The skin can sag mainly due to natural ageing but also due to body changes following pregnancy or heavy weight loss. In fact, the skin is an elastic organ that has the property of being able to stretch and shrink at will.
Skin sagging due to age
Over time, the collagen and elastin fibres that ensure the renewal of skin cells become fragile. The dermis becomes thinner, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes less firm. The slackening is first muscular and then cutaneous, leading to excess skin and sagging downwards due to gravity.
Relaxed skin after pregnancy
A few months after the pregnancy, the woman may have regained her weight, but her body has changed. Stretched out for nine months and then contracted after birth, the skin gradually regains its firmness, but traces may remain, especially on the chest and stomach. The chest loses firmness and the variations in size experienced during pregnancy leave after-effects, especially if the woman has been breastfeeding. Like the chest, the firmness of the belly is altered by pregnancy. The skin is more flabby and it is difficult to find a belly that is as flat as it was before pregnancy.
Excess skin after significant weight loss
When there is excess weight, the skin stretches to adapt to the new silhouette. As you lose weight, the opposite happens, the skin surface shrinks. When the number of kilos lost is considerable, excess skin may remain all around the body. When the excess skin is significant, the only solution is to have a lifting. If there is an excess of fat, liposuction must first be performed before the actual lifting.