The term “Jowls” refers to the loose skin that is present on the lower half of the face, typically around the check and jawline area. Jowls occur over time as part of the ageing process and can significantly alter your appearance, giving a droopy look to the face. As they occur gradually over time with age, they can be hard to spot at first until they are fully present. This can cause distress for some people, although it is important to remember that they are a very natural and common part of ageing.
As you age, your skin produces less collagen and loses elasticity, which can be one of the leading causes of jowls. Alternatively, if you have experienced significant weight loss, you may be left with a lot of loose skin, which can give the appearance of Jowls. Some people naturally have narrower bone structure which can also exacerbate their appearance as the skin ages, as there is less support for the skin in comparison to someone with broader bone structure.
As always, sun exposure is a leading factor that can affect this concern. Excessive exposure to the sun can lead to the skin’s elastin and collagen breaking down faster, causing premature ageing- this is another reason to wear your SPF daily!
Aside from surgical options, there are a few treatments that we offer at the clinics that can help massively with the appearance of Jowls. Our new Profhilo injectable anti-ageing treatment is also incredible at increasing collagen and elastin levels in the skin, due to the injection of hyaluronic acid. This can help to reduce the appearance of Jowls. Secondly, Microneedling is an effective treatment at tightening the skin and promoting the production of collagen and elastin, which can help to give it that youthful appearance.