What Causes Sagging Skin Around the Thighs?

It typically starts in areas where your skin is more exposed to the sun, such as your face — your cheeks sag, you develop a more jowly look around your lower jaw, and your neck tissue droops. 

All too soon, you notice the same process happening in other areas, such as around your thighs. While the aging process is largely to blame for these developments, that’s an awfully simplistic explanation for a complex process.

As skin experts here at Aesthetic Solutions, Drs. Ada Noh and William Ceraso and our team believe that education is one of the most important steps in fighting back against the forces of aging.

With that in mind, we take a closer look at why the skin around your thighs is starting to gravitate downward, and how we can slow the process considerably with our exciting skin-tightening technology.

The journey south

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and covers, on average, 20 square feet. The key to your skin’s strength and resiliency is an important structural protein — collagen — which is the most plentiful protein in your body. 

Collagen’s role in your body is best described by its name, which is derived from the Greek word “kólla,” meaning glue. In other words, collagen holds many of your tissues together, giving them structure and integrity.

Up until the age of 20, you enjoyed ample amounts of collagen. After that, your collagen production declines by about 1% a year. This loss is gradual, and the effects aren’t terribly noticeable until they start to pile up.

Women, however, have a tougher go of it, because when they pass through menopause, collagen production can drop precipitously thanks to the decline in estrogen levels. This sudden drop can lead to skin that can sag from one year to the next, including around your thighs.

Of course, there are other reasons why the skin around your thighs may sag. For example, if your legs have been exposed to abundant sunshine, the harmful ultraviolet rays can break down your collagen fibers more quickly. 

Another culprit is a meaningful amount of weight loss, which can leave you with sagging skin that doesn’t bounce back.

Whatever the precipitating event, the end result is the same — as is the solution.

Calling on collagen

The reason why we took a deeper dive into collagen is to illustrate why our skin-tightening technology is so effective. At our practice, we turn to TempSure Envi®, which is a system that delivers radiofrequency energy down into your dermis.

When your tissue absorbs this energy as heat, it creates a mild healing response that kicks your collagen production into gear. 

To better understand this, let’s take a look at what happens when you sustain a cut or scrape. Your body jumps into action to plug the potential breach by flooding the area with collagen, which is what creates scar tissue.

With TempSure Envi, we create a more measured response in your tissue — enough to encourage a collagen response, but not so much as to create fibrous scar tissue.

TempSure Envi treatments

Our skin-tightening treatments are noninvasive, as the energy doesn’t harm the surface of your skin. When we address an area like your thighs, you may need to undergo a series of treatments, which we space apart to allow time for your collagen to respond.

As you progress through your TempSure Envi treatments, the skin around your thighs will gradually tighten, with optimal results about 6-12 weeks later.

If you’re tired of hiding your legs because of sagging skin around your thighs, contact our office in Bellmawr, New Jersey, to schedule your skin-tightening treatment.

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