Is There Any Way of Testing the Elasticity of Your Skin?

Ever wondered whether your skin care routine is actually working? In addition to wrinkles and fine lines, it’s common for patients to worry about having saggy skin on the face, neck, or body. Unfortunately, over time, the collagen and elastin that make up the structure of the skin are produced in smaller quantities. Even if you’re making efforts to care for your skin, a happy hour habit, too much time sunbathing at the beach, exposure to air pollution, and not getting enough beauty sleep could be wrecking your complexion. These factors cause you to lose skin elasticity—meaning the skin’s ability to spring back to its original position after it is stretched or pulled. Our Skin Wellness Physicians team provides laser skin resurfacing for Naples patients to firm up the skin, along with other treatments that boost collagen production, tighten tissues, and give the surface a smoother and firmer quality.

Could you benefit from such a treatment? There are some simple ways of knowing whether your skin is behaving they way it is supposed to in terms of elasticity, flexibility, and resilience. Try any of these at home to get an idea of what’s going on with your skin:

• The Snap Test

One of the ways of testing how healthy your skin is to use your thumb and forefinger to lightly pinch the skin underneath the eyes and see how quickly it snaps back into place. Healthy skin springs back right away. Skin that is dehydrated or has lost its elasticity will take a longer time to return to its position after you pull it out a bit.

• The Pinch Test

Another technique for testing skin elasticity involves gently pinching the skin on your cheeks, arm, or abdomen. Similar to the snap test, if it the skin is slower to bounce back to its shape, this can indicate a loss of elasticity or dehydration.

• Check for Signs of Aging

If you’re wondering how your skin is doing, simply take a closer look in the mirror for the earliest signs of elasticity loss. These are signs that you may not have noticed before, such as fine lines around the eyes or minor sagging around the lower face area.

Talk to our Skin Wellness Physicians team to get more details on the advantages of having laser skin resurfacing at our Naples or Marco Island locations, or learn about another cosmetic procedure to tighten the skin. Give us a call at (239) 732-0044, or submit a form to write to us directly and set up a consultation.

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