Jowls—which refers to lax, sagging skin that droops below the chin and jawline—is one of the most common aesthetic concerns experienced by both women and men as they grow older. Their etiology is related to a decrease in collagen and elastin in the skin as well as a reduction of and elongation of tissue support which are inherent issues of the natural aging process. The timing of their appearance, rapidity of development and degree of severity of the jowls are directly impacted by factors that include diet, smoking, genetics, substantial weight fluctuations, stress, sun damage and other lifestyle elements.
So what can you do to get rid of jowls if/when they occur?
For very minor jowling, certain non-surgical treatments may help improve appearance. In particular, dermal fillers such as Juvederm® Ultra Plus can smooth out the contour irregularities to yield a smoother, straighter jawline. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of individuals, only surgery in the form of a facelift can provide a reasonable and effective solution for jowls. This procedure includes the precise elevation and repositioning of lax tissues of the face and neck along with removal of any excess skin and contouring and repair of deeper structures.
If you are bothered by jowling, a consultation with Dr. Steven Turkeltaub will help determine what the most appropriate solution for your unique needs and cosmetic goals are. Based on a thorough physical assessment, he can either customize a facelift treatment plan that comprehensively addresses your aesthetic concerns or he may recommend another solution that would be more appropriate for you at this time.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub about your treatment options for jowls or for generalized facial aging in general, please contact our practice today.
A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.
We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.
For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.
In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.
We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.
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