatment. Give yourself the beauty you deserve.

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