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Jowls, are sagging pockets of skin that appears beneath beneath the chin and jawline,

It is a cosmetic concern that often emerges as a visible sign of aging.

These unwelcome additions can alter our facial appearance and impact self-confidence. While jowls might seem like a common woe, their emergence prompts numerous questions on how to effectively treat and mitigate them.

Understanding Jowls

Imagine looking in the mirror and noticing a downturned expression, an impression of sadness even when you aren't. These sagging jowls, also known as the "turkey wattle" effect, are the outcome of a combination of factors.

As we age, our skin loses the plumpness and elasticity of youth, leading to a weakened support structure for the skin.
Collagen and elastin, proteins that lend youthful resilience to our skin, start to diminish, resulting in skin that is less firm and springy. This decrease in structural support leads to wrinkling and sagging, including the development of jowls.

Gravity plays its part too, pulling down on the underlying structures and causing the skin to sag.

Significant weight loss can contribute to sagging jowls as well, as it often involves a reduction in fat and volume in the face. This transformation isn't solely linked to the aging process; external factors like smoking and sun exposure can hasten its appearance.

Jowls tend to become more conspicuous as we enter our forties, though early development can occur due to factors like accelerated aging from sun damage or smoking. Skin aging commences around the age of 25, with early signs manifesting around the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and eyes. Jowls tend to emerge more prominently as time advances, and individuals in their forties and fifties, particularly women, often express increasing concern.


Non-surgical options offer viable alternatives.

  • 1 Injectable fillers, strategically administered, can redefine the jawline and minimize the appearance of jowls.
  • 2 Botox injections might appear a great candidate, as they can relax muscles contributing to jowls, aiding in redefining the jawline.
  • 3 Injectable moisture treatments, like Profhilo, encourage skin regeneration from within, potentially enhancing its strength, smoothness, and tightness.
  • 4 High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments provide deep skin stimulation, promoting collagen production and potentially tightening loose skin.
  • 5 Radiofrequency treatments, another non-surgical avenue, damage subdermal layers to prompt collagen remodeling. The subsequent skin tightening can result in a reduction in the appearance of jowls.
  • 6 Radiofrequency microneedling combines microneedling's benefits with radiofrequency's skin-tightening prowess, delivering comprehensive improvements in skin strength and texture while addressing jowl fat.
  • 7 CoolSculpting, a fat-freezing procedure, not only reduces fat but also tightens skin in treated areas.


For those seeking more substantial results, surgical interventions like neck lifts or lower face lifts could be contemplated. However, such decisions should be made after thorough consultation with a qualified practitioner, considering individual factors and preferences.

In conclusion, sagging jowls, while a natural part of the aging process, need not be an unwelcome companion. A range of non-surgical options exists to address this concern, each tailored to individual needs. Consulting with a knowledgeable practitioner is essential to determine the most appropriate approach to achieving a rejuvenated appearance and improved self-assurance.You can book your appointment with Dr Wafaa and have a thorough consultation and advise on how to address your concerns

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