Aging brings with it a host of advantages and disadvantages. We gain perspective and collect accomplishments, and then we notice that certain lines have become permanently embedded in the forehead, or we notice that our jaw line is slowly disappearing. There are numerous changes that occur across the face with age, and jowls are one that doesn’t often get attention. That is until one believes that he or she has to have a facelift to rejuvenate the face. It doesn’t have to be this way.
What causes jowls, anyway?
It is easy to look at any new cosmetic problem as a primary issue. Jowls are deposits of fat tissue and skin that make the jaw on each side of the face appear heavy, then saggy. They do not occur because you have indulged in too much ice cream. Jowls are not an issue of too much fat. In fact, they are usually the result of volume loss on the cheeks and mid-face.
We hear a lot about collagen lately. This protein is what keeps skin tissue firm and resilient. Without adequate replenishment, the strands of collagen that hold facial fat in place break down. We see this as a flattening of the cheeks, and the softening of the jaw line. Then we see jowls.
What we can do about Jowls
Jowls used to be an issue reserved for cosmetic surgeons. Historically, facelift surgery has been conducted to lift the position of facial tissue from forehead to chin when the signs of aging have become prominent. Today, we have numerous ways to manage facial aging. In our NYC aesthetic center, proactive steps help many patients postpone the very idea of surgery. To minimize or slow the development of jowls, patients may consider:
- Dermal filler treatment to plump the cheeks. Restoring structure to the mid-face may mean a smoother jaw line when jowls are minimal, and elasticity is good.
- Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Fractionated laser light ablates a small percentage of surface tissue, stimulating dramatic regeneration as well as collagen building that supports skin firmness.
- eTwo laser Sublative Rejuvenation. This laser treatment is unique in the subdermal delivery of energy. This technique heats collagen strands without affecting surface tissue, thus minimizing downtime.
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