As we approach a new year, many of us are contemplating what we can bring into our lives and what we can leave behind.When it comes to beauty, jowls absolutely fit into the “leave behind” category. The problem is, jowls are tricky. The softening and widening and sagging along the jawline is bound to happen to most of us, if not all of us, at some point. The question is not how to prevent them but how to postpone them as long as possible and then, when they do appear, how to get rid of them. We have an answer for that. But first, let’s discuss why we get jowls in the first place.
What Causes Jowls
A Decrease in Key Proteins
You may know that you need collagen and elastin for your skin to look young and healthy. Over time, two things happen to these proteins. First, those that make up the matrix of the dermis and epidermis degrade. The primary factor at work here is UV exposure. The second thing that happens is that the body stops producing as much collagen and elastin as it once did. Without sufficient production, there is little to make up for the degradation that occurs.
Here is one more thing we can blame on our genes. Studies suggest that a person who has naturally thin skin may have more pronounced jowls. Those with thicker skin, on the other hand, may have more subtle jowls. Still, the amount of collagen and elastin every individual has present in their skin will interplay with skin thickness or lack thereof.
For healthy skin at any age, it helps to keep good habits. Lifestyle factors that contribute to jowls, as well as other signs of aging, include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Weight fluctuations
- UV exposure
Now for the Good News
Jowls are not something you have to live with. In the past, the solution to jowls was to surgically lift the skin and tissue of the lower face and neck. Today, thanks to innovative advances, we can correct mild to moderate lower face laxity using absorbable threads.
Dr. Krummen is pleased to offer the PDO Thread Lift to qualified patients. This nonsurgical procedure is conducted in the office and incurs very little downtime. The PDO thread lift rejuvenates the skin in three distinct ways:
- Instant lifting through a light mechanical repositioning of tissue
- Skin tightening through the contraction of fat tissue
- Cellular renewal due to neovascularization and collagen stimulation