The term “jowls” describes sagging, loose skin below the jawline, which most people develop with age.
WHAT CAUSES JOWLS?
Aside from ageing, a number of other factors can also contribute to having jowls. Both sun-damage and smoking can accelerate the ageing process, resulting in a loss of the skin's elasticity and collagen. Genetics can also play a part in the development of jowls; those with a genetic predisposition will be more likely to develop them. It has also been suggested that sleeping on your front or side consistently may cause jowls to form over time.
As we age, it is natural for facial sagging to occur around the chin and jawline. Jowls give the appearance that the normal jawline position has dropped and definition of the face is lost. It is not necessarily a sign of being overweight and does not indicate underlying health problems. People with jowls may experience crepey, wrinkled skin, sometimes referred to as ‘turkey neck’; or they may have another layer of skin that drops below their jaw, more like a double chin.
HOW CAN I REDUCE OR PREVENT SAGGING JOWLS?
The appearance of jowls can be naturally helped by taking these small preventive measures:
- Protect your skin against damage from the sun by applying an SPF daily
- Don’t smoke
- Use anti-ageing skincare products which include clinically proven peptides to stimulate the natural collagen production within the skin, improving firmness and reducing lines and wrinkles
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet
- Seek advice from a dermatologist about professional skin treatments designed to target jowls.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you have surgery for jowls?
It is possible for some people to have the fat removed from their chin and jawline surgically through a type of liposuction procedure. This is an invasive treatment and carries the risk of nerve damage and scarring. It is also possible to reduce the appearance of jowls with a surgical neck lift or face lift. Again, this is an invasive procedure with considerable risks and downtime. A cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you whether surgery is a viable option for your particular case.
Can facial exercises reduce jowls?
There are conflicting arguments around the benefits of facial exercises for the appearance of jowls. Some skin experts suggest the repeated exaggerated movement used in facial exercises might exacerbate wrinkles on other parts of the face, such as on the forehead and around the eyes. However, one exercise which is often recommended for targeting jowls is the ‘chin-up’:
- Close your mouth and push your lower jaw out
- Lift your lower lip upwards
- Hold this position for 10-15 seconds (you should be able to feel a stretching sensation under your chin)
- Repeat for three sets of 15.