I noticed I have a sagging jaw line since weight gain and loss. Is surgery the only option or are there alternative treatments or exercises to make it firmer? I am not a big girl; it's just that the area makes me feel old and somewhat big.
Alternative Options or Exercises for Sagging Jaw Line?
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Facial Skin Tightening
Thermage(r) is now a safe, non-invasive, radiofrequency (RF) cosmetic procedure that's clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. The treatment delivers natural looking results with little to no downtime -on all skin colors, on and off the face, all in a single procedure. Fast and easy, you can even come in during your lunch break and return to work after!
Thermage(r) uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of your skin. The heat helps tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen, which reduces sagging, renews contours, and improves the smoothness and texture of the skin's surface. Comfort Pulse Technology, including a vibrating handpiece delivers enhanced patient comfort.On the face, Thermage(r) can treat sagging skin, loose jowls, lack of definition in the jaw line, sagging neck skin ("turkey neck"), wrinkles and fine lines, and lack of definition in the lips.
The sagging skin around your jawline may be addressed in many ways. The spectrum ranges from the very invasive, neck/lower face lift surgery, to the very non-invasive, Fraxel or Thermage. In general, the more invasive a procedure to correct loose skin, the more dramatic and effective the result. However, the more invasive procedures are usually more costly, take longer to recover from and carry more significant risks (although very infrequent). Only you can determine which approach is better for your set of life circumstances. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon might shed some light on the subject for you. Good luck!
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Without a photo, it is impossible to give you specific advice. The best procedure really depends on your anatomy, your skin quality and your expectations. The options range from a lower face lift / neck lift (which is the gold standard) to laser skin tightening (either internal such as Smartlipo or Acculift; or, external such as fraxel). Good luck.
Sagging jaw line treament
Unfortunately, you don't give me any other info other than the saggy jawline. If surgery is not what you are looking for you might try Thermage or one of the less invasive treatments. Speak to several plastic surgeons who can offer you a variety of options before deciding on either surgical or nonsurgical treatment.
Options for a sagging jawline
Certainly a photo would help to give you a better idea, but for most people the only way to significantly improve a sagging jawline is with a facelift. Other non-surgical options such as Thermage can be tried but they won't give you the same degree of improvement. So it depends on your starting point, and what your expectation level is for a result that will satisfy you.