It’s a common complaint among both genders that the older a person gets, the harder it becomes to keep the body toned and firm. As we age, it also becomes harder to lose weight. Through diet and exercise, it is possible to lose weight, but certain problem areas may remain. This is due to the skin losing elasticity as we age. To understand how and why the problem of aging skin occurs, it’s important to understand the makeup of the skin and how the natural process of aging can damage it.
Understanding Your Skin
Skin is composed of a few elements that give it a youthful appearance, including collagen and elastin, which give the skin the ability to snap back into place. As we age, these elements are naturally less present, which causes the skin to become saggy and loose. This gets worse over the years if you naturally gain and lose weight due to pregnancy or a poor diet. The skin is unable to snap back into place and can remain loose even after you lose weight. This is often a problem for women post-pregnancy, who may have worked hard to lose weight but are left unsatisfied with the way the skin now appears. This saggy, loose skin oftentimes stops them from wearing bathing suits or shorts in the summer months.
In certain parts of the body, this loosening of the skin becomes more obvious. At our plastic surgery office, some of the problem areas many of our clients complain about include these trouble spots:
• Stomach, thighs and hip area
• Chin and neck skin
• Triceps, biceps and arms
What’s the Solution?
Thankfully, there are now many options available for treating aging skin, both surgical and non-surgical. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the problems that the natural loosening of skin brings. Instead, the best way to approach these issues is to look for the right solution for your unique case. Set up a time to speak with our experts at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to find out more about how we can help you improve your body and increase your confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Marietta.