What is jowls?
The word “jowls” is often used to describe the sagging skin below the chin or jawline. It is extremely common and develop as we age. This is because the skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time.
Gravity starts to have a more visible effect on our body and starts to pull the face on the skin because the muscles underneath are not trained to hold skin. This is most common in women and because this can change the look of the face it can lead to a number of psychological problems such as stress, poor self-esteem and heightened self-consciousness.
What causes jowls?
The severity of jowls depends on the following factors:
- Genetics – if your parents have jowls, it is more likely you will develop it. If you have thin skin or little collagen, the onset of jowls may be as early as your 20s
- Age – As we get older, there will be a loss of collagen and elastin, collagen makes the connective tissues in your skin, elastin is a connective tissue that allows your skin to return to its normal shape after being stretched.
- Smoking – nicotine damages collagen and elastin in the skin and decreases blood flow to the skin.
- Sun exposure – Overexposure to UV rays can damage collagen and elastin in the skin.