Loose Skin

Why Denver area residents get loose skin

The Denver area is a wonderful place to live – about 650,000 residents are testament to that, making it the 24th most populous city in the United States. More then 31 percent of those Denverites are over the age of 44. If you are one of them, you may be noticing signs of aging, including loose skin. AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, PC has offices in South Denver-Englewood and Lone Tree to help patients throughout the area learn more about this situation and find solutions.

The causes of loose skin

It’s easy to simply blame lax skin on the passage of time, but some complex functions are occurring behind the scenes to cause it.

  • Healthy, firm skin is supported by a strong meshwork of connective tissue. Elastin gives flexibility and collagen provides structure. As we age our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, and lose ability to retain these protein fibers. Environmental factors also break them down. Skin looses its youthful suppleness and droops.
  • Loss of volume also plays a role in loose facial skin. Over time muscle tone, hydration, fat, and bone density in the face diminishes. That reduced framework contributes to the appearance of laxity.
  • Weight loss, especially large amounts dropped quickly, allows skin to sag.

Denver’s contribution to loose skin

The Denver area has about 245 days of sunshine annually. Ultraviolet exposure damages skin, destroying collagen and elastin, causing loss of elasticity. Denver’s semi-arid climate and large temperature swings add to the problem by drying skin out.

A skin tightening solution that works!

Dr. Joel Cohen recommends Ultherapy as an effective non-surgical approach to treating loose skin. Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared device that triggers collagen regeneration in deep tissue layers, without harming surface skin.

Your skin is cleansed and coated with a coupling gel. The doctor guides a handpiece over treatment areas (typically the brow, under the chin, neck, and décolletage). Ultrasound imaging gives Dr. Cohen a clear view of tissue layers, enabling him to deposit energy precisely into the most beneficial zones. You feel the sensation of energy entering your skin and creating a thermal response beneath the surface, but treatment is generally well tolerated. Your skin may appear slightly flushed, or feel tender, tingly, or swollen, but those side effects are mild and temporary. There is no downtime – you may return to normal activities right away.

Over the next two to three months, skin lifts and tightens noticeably as your body regenerates collagen. Many patients get desired results from one 60 to 90 minute session, but depending on your specific response to ultrasound, additional treatments may be needed for optimal results.

Are you ready to learn more about Ultherapy and other non-surgical skin tightening options? Call AboutSkin today at 303.756.SKIN (7546).