Cosmetic Treatment for Sagging Jowls

One of the most obvious signs of aging can be loose skin around the chin and neck, which may make a person appear to have jowls. For many older patients, this is one of the major reasons they consult a cosmetic surgeon. There are several procedures that can be done to treat sagging jowls.

Dermal Fillers

As the body ages, it begins to lose collagen, which can lead to the appearance of sagging jowls. Collagen is a protein that the body naturally produces. It works as the glue to hold the body together and to fill the skin out over the bones, preventing a hollowed and gaunt appearance.

Dermal fillers can replace the body’s own natural collagen with a skin volumizer. A series of small injections of the dermal filler are made at targeted areas around the neck and chin. This allows the dermal filler to restore a fuller appearance to the face, and thus make the patient look more rejuvenated. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes about 15 to 30 minutes. Most patients can resume normal activities within two to three days after surgery.

The most common side effects from a dermal filler procedure are bleeding, swelling, and bruising at the injection sites. The bleeding is generally minimal and should subside within 24 hours after the procedure. Patients should use cold compresses and take the herb Arnica montana in order to reduce the amount of swelling and bruising.

The most common risk from a dermal filler procedure is infection at the injection sites. Patients may be given antibiotics to prevent an infection. Patients should not touch or rub the injection sites with their bare hands. If they do need to touch the injection site, the hands should be first washed with an antibacterial soap.

Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery

Another alternative to reduce the appearance of loose skin folds around the chin and neck is a facelift or a neck lift surgical procedure. These procedures will tighten up the loose skin on the face. These two procedures can be performed at the same time.

In these procedures, incisions are made along the hairline, and possibly near the chin and neck. The skin and tissue are then gently lifted upward, excess skin is removed, and the skin is sutured back into place. The procedures may take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the extent of work done and if the procedures are combined. Most patients can resume normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery.

Just as with a dermal filler procedure, the most common side effects from a facelift or neck lift surgery are bruising and swelling. Patients will be given a special compression garment to wear for one to two weeks after surgery to help reduce the amount of bruising and swelling. Cold compresses and Arnica montana will also help.

There is no reason to accept the effects of aging upon the face. There are both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic techniques that can restore the face to a more youthful appearance.

For more information, contact Marin Aesthetics.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!