How to Lift Jowls With Microcurrent Therapy

Lifting Jowls: Easier Than You Think!

Alongside fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, sagging jowls are just one of several signs of aging that can be frustrating to experience. We all know that aging is a natural part of life, but even still, nothing can really prepare us for when it actually begins to happen. 

If you're interested in aging gracefully, you might actually have a bit more control than you think. When it comes to jowls in 2022, thankfully there are a ton of non-invasive options available to you that you can use, but you have to stay proactive and knowledgeable!

Let's cover some of the causes of jowls and what you can do to treat their appearance using Microcurrent and other alternative treatments. 

A Quick Recap: What are Jowls and What Causes Them?

The term "jowls" most commonly refers to excess sagging or drooping skin that collects along the lower part of the face, just below the jawline and cheeks. Sagging of this area reduces the naturally sharp contour of the chin and jawline. 

There are many factors that play a role in causing jowls, such as excessive exposure to the sun, smoking, a hereditary pattern of jowls, and sudden or extreme weight loss. All of these are covered in the medically reviewed article How To Get Rid of Jowls by Jennifer Huizen in 2018. 

The most notable cause of jowls however is a combination of gravity and the loss of important structural proteins in the skin known as Collagen and Elastin. With the loss of structure, combined with the inevitable force of gravity pulling down on the skin, our skin can begin to sag. This is what leads to the sagging skin along the jawline, along with the appearance of droopy cheeks known as jowls. 

How to Prevent Jowls 

Because jowls are a natural part of the aging process, you'll never be able to avoid them entirely. With that said, however, there are a ton of preventative measures you can take to prevent the onset of jowls and maintain your skin's youthful appearance. 

The single most important factor in any anti-aging skincare regimen is hydration and protection of your skin from excessive sun exposure. To keep your skin hydrated, make sure you're moisturizing at a minimum of 2x a day. In your moisturizer, you want to pick ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which locks in moisture, and collagen, which is responsible for your skin's firmness and smoothness. 

Another way you prevent jowls is through facial exercises known as "Face Yoga". Facial yoga involves "massage[s] and exercises that stimulate the muscles, skin, and lymphatic system". (Cronkleton, 2021). Facial yoga, like microcurrent, rose to popularity because our face is made up of facial muscles, and in order to keep those strong and happy, we need to exercise them. 

With all that said, while you can also use Microcurrent as a preventative approach, most people use Microcurrent as a way to treat the appearance of jowls they already have. 

What is Microcurrent Therapy?

Since we're constantly harping on Microcurrent therapy, we want to keep this section of the blog brief. But essentially, Microcurrent is known as the natural, non-invasive facelift alternative, and is a great option not only for just preventing jowls but also for other signs of aging too, like fine lines and wrinkles.  

In short, microcurrent works by sending low-level electrical currents to the facial muscles. This has a plethora of benefits for the skin, but the main one for jowls is that it strengthens the facial muscles and re-trains them to hold their shape. 

Microcurrent also does two things that are essential to lifting and toning sagging skin. The first is that it increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your skin, which boosts the amount of energy and nutrients your skin gets and as a result, promotes the production of Collagen and Elastin. These two proteins are what keep the skin looking younger, firmer, tighter, and glowing. Increasing the production of these two proteins helps to maintain your skin's original shape. 

How to Lift Jowls with Microcurrent

To treat jowls with Microcurrent is quite simple: apply the Microcurrent to the jawline and cheeks for a minimum of 5 minutes. Be sure that the device or treatment rods are making contact with the jawline for the entire 5 minutes, otherwise, you'll be missing out on valuable treatment time.

When it comes to Microcurrent, you've mainly got two options: either treat at home or in a professional clinic.

Professional Microcurrent Facials

Professional Microcurrent facials start just like regular facials. The skin is cleansed and exfoliated first, and then comes the Microcurrent, which is usually operated by a licensed aesthetician, who will then administer the Microcurrent to the desired treatment area. 

One of the downsides of professional treatments can be the cost. Because long-term results from Microcurrent require consistency over time, usually 2-5 times per week, multiple trips to the spa can start to add up and get costly. This is why some have turned to at-home microcurrent devices as an alternative. 

At-Home Microcurrent Devices

At-home microcurrent devices function just the same as professional Microcurrent equipment and are a great option because you essentially have unlimited treatments at your disposal. As we've touched on previously, Microcurrent delivers the best results with consistent treatment over time. At-home devices give you the frequency of treatment that you need to get the best results possible, which is especially important for something that can be quite stubborn such as jowls. 

One of the downsides of at-home devices is that the Microcurrent typically isn't as strong as you'd get at a professional clinic. But the lack of power is made up for with the number of treatments you get and the money you save.  

If you've been connecting the dots, then it's easy to see how Microcurrent when applied to the jawline can treat the appearance of jowls: by strengthening the facial muscles on the jawline that begin to sag over time and promoting the production of Collagen and Elastin in that area of the face. 

Managing Expectations: Can you Really Lift Jowls? 

Today, we gave you a handful of preventative treatment options for sagging jowls. Each method has been scientifically supported and has given people amazing results, however, it's important to be realistic when it comes to any anti-aging skincare regimen. 
With natural and non-invasive options, we encourage you to be patient, and consistent and consult with a professional to get the lifting results you have in mind. 
In conclusion...
Microcurrent is one of the most powerful and effective ways to treat the appearance of jowls, but, like any natural anti-aging option, it generally takes longer to show results. However, this longer time frame for results comes with a great added bonus: no surgery! 
With Microcurrent, you've got two options equally worth exploring: professional Microcurrent facials or an at-home microcurrent device. 
If you're determined to get rid of jowls as fast as possible, and but cannot be patient or consistent with these processes, then you may seriously consider some surgical options such as a facelift or fillers. 

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