Jowls are a stubborn problem that appears on just about every face at some point in the aging process. What they look like are small, then obvious, pockets of tissue and skin on the sides of the jawline. What they do is make a face and neck appear heavier and older.
If jowls have become a prominent feature on your face, you have options for reducing or eliminating them. There are several ways to approach this problem, and we offer some options to meet your needs.
It is sometimes assumed that jowls are a neck issue, that the skin at the jawline and upper neck has simply loosened and allowed tissue to sag. This isn’t the case. Jowls are a face problem. They develop because the fat that is positioned across the mid face, falls to the lower region of the jawline as a result of collagen loss. Therefore, to eliminate jowls, we’ve got to address the midface. A mid-face lift may be an excellent procedure for jowl removal due to the repositioning of superficial tissue over the cheekbones. When the mid-face is lifted to its original position, and when a bit of volume is reinstated to the cheeks using fat or dermal fillers, the angular nature of the jawline is restored. Recovery from a mid-face lift occurs over approximately two weeks, though minor swelling may take longer to completely diminish.
Non-Surgical Jowl Treatments
One of the best technologies for treating the cause of jowls is radiofrequency. The question that we seek to answer during our thorough consultation and evaluation of the skin and face is which radiofrequency device may provide the best results.
A popular non-surgical modality that tightens loose and sagging skin is the Venus Freeze or Venus Legacy. This radiofrequency treatment affects the skin through a synergistic combination of radiofrequency and pulsed magnetic fields. This partnership of energetic power tightens existing collagen strands and also excites fibroblast cells into collagen-producing action. A valuable aspect with radiofrequency treatments is that there is no downtime after a short office visit.
Additional options for inhibiting the progression of jowls non-surgically include:
- Dermal Fillers