5 Things to Try On Your Saggy Jowl Before You Opt For a Face Lift!
We age, we get wiser and we also get a little saggier in the face (and in the boobs department but that’s a story for another day).The lower face specifically where we see the sharpness of our jawline slowly but surely relax.This happens for a number of reasons and over time.As early as our twenties our skin starts to thin, which basically means that our skin loses the plumpness of youth.Collagen production slows down, so there is less to hold our skin up.The analogy we always use is that of a balloon.Our skin starts off as a taunt blow up balloon and with time it loses air and becomes saggier.Later in life, in our thirties and forties we start to lose fat and muscle so the thin skin loses even more support.In our fifties the actual bone of our jawline withers, which adds insult to injury.
The bottom line on saggy jowls is a mini-facelift specifically of the lower face.Many of us are not too keen on such invasive procedures, and the beauty industry has provided us with a number of reasonable options to consider.Here they are.
A well maintained physique will help us appear years younger… from a distance; however upon closer inspection our faces will betray us….unless that is we are able to apply yoga on our faces as well. There are a number of yoga poses that will help us increase circulation, up our oxygen intake and exercise certain muscles that we often forget to use.
One effective pose is the tongues-out pose. Sit cross-legged on the floor. Open your jaws widely and stick your tongue out. Look upwards and breathe through your mouth for 30 seconds. Repeat twice.
One should also search for poses that involve exercising the cheek muscles. Fill up your cheeks with air by inhaling through your semi closed mouth. Move the air from cheek to cheek. Keep doing this until you’re out of breath. Repeat.
For those who are hesitant to use invasive or non-invasive treatments, there is always the option of using some of the topical treatments available on the market. The key here is to look for the right ingredients that can boost the skin’s renewal process and repair everyday damage.
Look for any of the following star ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, and collagen to promote collagen production and skin regeneration. Peter Thomas 24K Gold Mask is a luxurious product that includes hyaluronic acid next to caffeine, and yes.. gold. Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D uses the brand’s famous cold plasma technology and users reported great results.
If you are the type to follow a more natural course, you can look for products with plant extracts such as natural aloe vera, evening primrose, and red algae. Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream is a good option to try.
For any product to be effective however, it has to be applied correctly, in upward strokes from the décolleté or the neck all the way up to your chin. And needless to mention that for these products to work one must not ignore the importance of UV protection, healthy eating habits and good sleep.
Stimulation of Collagen Therapies
Doctor’s office procedures such as Ultherapy, the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the skin.It uses safe ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer to stimulate collagen production.
Laser skin tightening is another minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses an infrared light source to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface.
Radio frequency is another procedure that does pretty much the same thing.Therapies such as Thermal and EndyMed heat up the collagen in order to stimulate production.
Botox and Filler
Yep you heard right, filler can in fact be used to sharpen the jawline.A thicker version such as Radiuses and Restylane work to recast your jawline where the bone has withered.This works specifically on mild cases of sagging.
Another culprit of a square jawline actually has little to do with sagging, it is actually your facial muscles in overdrive due to teeth grinding.This square jaw can be remedied using a shot of botox which paralyses the muscle responsible, therefore preventing it from working and bulking up.
This procedure is not for the faint-hearted, just the description of it made us queazy.It does work however from 6-18 months and that’s what matters most.The Silhouette InstaLift takes a self-dissolving surgica-grade thread with a long needle at both end.The doctor then makes three dots along the jawline and threads under the skin to tighten it.The thread actually has little cones attached that hook onto the connective tissues right below the dermis (good news the cones also dissolve).You actuallyhear the hooks click into place…Yikes !