How to Get Rid of Jowls
As the years go by, you may notice that your facial skin has lost volume and begun to sag. Facial aging begins with the gradual decrease of collagen production; with that reduction, it is normal to experience increased skin laxity and the loss of skin support, often resulting in wrinkles, creases, and jowls along the jawline.
Furthermore, the decline of volume and fat around the cheeks over time are hallmarks of facial aging. This causes the deeper facial tissues to descend downward past the jaw, an aesthetic usually accompanied by marionette lines and parentheses wrinkles. While the formation of jowls are a natural part of getting older, they can present a concern for many men and women who feel their appearance does not match their inner youth. At the Aesthetic Institute of Oklahoma, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon can treat jowls with both surgical and non-surgical solutions.
Facelift surgery is considered the most powerful treatment to correct sagging facial tissue by most plastic surgeons. Dr. Scott Shadfar performs a facelift by targeting the deeper layers of the face as well as the underlying musculature in the neck, employing the deep plane technique to tighten the loose muscular lining or fascia, reposition excess fat, and trim redundant skin. With this approach, Dr. Shadfar takes care to avoid creating an overly tight, unnatural aesthetic by working within the deeper facial tissues rather than simply pulling the superficial layer of the skin taut. The final outcome can yield long-lasting facial rejuvenation, generally allowing most patients to look up to ten years younger. For individuals who prefer to avoid surgery, our practice also offers a minimally invasive “liquid facelift,” which utilizes hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers or autologous fat grafting to lift the skin and replace lost volume around the cheeks. This can restore fullness in the mid-face and improve the look of jowling. While this technique will not be as effective or enduring as a surgical facelift, many patients undergo a liquid facelift to minimize obvious signs of facial aging without the need for extensive downtime.
If you’d like to learn more about how to reduce jowling, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shadfar, please contact our practice today.