- Jowls are caused by sagging skin on the neck, the jawline, and the chin.
- As the skin ages, it loses collagen and elasticity, causing it to sag thus making jowls more prominent.
- Most people develop jowls as they age because of several factors, but there are also ways that can help reduce their appearance.
Old age comes with a lot of skin issues for everyone, including the loss of elasticity. When the skin becomes less elastic, the skin starts to appear leathery and droop. Sagging skin on the neck, under the jawline and below the chin form “jowls.”
When compounds like elastin and collagen, and fats too, start to diminish, the skin loses its ability to retain its shape, making it more susceptible to gravity.
But there are some ways that can actually help reduce the appearance of jowls.
Any exercise that involves the facial muscles “evenly” without the tendency to overuse them may help reduce the appearance of jowls, according to a 2014 study published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Recommended facial exercises include:
- Yawning and opening the mouth as wide as possible.
- Puckering the lips outwards while lying down.
- Blowing the cheeks up as far as comfortable.
- Chewing while and tilting the head up.
- Grinning as widely as possible then slowly moving the head up and down.
- Putting the lower lip on the top lip with the head tilted slightly up.
- Lying down flat, curling the neck in towards the chest with the tongue pressing on the roof of the mouth.
- Humming with the tongue pressed against the roof of the mouth.
- Saying “o” and “e” with exaggerating mouth movements.
Most insurance companies do not cover treatments or procedures for jowls.
Popular treatment options for jowls include:
These are compounds injected into the cheeks to fill in places where fat used to fill. Published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, a 2014 study discovered that almost 95.6 percent of people who had filler injections said they were “happy” or “delighted” with the outcomes.
This is considered to be the most6 effective treatment for jowls. However, the cut along the side of the face and under the chin makes recovery time longer and has the most risk of complications, including scarring and infection.
This procedure uses ultrasound therapy to stimulate collagen production in the deep layers of the skin. It requires only one session and there is no downtime.
Radiotherapy stimulates collagen and elastin fibers to recoil and the skin to tighten. The procedure needs several sessions for maximum results.
Natural and Less Invasive Treatments
Less invasive alternative treatments are becoming the “go-to” procedures for “natural wellness” advocates. These treatments include acupuncture, facial massage, and facial yoga.
Source: Medical News Today