In so many ways, growing older is a beautiful journey. We gather friends, memories, discernment, and pride in our various accomplishments as we go through life. The highs and the lows provide us with insight and perspective; they also walk us straight toward signs of aging such as loose, sagging skin around the jawline. If jowls have started to diminish the curvature of your jawline, you have options for giving them the boot.
What Causes Jowls
Youthful skin is well supported in some ways. First, the connective tissues beneath the surface are held by a strong matrix of collagen and elastin fibers. Second, the young skin has not yet been affected by sun damage, stress, and biological changes. During our twenties, collagen production slows down. At the same time, the time we have spent in the sun starts to take effect. This occurs in the form of collagen fraying. Those strands that are twisted like a nice, strong rope begin to break loose and weaken. Over time, these changes in connective tissue cause a loss of resilience and tightness. As tissue across the mid-face degrades, that at the jawline sags.
Multiple Paths to Manage Facial Aging
Jowls are a common problem that can be treated in our Englewood cosmetic surgery office, and the good news is treatment may not be surgical! Before we mention non-surgical treatments for sagging jowls, we do need to say that severe laxity in older patients is best corrected with manual (surgical) repositioning and tightening of tissue. Facelift surgery may focus on the mid-face, the neck, and mid-face, or the entire face. The procedures performed by Dr. D’Amico are customized to the individual patient.
Nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Early signs of aging, including slight laxity along the jawline, may improve with routine microneedling treatments. This brief treatment is gentle enough to become one of your go-to methods of supporting collagen production.
- The ultrasonic energy of the Ulthera platform targets connective tissues with wavelengths that transfer as heat. The focused heating of cells in connective tissue causes constriction as well as a long-term increase in collagen production.
- Laser skin resurfacing. Patients of our Englewood office have options for fractionated or full laser CO2 resurfacing, as well as other resurfacing treatments customized to their needs.
Send your jowls on their jolly way. Schedule a skin-tightening or lifting consultation at 201-567-9595.