Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Age is bound to take a toll on how we look and we disconcertingly get to deal with a number of beauty problems. But the most unnoticed issue involved with the face is sagging jowls. As it occurs in the jaw and cheeks, it can make a person look and feel older. Do you see a crease that starts from the corner of the mouth and extends down to the jaw line? They are irritating as they literally change the shape of your face and has the knack to make you look older. It makes you look sad even when you are not. Pretty sad?
There are many factors which can vary from environment to genetics which can contribute to sagging jowls but the primary reason is aging. The skin loses vital proteins called elastin and collagen which are required to keep the skin smooth and firm as we age. The body stops producing elastin shortly after puberty and produces collagen sluggishly as we age. Due to the loss of these proteins, gravity starts to affect the shape of the skin, pulling down on it and leading to sagging due to less protein, leaving you with a firm skin. Repeating some facial expressions over a long period of time also play an important part in creating sagging jowls.
Sagging jowls are considered as the inevitable part of the skin that comes with age. While you cannot stop the aging process, there are many surgical treatments which can reduce these annoying jowls and helps you regain a beautifully defined jaw.
It is a surgical procedure which involves surgically removing and repositioning the skin of the face before affixing it, leaving you with a firm and less wrinkled skin. It is a highly invasive procedure and may take months to heal, so make sure that you talk to your doctor before you opt for this. If you are looking for a long term solution then this is the best option for you. The results of this treatment will last up to 10 years or more. You may experience swelling and bruising after the treatment and may take two- three weeks to subside.
- CO2 laser
This procedure involves the vaporization of the tiny columns of skin, which actually reduce the amount of skin surface. It works dually by inciting new tighter collagen and shrinking total skin area due to heat response of vaporization. CO2 laser does what others cannot do, that is reducing the amount of skin surface.
- Radiofrequency Treatment
It is less invasive than other laser treatments and involves sending radio waves into the skin, which stimulate the collagen growth and finally leaving you with taut skin. You will have to visit your doctor once a week for eight to nine months for treatment before you notice any results. The results of this treatment will last up to 1 year. However, results depend on the skin types and severity of the problem.
There was a time when facial plastic surgery was the only option to tackle the problem of sagging jowls. Many people opt for surgical treatments and there is nothing wrong in it, but only if you are prepared for a longer recovery period. There are many non-surgical treatments which can give you effective results without having to undergo downtime.
- Juvederm Voluma
It is an FDA approved gel which adds instant volume to your cheek area and adds both contour and lift. If you are looking for non-surgical treatment then this is the perfect option for you. The effects of this treatment last up to two years and quick results from it make it a popular choice. It also corrects the loss of volume and helps you get back that young look.
It is an FDA approved non-surgical treatment used to manage sagging jowls and tighten your skin to eliminate drooping and loose skin. It uses ultrasound waves to deliver energy to the muscle layer under the skin, which kindles the natural body process boosting collagen growth and tightening of muscles. It is completely natural and safe way of lifting your skin, including the neck, chin, and eyebrow. The results last for about one to three years and downtime is about 2 to 4 days.
It is also a popular treatment to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls. When injected into a specific area along the jawline, it works by restricting the muscles that are pulling the jowls downward, leaving you with the contoured and lifted look. The results last up to four months and there is no downtime, but usually takes three to seven days for results to show.
Exercises for Sagging Jowls
If you do not want to undergo the ordeal of surgical or nonsurgical, then you can perform these daily exercises to reduce sagging jowls. They will tighten the tissue and skin in your face, which eventually leaves you with tight skin without surgeries.
Pull your cheeks back and downward slightly, until your lower lip tightens. Use your fingers to firmly massage the muscles in the jaw as you keep the lip light.
Point your chin up toward the ceiling and then extend your lower lip until it covers the upper lip and tightens your neck.
Repeat the sagging jowls exercises five to six times, several times a day.