Sagging skin on the jowls is probably one of the most common tell-tale signs of ageing. Underlying changes in the skin, particularly the decrease in collagen production are major contributing factors to jowl formation. This can start to happen in your late twenties, as the body starts to lose volume in the form of fat, muscle and bone. The cheeks and cheekbones are the support structure of the face and as we lose volume, our cheeks flatten and our skin sags.
What is a “jowl?”
The term jowl refers to the lower part of a person’s cheek, especially when there is fleshy, sagging, droopy skin in the area. This is a very common condition that occurs with aging, and results from a combination of skin laxity and volume loss.
When do the jowls start to show?
Jowls affect both men and women and typically it is more noticeable from the 40’s onwards but we also see it developing in younger patients. It’s caused by skin and fat drooping lower as we get older and contributes to shadows around the mouth.