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Jowls: Causes, Prevention, and Your Comprehensive Treatment Guide

The appearance of jowls can be a frustrating sign of aging.  Understanding the factors behind their formation is the first step in finding solutions that restore a youthful, defined jawline. This blog post will help you understand why jowls develop and explore the extensive range of prevention and treatment options available.

What are Jowls?

Jowls are that sagging or excess skin that forms along the lower jawline, often creating a less defined or youthful contour.  They can develop due to a variety of reasons, including aging, sun damage, and lifestyle habits.  Understanding jowls is key to exploring effective treatments and maintaining a rejuvenated appearance.

What Causes Jowls?

Jowls form due to a combination of factors that impact our skin and facial structure:

  • Age-Related Changes: Our skin naturally loses collagen and elastin over time, leading to sagging and reduced firmness.
  • Sun Damage: UV exposure breaks down collagen, accelerating the aging process and contributing to jowl formation.
  • Facial Volume Loss: As we age, we lose fat in our cheeks, which once provided support for the lower face. This makes jowling more noticeable.
  • Weakened Bone Structure: Bone resorption occurs naturally, changing the underlying support for the lower face and contributing to sagging, especially in the chin area and the nasal sides.
  • Genetics: Some of us are simply more prone to jowls due to inherited traits.
  • Rapid Weight Loss: When significant weight loss occurs quickly, the skin may not have time to tighten, leading to excess or sagging skin, including jowls. Ozempic and other weight loss drugs can lead to the development of jowls.

Prevention: Protecting Your Jawline

While we can’t completely stop the aging process, these healthy habits can significantly slow down the development of jowls:

  • Sun Protection: Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is the single most important preventative step.  UV damage accelerates collagen breakdown, leading to sagging skin. Look for sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Retinol/Retin-A: These are a category of retinoids which are considered a skincare superstar. Retin-A (tretinoin)  promotes collagen production, helps maintain skin elasticity, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all of which contribute to a firmer jawline.  Start with a lower-concentration product and gradually increase usage as tolerated. Learn more about Dr. Diana Ponsky’s Simple 4-Step Skincare Routine.
  • Hydration & Nutrition: Staying well hydrated and eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains supports your skin from the inside out.  Focus on antioxidant-rich foods that fight free-radical damage.
  • Targeted Exercises: The Debate Continues:  While there’s limited scientific proof, some facial exercises may help tone muscles and improve circulation in the jaw area. It’s worth trying, but don’t expect miracles.

Additional Tips to Prevent Jowls:

  • Quit Smoking: Smoking damages collagen and accelerates skin aging.
  • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can raise cortisol levels, which can negatively impact skin health.
  • Get Adequate Sleep: Our bodies repair themselves during sleep, including our skin!

Remember: Prevention is an ongoing process. Consistency is key to protecting your youthful jawline for years to come!

Treatment Options: Your Anti-Jowl Toolkit

When prevention isn’t enough, the good news is that several treatments can effectively get rid of jowls:

Dermal Fillers

Strategically placed fillers can restore lost cheek volume, providing a subtle lift to the jawline and lessening the appearance of jowls. Different filler types offer varying longevity and firmness, allowing for a tailored approach. Learn about Juvéderm Volux, the jawline filler for a chiseled look.

filler for jowls, jawline filler

Energy Devices

Thermage, Sofwave, Morpheus8, and other energy devices can be effective treatments against jowls. These treatments use different forms of energy, primarily heat, to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin over time. They’re ideal for mild to moderate sagging and offer a non-invasive way to combat jowls, especially for the 30-50 age group.


This ultrasound-based treatment targets deeper layers of the skin and underlying tissue, offering a more significant lifting and tightening effect for more pronounced sagging. It’s a non-surgical option that promotes natural collagen production.

Chemical Peels and Lasers

Resurfacing treatments address skin tone and texture and can improve the overall appearance of jowls. Options range from milder chemical peels suitable for most skin types and younger skin to deeper laser resurfacing for more dramatic improvement, requiring longer downtime for older skin.

Facelift (Mini or Full)

Surgical lifting provides the most significant and long-lasting jowl correction by repositioning underlying tissues and removing excess skin.  A mini facelift addresses the lower face, while a full facelift targets the entire face and neck and can sometimes include a brow lift (aka upper facelift).

jowl treatment before and after

The Ponsky Approach: Finding Your Perfect Solution

💎 At Ponsky Facial Plastic Surgery, we believe in personalized solutions. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach for jowls! Your consultation is crucial in determining the best strategy for your unique needs and goals. We focus on achieving natural-looking, rejuvenated results that boost your confidence.

Jowls FAQ: Your Questions Answered

Am I too young for jowl treatment?

There’s no specific age limit. If jowls bother you, treatments like preventive skincare or fillers might be suitable, even in your 30s and 40s.

Can I get rid of jowls without surgery?

Definitely! Non-surgical options like fillers, energy treatments, and sometimes threads can offer significant improvement, especially for earlier stages of jowl development.

How long do jowl treatments last?

This varies greatly!  Fillers typically last months, energy treatments offer gradual results with effects seen over weeks to months, and facelifts provide the longest-lasting correction.

What is the best treatment for jowls?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. A consultation is essential to understand your unique needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

How much does jowl treatment cost?

Costs vary depending on the chosen treatment, the severity of jowls, and your location. Your consultation will include personalized price estimates. For a detailed breakdown of costs, check out this article.

Can rapid weight loss cause jowls?

Yes!  When you lose a significant amount of weight quickly, your skin may not have enough time to adjust and tighten accordingly.  This can lead to loose, sagging skin, including jowls. Learn more about how rapid weight loss can cause jowls in our blog post, Ozempic Face: Facial Changes After Rapid Weight Loss

What can I do about jowls after weight loss?

The good news is that the same treatments discussed in this blog remain effective. Fillers, energy therapies, and surgical lifting can all help restore a more defined jawline. A consultation will help determine the best approach for your individual needs.

Ready to explore your jowl-fighting options? Book your consultation today and let’s create a plan to reclaim your youthful, sculpted jawline!

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