Think Jowls are a Problem for your Plastic Surgeon? Not so!
There are several signs of aging that incite concern when they appear. For many of us, a time comes when it feels as if we have missed the boat; we will live out our days wishing we had done more to prevent the formation of deep lines and wrinkles and sagging skin along the jaw. If you are starting to notice jowls to go along with those smile lines or under eye bags, your mind may be spinning with thoughts of a facelift.
The truth is, you may not need to go that far. Before assuming that surgery is your only solution to jowls, consider the problem behind that symptom.
Why we get Jowls
Jowls are pockets of skin and fat tissue that accumulate at the jawline. Usually, this starts out subtly, like two little pockets – one on each side of the face. As the face ages, these pockets worsen. It isn’t that jowls form out of the blue; they are a byproduct of what is happening across the mid-face.
Most people understand collagen relatively well by now. This protein makes up the matrix of fibers that run through deeper epidermal tissue. Collagen gives skin its firmness, and this firmness helps underlying structure maintain its drape across facial bones. Alas, collagen breakdown is nearly impossible to avoid. When fibers of this compound fray, tissue drops bit by bit, until it lands on the jaw line.
Finding the Solution for your Skin
We could not say that surgery is never needed when jowls have become problematic. There are more severe cases in which excess skin on the face needs to be removed and remaining tissue draped to its previous position. However, there are ways to correct mild to moderate jowls, and also ways to ward off their formation. Here are a few:
- Because jowls are secondary to volume loss, dermal filler cheek augmentation may be performed to lift tissue across the lower face.
- Laser resurfacing is an excellent anti-aging treatment that customized to address mild to severe cosmetic problems, including laxity.
- Ultherapy ultrasonic skin tightening causes both collagen contraction and ongoing rebuilding that progressively improves jowls and other concerns.
Acclaim Dermatology has an extensive service menu, which means you have numerous options for managing your aging skin without surgery. To learn more about skin tightening treatments, call our Sugar Land office.