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How to Tighten Loose Skin Without Surgery

Loose skin can be frustrating, embarrassing, and just a nuisance to deal with. You know surgery is an option to get rid of it, but that’s expensive and has a longer healing period than you may be comfortable with. Let’s explore other options like exercise, topical products, and microneedling that exist to help you tighten loose skin.

What Causes Loose Skin?

There are two main ways people can develop loose skin. Loose skin can occur after an overweight person loses a large amount of weight or loses weight rapidly. This is because the body can’t tighten if it’s been stretched too far from large weight gain or just doesn’t have enough time to tighten naturally.

Another main cause of loose skin is aging. As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and collagen. Also, our skin becomes damaged over time from things like sun exposure. Combining natural loss of elasticity and collagen with skin damage leads to loose skin as we age.

How to Tighten Loose Skin


Exercise can help tighten skin through the production of muscle. Muscles can help fill out existing loose skin and help its appearance. This process does take a good amount of time, as drastic muscle growth is a long process. The added bonus to this is all the other benefits you’ll receive from working out. However, building muscle cannot help all areas of loose skin, like the face. Muscle building can also only alleviate mild loose skin.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments like creams, ointments, and serums that have collagen-boosting ingredients like retinol can be valuable in tightening mildly loose skin. These treatments can be used to restore some collagen to the skin and help with tightness.


There are many different cosmetic procedures that assist with loose skin. Microneedling stimulates the skin through tiny wounds and increases collagen production. This helps your skin become more elastic and tightened. The small wounds that are made make microchannels where collagen-boosting serums can penetrate the skin deeper. This makes microneedling a valuable tool to use in conjunction with some topical treatments.

Letting the Professionals Help

Our team at SkinSmart Dermatology uses treatments like microneedling and ultherapy to tighten your skin through natural collagen production. Our staff is dedicated to providing genuine care while reaching your skin goals. Let SkinSmart Dermatology get you closer to the skin you deserve, and contact us at 941-308-7546 today.

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