Who Gets Skin Laxity?

No one is safe from skin laxity. It does not matter who you are, your age, or your genetic background. It is something we should all be aware of. Some people’s faces show “jowling” as early as the 30s. Skin laxity can attack all skin types and all age groups. Both men and women get skin laxity. As with all signs of aging, prevention should be the main focus. It is a lot easier to prevent something from occurring than it is to reverse it once it has happened. And since most people aren’t happy with the signs of aging showing visually on their faces, prevention really is the best way to go.

What Causes Skin Laxity?

Skin laxity is often times genetic and it can occur at a very young age, however, there are some who suffer from skin laxity after a trauma or an accident, especially individuals who have suffered injury to the joints or ligaments. Injured ligaments that have not healed properly can gain skin laxity. Ligament laxity can be caused by chronic body pain. This ailment affects approximately 5 percent of the population. It is thought to be genetic.

What are The Signs and Symptoms of Skin Laxity?

Signs of medical conditions that could eventually cause skin laxity to occur include frequent sprained ankles, shoulder dislocations, knee effusions and chronic back problems. In young women who have ligament laxity, pain is often associated with even minor sprains. Afflicted individuals are prone to bone dislocations and will often report pain from sedentary jobs. It is not uncommon for individuals who have loose ligaments in the legs and feet to assume they have flat feet.

How is Skin Laxity Diagnosed?

Environmental stress on elastic fibers and collagen fibers in the skin can cause laxity. Sun, pollution, poor dietary habits and stress are also factors. As we age, laxity worsens. Gravity also plays a huge role in pulling looser skin in a downward direction. When the skin becomes so loose it hangs, patients are diagnosed with laxity. If you are unsure whether or not what you are experiencing is laxity, see your dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Your doctor will also be able to go over your options with you.