Jowls: What Are They and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Before and After photo of a woman of Jowls

Jowls: What Are They and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag, often resulting in the appearance of jowls. Jowls are characterized by loose skin and fat deposits that droop below the jaw and create a poorly defined jawline or even a double chin-like appearance. Jowls are a common cosmetic concern for many people, but thankfully, there are various treatments available to help reduce or eliminate them.

What Are Jowls?

Jowls refer to the sagging skin that develops along the lower jawline and chin. Jowls can vary in severity and appearance, depending on the individual, and can make the face appear older and less defined. For some, jowls may be subtle and barely noticeable, while for others, they can be more pronounced and affect the appearance of the entire face. Jowls can also be accompanied by other signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines.

What Causes Jowls?

Jowls are typically caused by a loss of skin elasticity and firmness, which occurs as we age. While jowls are primarily caused by the natural aging process, genetics, sun damage, weight fluctuations, and poor skincare habits can also contribute to their development. 

How to Get Rid of Jowls?

There are various non-surgical treatments available to help reduce or eliminate jowls, including Morpheus8, dermal fillers, and Botox, as well as surgical options such as facelift surgery.

Morpheus8: Morpheus8 can be used to contour the jawline and rejuvenate facial skin. This non-surgical treatment combines microneedling technology with radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate collagen production and improve skin laxity, elasticity, texture and the overall appearance of the skin.

Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers can add volume to the face and fill in areas that have lost volume due to aging. They can help reduce the appearance of jowls by filling in the hollow areas beneath the jawline.

Botox: Botox can be used to relax the muscles that cause jowls, which can help improve their appearance. It is particularly effective for those with mild to moderate jowls.

Jowl Surgery

In addition to non-invasive and minimally invasive options to correct the appearance of jowling, surgery is also an option. Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is an effective option for treating jowls, and unlike less invasive methods, facelift surgery can correct the underlying problem that causes jowls. This is because it addresses not only the excess skin that contributes to jowling but also the underlying facial muscles and tissues that have shifted over time.

During the facelift procedure, incisions are made along the hairline and around the ears, and the skin is lifted and repositioned to create a more youthful appearance. The underlying muscles and tissues are also tightened and repositioned, which helps to eliminate jowls and provides more definition to the jawline.

Facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete, depending on the extent of the procedure. After surgery, patients need to follow a strict post-operative care plan to ensure optimal healing and recovery. This may include wearing a compression garment, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed pain medication.

Recovery from facelift surgery can take several weeks to several months, and patients may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort during this time. It is important to avoid any activities that could put a strain on the face or cause injury to the incision sites during the healing process.

Choosing The Right Jowl Treatment For You

The best course of action to treat sagging jowls depends on each individual’s unique desires and needs. That is why we strongly recommend seeking a private consultation at 740 Park Plastic Surgery so Dr. Stafford Broumand can assess your anatomy and advise you on the most suitable treatment option to address your concerns and enhance your overall look. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today. By taking the necessary steps to address jowls, you can achieve a more youthful, refreshed look and feel more confident in your appearance.