I am 44 am just starting to have sagging in the jawline. Is Thermage right for me? My skin is in good condition otherwise, but the little jowls that are forming are a concern to me because they run in my family. I won't mind looking like my grandmother... later, just not at 44. Thank you for your time.
Does Thermage Work for Jawline Sagging and Jowls?
Doctor Answers 11
Thermage - questionable benefits
Thermage is one of the least beneficial procedures in facial plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation today and the quickest way to waste your money. It does very little to address the problem of sagging skin. Little early jowls are usually best addressed by a mini facelift or Perlane/ Restylane injections.
Questionable benefits of Thermage
I have personally done facelifts on at least 5 patients who previously went elsewhere for Thermage. Each said it was painful and they "got nothing from it." So, based on that experience I would say that if you want real and natural looking changes to reverse aging along the jawline, properly done surgery is the best answer. Sometimes fillers can buy you some time before you go for surgery but these are temporary.
Please note that those who have enthusiasm here were dermatologists who cannot offer you surgery so their advocacy for Thermage has to be evaluated in that light. Recall the saying that "when all you've got is a hammer, the whole world is a nail."
Thermage is Unpredictable
Is Thermage the best way to tighten your jowl? I would say unequivocally, No. A Facelift procedure is most likely to address your concerns. Can Thermage provide some benefit? It can. However, the results on Thermage have been very mixed and it might not be the best way to spend your money.
You might also like...
The procedure uses radiofrequency technology called ThermaCool that has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. Fast and easy, Thermage requires no downtime from normal activities. And unlike laser treatments, Thermage can be performed on patients of all skin types. Thermage can be used not only for sagging facial, neck, and eyelid skin; but also all over the body, including flabby arms, hands, and legs. Now approved by the FDA for improving cellulite. Tighten and lift without surgery, injections, or downtime.
However, Thermage can have variable results if not performed by an experienced doctor. The best way to protect yourself is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who is professionally bound to engage only in techniques that have been deemed safe--after rigorous testing.
Ultherapy vs. Thermage for lower face rejuvenation in Los Angeles
Although Thermage will work in this area, I would recommend the Ulthera treatment for the lower face and upper neck areas. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
Thermage is the best non-invasive single treatment for jowels
Tightening the jaw with thermage
When I tighten the jaw line, to elevate the jowls, I treat the face to help lift, and the neck as well after I focus on the jaw and peform vectors of treatment from the jowl up the cheek. The neck treatment helps pull down at the angle of the jaw so the two different forces can help tighten the line
I am a Plastic Surgeon so surgery is certainly an option I offer my patients when it's appropriate. As a Plastic Surgeon it's not necessarily good for business to tell you that Thermage works...but it does...however, it is not a facelift and will not give you the results that a facelift will give you. If your issues are severe, then a significant treatment is indicated. But, if your issues are mild, then Thermage is certainly a minimally invasive way to get an improvement that you could only otherwise get with surgery. I perform Thermage as part of a series with three other skin tightening modalities and patients tend to be happy. Should I as a surgeon sound positive that I can make a patient happy without surgery? That's a whole different discussion!
Does Thermage Work For Jowls?
Thermage is one of the best non-invasive, no down-time procedure for jowls. When you perform a Thermage, if you do one half of the face first and show the patient the treated side versus the non-treated side, they are always impressed with the improvement and want to make sure you treat the non-treated side the same! The beauty of Thermage is that it can hold off an more invasive procedure such as a face-lift if done early enough. You are at the perfect age to start Thermage. I will sometimes see a patient for a Thermage consult who has too much laxity or neck jowling that would be better served with a facelift or necklift and we will refer them to a plastic surgeon we trust.
Thermage for Jowl and Jawline
We did a study (submitted for publication, presented at ASDS and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery) comparing the improvement in the jowl and submental areas of 30 patients. They were divided into 3 groups: Thermage alone, Smartlipo alone, Thermage and Smartlipo. The best results(rated by physicians) were in patients with the combination of Thermage and Smartlipo. The happiest patients were the ones with Thermage alone. Since objective results were very close and patient satisfaction is the most important factor I stopped performing Smartlipo.
Thermage alone does work given appropriate expectations....it is not a facelift but is a viable less invasive alternative for those not wanting surgery.