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.