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With the passing of time, there are numerous facial skin blemishes that one has to deal with.

In addition to the appearance of wrinkles, which become deeper especially after the age of fifty, another aesthetic problem to which no one is immune is sagging facial skin.

The face loses its original volumes, the cheeks flatten, the cheekbones and jaw appear less defined, and the lips become thinner.

In general, the skin suffers a progressive loss of tone and turgidity.

For many individuals, men and women alike, no longer being able to recognise themselves in the mirror can become a serious problem not only aesthetically but also psychologically that undermines their self-esteem and their way of relating to others.

So, what to do when the face skin sags?

The remedies for sagging facial skin are as different as their effectiveness, their durability over time and the possible side effects they may give rise to.

In this article, after briefly analysing the causes of sagging skin, we will try to find out whether it can be prevented and how to firm up a sagging face using four possible remedies.

In particular, we will look at the following:

  1. Natural remedies for sagging facial skin
  2. How to lift facial skin with hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers
  3. How to firm up facial skin with Botox
  4. How to eliminate facial sagging? Hyaluronic acid fillers

What are the causes of sagging facial skin?

As we have already mentioned, sagging facial skin is a consequence of the physiological ageing process.

There is no specific age at which the problem occurs. It is the same for all individuals because a lot also depends on genetic factors and skin type.

In any case, the inevitable sagging of the facial skin is due to:

  • Gravity
  • Loss of adipose tissue located in the deep skin layers
  • Thinning of bone density 
  • Loss of the body’s naturally produced collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid

In particular, hyaluronic acid performs a fundamental tissue support function, and its gradual decrease leads to deep wrinkles on the face and the loss of skin volume and firmness.

It is no coincidence, as we shall see in a moment, that the properties and characteristics of hyaluronic acid have made this molecule one of the most widely used substances to resolve imperfections such as sagging facial skin.

Sagging facial skin: can it be prevented?

There is no point in false illusions: counteracting gravity and all the changes that ageing entails is not possible.

In other words, there is no way to prevent sagging facial skin, but there are certainly best practices to follow not to suffer from it prematurely or make the problem worse.

  1. Follow a healthy, balanced diet: in particular, eating foods rich in vitamins (such as fresh fruit and vegetables) and antioxidants such as omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful in counteracting the effects of ageing.
  2. Don’t smoke: smoking is a source of free radicals that promotes skin ageing.
  3. Expose yourself to the sun in moderation and with adequate protection: it is well known that excessive and irresponsible exposure to UV rays is a determining factor in skin ageing.
  4. Avoid sudden weight loss that results in draining tissues.

In conclusion, although natural facial sagging cannot be prevented, leading a healthy lifestyle and avoiding certain bad habits can certainly help to postpone or at least not make the issue worse.

What can you do about sagging facial skin? Four possible remedies

Since skin ageing – and in particular sagging facial skin – is a heartfelt issue for an increasing number of individuals, there are many solutions, more or less effective, that are offered. This can make it difficult to choose what to do.

There are several factors to consider:

  • The expected result
  • The duration of the chosen treatment
  • The level of invasiveness of the treatment
  • The possible side effects

Having said that, what can you do to address sagging facial skin?

Let’s review the possible remedies.

1. Natural remedies for sagging facial skin

The natural remedies recommended for sagging facial skin are many and often unusual:

  • Massage the face with vegetable oils, such as coconut or almond oil.
  • Apply apple or honey-based masks.
  • Facial yoga, a much publicised remedy in recent times, which consists of a series of targeted exercises as a remedy for sagging cheeks. Apparently, it is necessary to devote about 20 minutes a day to these exercises to achieve results.

The advantage of these natural remedies is that they are cheap and absolutely non-invasive.

However, the results that can may be achieved are neither immediate nor very visible and require a daily commitment.

Therefore, they are not able to solve major issues of sagging facial skin.

2. How to lift facial skin with hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers

We have already mentioned the effects of hyaluronic acid on the face.

Specifically for its moisturising, anti-ageing and critical skin-supporting properties, this molecule that is already naturally present in our bodies is becoming increasingly popular both in cosmetics and in aesthetic medicine.

For those who fear needles and do not wish to resort to hyaluronic acid (injection) fillers, there are cosmetic and nutraceutical alternatives such as cosmetic fillers.

These products differ from creams that perform a moisturising action but that cannot penetrate the skin completely.

In cosmetic fillers, the low-density hyaluronic acid fragments are small enough to penetrate the skin and reach the dermis by supporting and stimulating the activity of fibroblasts (connective tissue cells that produce the molecules that support other tissues).

However, we are talking about serums to be applied on the skin, thus not offering immediately visible results and requiring prolonged and constant use to be effective as a remedy for facial sagging.

However, if the problem is not too advanced or if one is not in a hurry, by persevering over time, these products can give fair results.

3. How to firm up facial skin with Botox

Moving on to the field of aesthetic medicine, botulinum (or botulinum toxin) is a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, which is widely used in treatments to correct ageing imperfections and in particular to reconstitute volumes.

Botox exerts its firming action by blocking the nerve impulses that activate the muscles, preventing the treated area from relaxing.

The advantage is that the results are immediate and long-lasting (about 5-6 months) but the effect is extremely unnatural and plastic as well as with risks and side effects.

Therefore, if the goal is to look naturally younger without distorting one’s image, Botox is not the right solution for sagging facial skin

4. How to eliminate facial sagging? Hyaluronic acid fillers

In aesthetic medicine refer to substances that can be injected into the dermis or subcutaneous tissue using very fine needles.

As the word says, the aim of a filler is to ‘fill in’, for example, wrinkles, thin lips and the shape of the face where its volumes appear hollow, as in the case of sagging facial skin.

Today, among the various injectable substances, hyaluronic acid fillers are the most widely used.

Since it is a substance that is naturally present in the body, fillers containing this molecule are very well tolerated and the risks and side effects of hyaluronic acid are minimised and linked to the quality of the product used and its correct application.

For this reason, although it is a non-invasive treatment, if you choose this type of treatment to correct sagging facial skin, it is essential to go exclusively to doctors specialised in aesthetic medicine, who know where and how to use the filler and choose the right injector according to the area being treated and the type of imperfection to be corrected.

Hyaluronic acid-based injectables are available in various densities from very soft and fluid to heavier and volumising ones.

It will be up to the professional to decide on the most suitable one for each case.

With this in mind, hyaluronic acid fillers are an extremely effective remedy for sagging facial skin that guarantees immediately visible and long-lasting results (generally between 6 and 9 months depending on the type of product injected and individual reaction).

There is more. The latest generation of hyaluronic acid injections allow extremely natural results that will make sagging skin look instantly younger, plumper and firmer but without looking ‘fake’.

How to eliminate facial sagging? Conclusions

We have seen how sagging facial skin is a natural consequence of advancing time, which leads, among other things, to a partial loss of the body’s hyaluronic acid.

We have also seen how there is no way to prevent this skin sagging, but a healthy lifestyle can help.

Among the possible remedies for facial sagging (from natural remedies to aesthetic medicine), hyaluronic acid fillers certainly represent the most effective solution in terms of immediacy of results, durability and safety, and for the extremely natural effect they can guarantee.

What is important is to turn to highly qualified professionals who use only the best facial fillers appropriately.

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