Aug 30 2017
In the animal kingdom, there may be a certain appeal or function to sagging jowls. We do not belong to that level of the animal world; in the human world, jowls can be overwhelmingly distressing. They are neither useful nor are they cute by any stretch of the imagination.
What Are Jowls, Anyway?
The term jowls describe the hanging pockets of at that take up residence at the sides of the jawline at some point in life. Not every person develops this issue. Those who do notice them usually do sometimes during their forties or fifties. We get jowls because age robs the body of collagen, and collagen is the substance that keeps skin firm and smooth. Without substantial collagen, gravity has more pull on superficial tissues. That which once sat high across the cheekbones falls and, as it does, causes pooling at the jawline.
Jowls may be a normal aspect of aging, but you don’t have to live with them.
Losing jowls used to mean undergoing a full facelift. Today, more people are addressing the issue with more conservative surgeries, such as a lower facelift or neck lift. Even more, options are available, though, making it even easier for you to say goodbye to sagging jowls should you wish. Some of the non-surgical treatment options include:
- Facial rejuvenation with injectibles. We typically discuss dermal fillers about lines and wrinkles. More and more, though, men and women realize that fillers have even more power. A long-lasting filler such as Voluma, or other Juvederm products may be ideal for an evening out the jawline to regain definition when jowls are still somewhat small.
- This non-surgical skin tightening treatment is frequently sought by patients who have become frustrated with loose, sagging skin across the lower face and neck. Ultherapy prompts a tightening process that continues for several months by heating dermal tissues with controlled ultrasound energy.
- Minimally-invasive InstaLift. Silhouette InstaLift is not a surgical facelift; it is a suspension technique that involves creating a suture scaffold to better support aging skin. The procedure requires only local anesthetic and a short recovery period and improves the appearance of the jawline for several months, if not years.
The jawline often becomes a significant concern as we age. Learn how you can maintain an appearance that demonstrates your youthfulness when you consult with us.