What is jowling?
Saggy and loose skin below the chin and jawline is commonly known as jowling. Skin naturally becomes less elastic and thinner with age, and this often results in drooping. A reduction in facial fat can also impact on the loss of jawline definition.
What causes jowling?
Over time, the ageing process depletes much of the collagen and elastin that is present in the skin of the chin, jawline and cheeks. These proteins are responsible for your skin’s elasticity, firmness and tightness. As the proteins become diminished, gravity takes effect and causes the skin to loosen and sag. As the bones of the face begin to recede and the deep fat pads under the skin start thinning, loose skin develops and creates the appearance of jowls. Skin that is loose on the cheeks will naturally be pulled down, making jowling more visible.
Your genetics can determine whether or not you develop jowls, and also how noticeable they become. How soon you develop jowls also depends on how much collagen and elastin your skin produces and the thickness of your skin.
Weight gain stretches the skin to cover increased body mass. When you lose weight, the skin that was stretched may remain loose and saggy, due to reduced elastin. Excessive exposure to the sun can damage collagen in the skin and therefore cause it to prematurely sag.
There are several options available for treating jowls or reducing the saggy appearance of your jawline. A V Lift or non-surgical facelift, lifts and tightens loose skin, and restores lost volume. Once the skin is lifted, the jowls became less prominent. The treatment can reduce saggy or loose skin, minimise a double chin, and redefine the jawline. Botox can also be effective in jawslimming.
Non-surgical procedures like skin peels can help to positively change the composition of the collagen in your skin. Any areas around the jowls that have reduced volume can be camouflaged with dermal fillers.