Jowling and sagging skin

Generally thought of as part of ageing, jowling is the appearance of loose, sagging skin below the chin and jaw-line, sometimes associated with ‘turkey neck’. It can increase the appearance of ageing, sometimes prematurely, and contribute to a loss of confidence in how we look.

What is jowling and sagging skin?

As we age, our skin tends to start sagging and this may be noticeable on the face, particularly around the jaw. Elastin in our skin breaks down as we age and we also produce less collagen, both of which lead to a loss of elasticity in the skin.

This process also triggers a depletion of the fat pads that sit under the skin, which give our faces volume and structure. This, in turn, causes the jaw-line to lose definition and creates the appearance of ageing.

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What causes jowling and sagging skin?

As mentioned above, jowling and sagging skin is part of a natural process of ageing. It can also be caused by: 

  • sun damage
  • smoking
  • some habitual facial expressions
  • weight loss
  • genetics

As jowling and sagging skin around the jaw is associated so strongly with ageing (whether ageing is the cause or not) treatments for this condition offer patients a more youthful appearance and can help to restore confidence. 

How to get rid of jowling and sagging skin?

At Hannah London our qualified practitioners can offer many types of treatment, following a personalised assessment of the best combination for each individual patient.

Treatments for acne and acne scarring

There are many treatment options to remove or reduce acne and acne scarring. The best results are obtained by combining the right treatments, in the right way for each individual. The aim of treatment is to smooth and calm the skin, while restructuring scar tissue, stimulating collagen production and (where necessary) replacing the lost volume of scar tissue.

Clinic based treatments

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a gentle, non-surgical treatment. It uses directed ultrasound energy to create heat in the lower levels of the skin, which stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production process without injury. This tightens the skin around the jowls, reducing sagging.

Find out more about HIFU

Microneedling is a gentle, non-surgical procedure using ultrafine needles to create invisible, micro injuries in the skin. Like HIFU, it stimulates collagen and elastin production in the lower levels of the skin, thereby stimulating its natural healing process and tightening skin around the jaw.

 Find out more about microneedling.

Other treatments include:

Potenza is a newer treatment that combines microneedling with radio frequency (RF). This delivers heat to the lower levels of the skin, which can stimulate a deeper healing process than microneedling alone

Find out more about Potenza.

Skin peels or chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin which exfoliates its top layers. Peels can be applied at different strengths, depending on the desired results and, like other treatments, will stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin.

Find out more about skin peels.

Dermal fillers and biostimulators like Elianse and Radiesse can be used to gently restore lost skin volume, plump up the skin and lift sagging skin. They can also help to treat loss of bone mass in the face that occurs with ageing, further reducing the appearance of jowls.

Find out more about dermal fillers

Botox injected into the jaw-line may not be the most familiar use of this well-known treatment, but it offers a gentle way to reduce sagging. When applied to the platysma bands, botox relaxes these muscles that run vertically down either side of the neck, reducing their appearance and therefore reducing stretching and sagging under the chin and jawline. 

 Find out more about botox for the jaw-line.

At-home Self Care Treatments

At Hannah London we also offer advice on at-home treatments for jowling and sagging, for example:

using gua sha stones
reducing screen time (as it causes folds in the skin of the neck)
regular massage for the face and neck
using a neck strap to keep skin lifted, especially following a skin tightening treatment

Meet one of our doctors for a consultation to discuss your treatment options

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