The term “jowls” refers to a collection of loose, excess skin in the lower regions of the face. The development of jowls is extremely common. While this accumulation of sagging skin can be due to factors such as fluctuations in weight and/or a genetic predisposition, it is often simply caused by the natural aging process as the skin begins to lose collagen and elasticity. Jowls can have a significant effect on jawline contours and overall facial aesthetics; however, there are treatments available that can dramatically minimize signs of jowls and renew this prominent area of the face.
Facelift surgery is typically the most ideal treatment to get rid of jowls. A facelift is designed to rejuvenate the mid- to lower region of the face, and it is commonly done with a neck lift to rejuvenate the upper area of the neck. By removing excess skin and making the remaining skin much firmer, facelift surgery can recontour the jawline area and virtually eliminate the appearance of jowls. In addition, tightening the deeper structures in the facial anatomy can create outcomes that last for many years after the procedure.
For women and men who are experiencing more subtle signs of jowling, a non-surgical treatment such as injectable dermal fillers may provide a certain level of noticeable improvement. Facial fillers such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC or other options can enhance volume in specific areas with the goal of “camouflaging” jowls to some extent. With this in mind, the results of cosmetic injectables will not last as long as those of facelift surgery, and the effects will likely not be as significant. Still, for individuals who have less severe signs of jowls, dermal fillers could be a good option if surgery is not desired.
Dr. Semira Bayati will be happy to examine your concerns and talk with you about the condition of your skin. If facelift surgery or another option is right for your needs, Dr. Bayati can develop a customized treatment plan designed to help you achieve a more youthful and contoured jawline. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.