Rethinking What You Know About Facial Sagging

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Eat more protein. Wear more sunscreen. Use a facial moisturizer. Fill your plate with green leafy veggies. We’re constantly bombarded with tips for living a healthier life, and while most of the advice is good, sometimes we can be a little misinformed. If you keep on anti-aging tips at all, then you know there are a lot of them about a how to avoid facial sagging. Here are some of the most common facial sagging tips, and some of the facts they’re based on.

Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach- True

It’s true that sleeping on your stomach or side can cause damage to your facial skin, but it’s not sagging that you have to be on the lookout for. Sagging is caused by a breakdown of collagen and elastin, and by a loss of fat in the face. Sleeping on your stomach doesn’t cause this, but it can cause a deepening of fine lines and wrinkles. Putting pressure on your face can put stress on expression lines that are already cropping up. If you’re not comfortable sleeping on you back, try using a side-sleeper pillow like this one to minimize the pressure on your face.

Running Makes Your Face Sag- False

As I said before, sagging is caused by fat loss and collagen and elastin breakdown as we age. The jiggling in your face as you run is not impactful enough to cause damage to your skin. In fact, skipping your workout over this would be much more detrimental to your health. The potential skin damage on a good long run is from the UV rays you’ll be exposed to, so be sure to wear sunscreen when you head out.

Weight Loss Causes Skin Sagging- True

When you gain weight, the skin on your face stretches, just like it does on the rest of your body. When you lose weight, the skin has to tighten back up. When you’re young, your skin can handle weight fluctuations better because it’s more elastic. As you age, the tightening after weight loss takes longer, or might not happen at all, which can lead to sagging. A combination of facial fillers and retinoid treatments can help to firm things back up again.

Facial sagging happens, but you don’t have to just accept it and move on. There are lots of ways to treat the problem, and to slow the aging process. Retinol and retinoid treatments boost collagen production, and vitamin C serums restore elasticity. Some other solutions include Botox, facial fillers, eye lifts, or face lifts. Consult with a plastic surgeon to see which options might be best for you.

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