With age, the skin naturally begins to lose and produce less collagen and other proteins responsible for the tightness and suppleness of the skin. This can lead to skin sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines. Various cosmetic procedures–both surgical and non-surgical–can tighten the skin and treat lax skin at almost any stage. Let’s take a look at the question, “What procedure is best for skin tightening?”

For the early stages of aging, non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections, chemical peels, RF microneedling, and non-ablative laser resurfacing are often sufficient to tighten the skin and disguise fine lines and wrinkles. This can also prevent more significant aging later on.

At a certain point, more invasive procedures may become necessary to adequately treat sagging skin. This may include more aggressive forms of laser resurfacing, deeper chemical peels, or potentially, surgeries.

Surgical procedures are by far the most effective way to treat loose skin. However, it is not usually viable or necessary until the more advanced signs of aging. Depending on the locations of the lax skin, the surgeries that can address it can include a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing, among others.

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