Facial sagging is the result of decreased skin elasticity and loss of underlying facial fat, leading to a drooping or less taut appearance in the lower face and neck region.
What causes facial sagging?
Facial sagging occurs due to various factors, many of which are related to the passage of time:
- Loss of collagen and elasticity: As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin, proteins that maintain its firmness and elasticity.
- Muscle weakness: Weakened facial muscles can contribute to sagging, particularly around the jawline and neck.
- Gravity: Over time, gravity exerts a consistent downward pull on facial tissues, leading to sagging in various areas.
- Sun damage: UV radiation from the sun can accelerate collagen breakdown, making the skin more susceptible to sagging.
- Genetics: Genetic factors can influence the rate at which facial sagging occurs.