With age sagging of the skin below your chin or jawline can occur. Almost everyone develops some level of sagging as they age. It happens because your skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time.
The condition may be less pronounced in people who have thicker skin, more fat, or more collagen in the area below the cheeks and chin. Some people have reduced incidence because of their genes, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.
Over time, the skin in your cheeks and below your jawline loses much of its collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that makes up the connective tissue in your body. Elastin is another connective tissue protein that lets your skin return to its normal shape even after being stretched.
As these proteins are lost, the cheek skin surrounding your mouth loses its firmness and tightness. Once this happens, gravity causes it to sag and descend to the area on either side of your mouth and chin.
Other causes of sagging either come from your environment or result from your lifestyle choices. These include:
Facial expressions: Frequently making certain facial expressions can stretch out your face or neck skin.
Weight loss: When you gain weight, your skin stretches to cover increased body mass. If you lose the weight, the stretched skin may sag.
Sun exposure: Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight can damage the collagen in your skin. This can cause your skin to sag earlier.
Smoking: Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes can damage collagen and elastin. Smoking can also cause your blood vessels to become narrow. This limits your blood’s circulation and prevents your skin from getting enough nutrients like vitamin A to keep it healthy.
Using computers or phones: Using a computer or looking down at a smartphone for long periods of time can make the skin around your neck lose its elasticity over time. These jowls have been called “tech neck.”
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