Saggy Skin Symptoms and Causes

Saggy skin causes

The weight of fat and tissue beneath your skin can over time lead to stretching and sagging.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Usually self-diagnosable
○ Lab tests or imaging not required

Sunlight, aging and smoking cause your skin to lose its natural elasticity which directly contributes to sagging facial features. These factors all play a role in reducing elastin and collagen which is needed to maintain healthy skin elasticity.

Cause of saggy skin: Loose, sagging skin is caused by excessive drinking, smoking, weight loss, pregnancy, and the effects of aging.

What does saggy skin look like?

Saggy Skin is usually self-diagnosable: In spite of diet and exercise, most of us over time develop some loosening or sagging of skin in certain areas. A procedure known as body contouring (skin tightening) can target these areas helping patients achieve a more youthful look.

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Saggy Skin Treatment:

Self-care treatment for saggy skin: Use sunscreen daily, avoid smoking or too much alcohol and your skin will be healthier longer.

Clinical Treatment for Saggy Skin:

We typically recommend body contouring treatments which can reduce fat and/or tighten skin without surgical incisions. Non-invasive and minimally invasive body contouring treatments are safer because there is no surgery. Body contouring treatments can deliver a satisfyingly positive outcome with little or no patient downtime. It allows our doctors to provide safe and effective treatments for almost anyone.


Unwelcome sagging or fatty skin is treatable, book an appointment and ask one of our reputable dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle how you can start treating it today.