Jowls

Treat jowls the right way

A term synonymous with sagging skin below the jawline, “jowls” can affect everyone as they grow older. People develop jowls because the skin tends to become less elastic and thinner over time.

At times some people with jowls don’t realise they have this problem because their cheeks and chin have:

  • Thicker skin
  • More collagen
  • More adipose tissue
  • A heavier jawline

Causes of jowls

Here is what may trigger the appearance of jowls in your face:

Less production of collagen and elastin

As you age, the skin on your jawline and cheeks loses its ability to produce collagen and elastin, which then compromises the firmness and tightness of the cheek and area surrounding your mouth.

Genetics

Your genetics can determine your ageing process and lifestyle factors also contribute to the formation of the jowls.

This means you are at a high risk of developing jowls if either of your parents have aged in this way.

What’s more, little production of collagen and elastin can also cause the formation of jowls in your skin, even at a younger age, jowls can form through weightloss and weight gain, exposure to UV rays will increase the skin laxity in the jowl area.

Lifestyle and environmental factors

Some people experience jowls purely because of their lifestyle choices or the environment around them, as indicated below:

  • Weight loss: losing weight can increase your risk of jowls for two reasons: 1) your skin stretches in an attempt to cover your body mass when you put on weight; 2) your skin then sags as you lose weight.
  • Facial expressions: your neck skin or face can stretch out as a result of frequently making certain facial expressions.
  • Smoking: chemicals in cigarettes, including nicotine, can damage elastin and collagen, two proteins vital for healthy skin. Smoking can also damage your skin by limiting the blood flow and keeping it from absorbing vitamin A and other nutrients necessary for younger-looking collagen rich skin cells.
  • Sun exposure: you may experience jowls early if your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays for too many hours. Long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays is one of the biggest reasons people have skin disorders.
  • Overuse of devices or computers: staring at or using a computer or device for long hours can result in “tech neck”, a condition in which the skin around your neck ends up losing its elasticity.

Who is at risk of jowls?

Aside from genetics, you are at greater risk of jowls if your skin health is impacted by the below lifestyle and environmental factors.

  • Sun exposure
  • Smoke exposure
  • Environmental toxins
  • Excessive computer screen time

Treatments for jowls

There are several types of treatments for this skin problem, however the most effective ones you should consider:

  • Fillers to soften the hollow areas around your sagging jowls
  • Aqualyx to dissolve unwanted areas of fat
  • Full facial rejuvenation to refresh your appearance and
  • Threads to provide lift and contour

All of the above treatments are safe and allow for the healing to occur fast; you will be able to go to work the next day without any problem.

Still concerned about the efficiency of these treatments? Or in doubt? Have all of your questions answered and your doubts cleared by booking a complimentary consultation today, this can either be via FaceTime or face to face.

Together we can make a difference!

Amanda Azzopardi – Advanced Nurse Practitioner – RM, RN, INP, DIP, BHS

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