Not many areas of the body show a person’s age more than the lower face. Which is why even the slightest sight of a sagging jawline can create dread.
As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elastin, which can sometimes cause our skin to appear older than we feel it should. Although this ageing process is absolutely natural and a normal part of life, anti-ageing treatments can help us feel more confident in our appearance.
After staring at our own reflections on video conference calls for more than a year, it’s no surprise that Dr T’s Cosmetic Clinic in Melbourne has seen an uptake in treatments for sagging jowls. Video calls are particularly unflattering for the lower face. The wide-angle lens on our computers can create distortion and makes our jawline look bigger. The good news is that there are ways to treat jowls. Even better? There are non-invasive, non-surgical treatments for jowls available, too.
What Are Sagging Jowls?
You’ve probably heard the word “jowls” before, but you may not know exactly what it means.
The term “jowls” is often used to describe excess or saggy skin on the neck, just below the jawline and chin. As we age, the skin around the cheeks and mouth begins to sag and falls to the area around the chin and jawline, creating jowls. Almost everyone develops at least minor jowls as they age.
What Causes Sagging Jowls?
A sagging jawline, also known as jowls, occurs because of the ageing process. As we age, the bones of our face decrease in size, leading to less support for the fat, muscle and skin, causing them to sag.
The fat pockets in the middle part of our face start to deflate. Which means we lose the key volume in our face that gives us that round, full, youthful look.
From our 20s onwards, the levels of collagen and elastin in the dermis begins to decrease, the skin becomes thinner, looser and starts to sag. Collagen and elastin are the two proteins in the skin that give it structure and elasticity.
All of the above leads to a lack of support, causing a sagging jawline.
Jowls aren’t harmful to your health, but people can be self-conscious of them. They affect numerous people, but some are more predisposed than others. Although sagging jowls can be a natural part of getting older, they can also be caused or aggravated by:
- Sun damage
- Lifestyle factors
- Loss of fat, e.g. after weight loss
Fortunately, various cosmetic treatments can tighten the skin in this area and minimise the appearance of sagging jowls.
Common Treatments to Tighten Sagging Jowls
Dermal Filler Injections for Jowls
Dermal fillers can be injected into the skin’s soft tissue to restore lost volume or fill in lines and wrinkles. Fillers can provide dramatic results without the pain and necessary recovery inherent with surgical procedures.
To lessen the appearance of jowls, fillers can be injected to lift both the cheeks and the skin around the jawline and mouth. While the results are not permanent, the improvement is noticeable immediately after treatment.
Ultherapy (Ultrasound Therapy) for Collagen Stimulation on the Jowls
Ultherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure for lifting, tightening, and firming jowls. Using ultrasound technology, it stimulates your body’s collagen production to lift and tighten the skin naturally. Many patients receive fantastic results with a single treatment. Though some, who have a fair amount of laxity issues, benefit from more than one treatment.
Although you may notice an immediate effect, the overall results will take up 2 or 3 months. This is the time it usually take for your body’s natural collagen production to kick in. In a recent study, 70% of Ultherapy patients noticed a significant improvement in their neck and jawline that continued to develop months after their initial treatment.
Because Ultherapy is non-invasive, you can resume normal daily activities without any downtime. It is non-surgical, has no toxins, and no one will know. What more can I say? No wonder this is such a popular treatment option for sagging jowls.
Cosmetic Surgery for Sagging jowls
A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that can improve the most visible signs of the ageing process by eliminating excess fat, tightening and elevating the muscles beneath the skin, and removing or repositioning sagging skin.
Surgical facelifts are widely considered the most effective treatment for jowls. But, they generally have a long recovery time (usually 6 weeks) and carry the most significant risk of complications. The most common complications are scarring, infection and unsatisfactory results.
Cosmetic surgical procedures are also very expensive compared to other treatment options for jowls, and once the treatment is done, it can’t be undone. It is permanent.
Thread Lifts for Sagging Jowls
The PDO thread lift treatment focuses on stimulating collagen production in your jowls. The process begins by inserting special threads into the skin beneath your jaw.
Instead of removing the patient’s loose facial skin surgically, the cosmetic physician simply suspends it by stitching up portions of it. This has the effect of pulling the skin back slightly, lifting and tightening the face.
Over time, the treads will be naturally absorbed by your body. But before they are absorbed, they will trigger collagen production in your face. As collagen production increases, your skin will become more elastic and firmer. Your jowls will snap back into place and no longer hang down.
The potential side effects include infection, bruising, swelling, tenderness, skin dimpling and facial asymmetry (unevenness on each side of the face). Sometimes a suture may be visible just below the skin as well.
Want to Know More?
Scanning the headlines can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right treatment to improve your sagging jowls. Because there is so much information available, you might find yourself asking:
Where do I even start? What treatments are safe? Which treatments are right for me?
These are all valid questions. The good news is you’ve come to the right place.
The first step is to book a no-obligation consultation with me at Dr T Aesthetics. I begin the process by assessing your main concerns.
I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.
Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.
Some of the available treatments for sagging jowls here at our anti-ageing clinic in Melbourne are:
To find out which treatment is best for you, begin by booking your comprehensive no-obligation consultation with me today.