Buh-Bye Jowls! How to Redefine your Jawline
At a certain age, it can feel like you will never be able to keep up with the development of new aesthetic concerns. It seems like only yesterday that those crow’s feet showed up around your eyes. Now, out of the blue, you cannot take your eyes off the drooping skin at the sides of your jawline. Jowls have been notoriously difficult to correct. In the past, you either had jowls, or you had a facelift. Today, patients are following their path toward refinement of the jawline. If jowls are a concern you are facing, are tired of seeing, or are worried about at all, take a minute to explore what can be done to lift them.
The Real Problem
Jowls look like the real problem when you observe yourself in the mirror, but there is more going on than a quick accumulation of fat and skin on the lowest part of your face. The reason that sagging occurs here is that volume has degraded in the mid-face. As we age, we lose the collagen that supports the position of facial tissues. Our facial movements cause the weakening of these tissues, as well. When the tissue across the cheeks and just below has less support, everything from there on down falls.
There is minimal value in understanding why jowls are stealing your confidence. The value lies in finding a solution to this problem – and fast. Does that have to mean surgery? It might. How jowls are tightened needs to be determined on a case by case basis. Facelift surgery may be appropriate when laxity has become a significant problem. However, there are other choices, as well:
- Venus Viva NanoFractional radiofrequency treatment heats dermal tissues to incite contraction and increased collagen production for tighter, smoother skin. Multiple treatments may be needed to minimize existing jowls. No downtime is needed. The skin may appear slightly red for a few days.
- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing gently ablates dead, damaged cells from the uppermost surface. The microchannels created by fractional energy stimulate fibroblasts to produce more collagen, leading to tighter skin.
- Dermal Fillers are often used to restore volume to the cheeks. In so doing, it may be possible to also produce a slight lift to the lower face.