Alternative Options or Exercises for Sagging Jaw Line?

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.

Doctor Answers 6

Facial Skin Tightening

Thank you for your question. I would suggest Ultherapy for facial skin tightening. Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. Plus, the treatment is completely non-invasive and does not require downtime. I have seen excellent results with the treatment.

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Neck Life

Congratulations on your recent weight loss! The neck lift is a quick way to reduce jowls, eliminate a double chin, slim the bands of muscle that form the wattle, and tighten neck skin. Often, liposuction alone can help resculpt this area and tighten loose skin. Today with Smart Lipo using laser light can provide finer resculpturing of the neck and jowls. If greater tightening of the skin is required, it can often be done with tiny incisions behind the ear. These procedures can be performed as an outpatient without the need for general anesthesia allowing for a quick recovery. It's possible to do this on a Friday and be back to work on Monday!

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.

Michelle Copeland, MD, DMD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Sagging jawline


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!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Sagging jawline

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.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Sagging jaw line treament

Dear AG

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.

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

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