No matter how much we look after our skin, some areas of the face just can’t be targeted for anti-ageing and definition without the help of in-clinic procedures, and the neck and jawline are one of them.
Whether it’s due to weight loss, or simply as a result of the ageing process, at some point, we may notice that the skin on the lower face and neck has lost some of its youthful elasticity prompting it to droop and sag under our jawline.
What happens to the lower face as we age?
As we age, the skin becomes less firm and springy as the production of collagen as elastin decreases. Collagen and elastin are the vital components of healthy skin and keep it firm and bouncy. When production slows down, the skin doesn’t bounce back so quickly from expressions, and it becomes wrinkled. This decrease starts in our thirties, gets more apparent in our forties and is unavoidably apparent as we approach and go through menopause, thanks to a drop in hormones which halt production altogether.
Then there’s the way the fat pads which give our skin its support and structure start to shrink and sag downwards with age, and the bones in the chin and jawline recede a fraction resulting in a less defined jawline and a shorter neck and chin, giving way to jowling.
What are your options?
A beautiful middle ground between living with jowls and opting for cosmetic surgery lies non-surgical skin tightening and collagen boosting procedures. The benefit of these treatments is that they have minimal downtime, cost significantly less than surgical procedures, yet still have a visible impact.
Using ultrasound technology to boost the production of new collagen in the skin’s deeper layers, Ultherapy is the gold standard for lifting and firming the jawline.
The treatment delivers focused ultrasound energy to the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). This is the deep layer of muscle typically addressed in a facelift. Using ultrasound imaging, the practitioner can position the device precisely where it needs to be – stimulating collagen production in the target areas without harming the surrounding tissue.
To stimulate collagen production, RF microneedling devices such as the Morpheus8 deliver energy into the skin and the deeper tissues. The process creates tiny micro-wounds that kickstart lazy collagen into frenetic activity, creating a powerful lifting and tightening effect.
The heat produced during a Morpheus8 treatment damages the existing collagen in the skin which shrinks in protest and then begins to repair itself. This repairing takes some time, so while you may see an initial lift, optimum results will be visible three months post-treatment.
The neck tends to miss out when it comes to aesthetic treatments but addressing the horizontal lines that run around the neck with Profhilo will leave the skin firmer, bouncier, and less crepey.
Botox reduces sagging jowls by tightening and lifting the jaw area to pull back the excess sagging skin. This is often combined with dermal filler to replace deep structure and volume and provide contouring to the chin and jawline.
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