4 Reasons for Facial Sagging and How a Rhytidectomy Can Help

Our skin works hard to take care of us and is the largest organ in our body. It’s also an important part of how we see ourselves and our appearance. That’s why facial sagging can be distressing. Facial sagging is loose skin on the face that can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of definition in the face. However, a rhytidectomy can help reverse facial sagging and get you back to looking your best. Let’s look closely at four reasons for facial sagging and how a rhytidectomy can help.

Sun Damage

The sun emits powerful UV light when it shines down on us. This UV light damages our skin and causes a wide range of effects. One of those effects is damage to collagen in the skin. Collagen is a natural part of the skin that helps the skin stretch and remain tight. UV radiation penetrates the upper layers of the skin and slowly breaks collagen down over time. This leads not only to skin damage like age spots but also reduces the elasticity of your skin. This reduction in elasticity leads to sagging skin across the entire body.


Aging comes with many different effects on the body. As mentioned before, collagen is an essential component of healthy and tight skin. Our bodies progressively lose collagen as we age. While this is a natural part of growing older, it will lead to loose and sagging skin.

Muscle Loss

Muscles help your body bear weight and stay mobile, but they also are the underlying structures that your skin lays on. The shape and size of your muscles can change how your skin looks. That’s why muscle loss from aging or illness can lead to sagging skin. This is especially true if your skin is already having issues remaining elastic.

Large Weight Loss

Weight gain, especially in large amounts, can damage the structure of your skin and collagen. When you lose this weight, your skin won’t be able to stretch back properly and will remain loose. This causes sagging across the body and can even affect the face in some cases.

How Rhytidectomy Can Help

A rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is the surgical removal of loose skin on the face. That’s why Dr. Bardia Amirlak provides rhytidectomy services to provide people with the skin they deserve. Dr. Amirilak is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who brings expertise and care to every procedure. If you’re struggling with facial sagging, contact Dr. Amirlak’s office at 972-972-4708 today.

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