Skin that droops from the body rather than hugging its contours is commonly called loose skin. There are three main reasons that skin loses its suppleness and begins to sag: ageing, sun exposure, and weight loss.
By far the most common cause of loose skin is ageing. As the body ages, the skin loses collagen and elastin. These proteins give the skin its strength, plumpness and elasticity. With steadily decreasing quantities, the skin begins to lose shape and volume. Facial muscles also weaken with age, causing the skin to sag further.
The sun’s powerful UV rays also harm collagen and elastin. This means that young people who subject their bodies to prolonged sun exposure or tanning beds may also be affected by loose skin.
When weight is lost rapidly, the skin and tissue may be too stretched out to snap back to its original shape. Loose skin hangs from the body as a result.
Loose skin does not cause the body harm, but many people choose cosmetic procedures to remove it.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.