What Are Jowls?
The word “jowls” is used to describe the skin below your jawline, at the end of your marionette lines. As we age, facial skin can become thinner and lose its elasticity. This causes the skin around the chin and jawline to droop and sag, which ages the face.
At some point many people notice jowls forming and start looking for solutions. While you may be tempted to turn to facial “exercises”, creams and other remedies, most patients find these offer little to no improvement. Later in age, many patients opt for a facelift or a neck lift, which is the ultimate solution for getting rid of jowls. However, some patients start to see droopiness in their jaw area but they aren’t ready for a surgical facelift. The good news is there are a few quick solutions to treat jowls that are non-surgical and effective.
Can Losing Weight Reduce Jowls?
While losing weight can definitely change the appearance of the face, it may not always minimize the appearance of jowls. In some cases, weight loss can result in an increase in the sagging skin of the jawline, making the appearance of jowls even worse.
Treating Jowls with Dermal Fillers
Most people think of dermal fillers as the go-to solution to restore lost volume in the face or fill in lines and wrinkles. However, fillers can be strategically placed in the cheeks, around the mouth and along the jawline to lift and tighten it and reduce the appearance of jowls. Using dermal fillers to improve the look of jowls provides an immediate effect, with little-to-no downtime. However dermal fillers are temporary, only lasting 12-18 months on average. And while the improvement is noticeable, it does not provide the amount of lift and tightening that comes from a surgical face or neck lift.
Treating Jowls with Kybella
Kybella is a great non-surgical method to decrease the jawline, chin, and neck fullness. Through a series of simple injections, spaced about 8 weeks apart, this injection can effectively reduce the appearance of jowls, double chin and other undesired fullness in the area. Kybella uses deoxycholic acid, a compound naturally found in the body, to break down fat cells. The results are the permanent elimination of fat cells in the treated area, as well as collagen induction, that helps the skin to tighten around the jawline and chin area.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of jowls on your face but you aren’t ready for surgery, we can help. Schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery. The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is located at 4707 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola.