Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only signs of aging that can betray your age. Jowls or the droopy skin on the lower portion of the face also have the same effect; they can make you look and feel older. Sagging skin around the cheeks and along the jawline can also alter the shape of your face and give you a double chin or turkey neck.
So, why do jowls appear?
Aging is the primary cause of jowls. As the skin ages, the production of collagen and elastin declines, leaving your skin with less support to keep it in shape. It is also common for the skin to get thinner, drier, and less elastic, which then makes it harder to maintain both its form and appearance.
Older or aging skin, furthermore, is more susceptible to the effects of gravity and gradually starts to sag. Jowls then appear when the sagging and drooping skin around the mouth and cheeks falls around the chin and jawline area. A number of factors including lifestyle habits and heredity can make the jowls more prominent.
Here are the other causes and risk factors for jowls:
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Skin type (that is vulnerable to saggy and loose skin)
- Drastic weight loss
- Habits like chewing gum, frowning, and using phone or electronic devices most of the time (tech neck)
How Titan Skin Tightening can help
Titan Skin Tightening is a US FDA-cleared procedure for non-invasive skin tightening and enhancing skin tone on the face, neck, and other areas of the body. It uses a handheld device that emits a safe, infrared light that promotes collagen production. This leads to tightening of the skin over time and improved lines, folds, and mild laxity.
The handpiece emits a specified light, which the water in the skin absorbs .This converts the light to energy, heating the weakened collagen in the skin and causing immediate contraction. It then triggers the body’s self-healing properties to create micro-injuries in the dermis, jumpstarting collagen production.
Titan is effective for treating or improving the appearance of jowls and sagging skin in the face and other parts of the body. Other areas that respond well to the procedure include:
- Jawline or under the chin
- Upper arms
A firmer and more youthful appearance with Titan
You can see improvements almost immediately after your Titan procedure. Do take note, however, that significant results appear within a period of 3 to 6 months. This is the time when the new collagen begins to tighten and firm the skin. With new collagen growth, you can expect further tightening and improvement in mild skin laxity.
While a single session of Titan may deliver changes in sagging skin, you may need about 3 to 4 sessions of the procedure for optimal results. A consultation with your aesthetic doctor will let you know about the number and frequency of treatments that is suitable for your needs and individual profile.
Read our previous post to find out what makes Titan Skin Tightening different.
Can you prevent jowls?
There is no single way or method that can completely prevent the development of jowls. There are, however, things that can minimize their appearance or prevent the risk of early jowl sagging. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Prioritize sun protection. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
- Use moisturizers or anti-aging creams with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, or peptides.
- Avoid or quit smoking.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise daily.
- Avoid or limit habits and expression that can cause the muscle in your jaw and cheek to face downward
- Try to sleep on your back (instead on your side or stomach)
Almost anyone can develop jowls and there are a number of things that can affect their development and prominence. Jowls also don’t pose any threat to health, but they can make people feel older or self-conscious. If this is the same for you, you can consider a non-invasive procedure like Titan.
Titan Skin Tightening can help you fight signs of aging by tightening the skin on your face and neck. It can enhance your youthful appearance without cuts or needles. It is also important, however, to maintain healthy lifestyle habits like applying sunscreen daily and eating a balanced diet to reduce their severity of appearance.
To learn more about Titan and other non-invasive skin tightening procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor.