Rejuvenate Your Appearance with Treatment for Drooping Jowls
By Kenneth Smart Jr. on July 30, 2016
Drooping jowls refer to the skin that begins to sag from the lower cheeks and chin. Hanging jowls can make a person look older, tired, sad, and worn out. Fortunately, there are treatments to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls. Facial plastic surgery can rejuvenate your appearance, tighten loose facial skin, smooth wrinkles, and improve your skin texture. To find out if treatment for drooping jowls is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Ken Smart.
What Causes Drooping Jowls?
As with most sagging skin, the aging process is the biggest culprit when it comes to drooping jowls. The skin begins to sag over time as a result of the collagen and connective tissues, which are responsible for skin elasticity and firmness, breaking down. Sun exposure, poor diet, not drinking enough water, and genetics also play a role. Major weight loss can also cause sagging skin, including drooping jowls.
Treatments for Drooping Jowls
Facelift surgery is one of the most effective ways to target loose, sagging facial skin. There are different types of facelift surgery, making this treatment easily tailored to each patient's needs.
- Lower facelift: A lower facelift targets the jaw line to restore lower facial contour and reduce the appearance of drooping, sagging jowls. The lower facial skin and underlying muscles are then gently pulled and lifted. Excess tissues are removed and the incisions are stitched closed.
- Mid facelift: A mid facelift targets the area of the face that extends from the cheekbones to the jaw line. Small incisions are made near the ears and the skin and underlying muscles are adjusted to create a more youthful, natural looking appearance. Once the desired look is achieved, the tissues are sutured in place and incisions are closed. Mid facelifts help smooth folds around the mouth and reduce the appearance of hanging jowls.
- Full facelift: A full facelift addresses the signs of aging throughout the face. By combining key portions of a lower, mid, and upper facelift, a full facelift can rejuvenate the overall appearance, eliminating sagging jowls and lines around the mouth.
- Mini facelift: Mini facelifts are appropriate for those with minimal sagging and, like a lower facelift, targets the jaw line. Mini facelifts require a small incision near the ears. The lower facial tissue is then pulled taut and excess skin is removed. Incisions are then sutured closed. Although mini facelifts are invasive, they are less so than the other types of facelifts, resulting in reduced side effects and a faster recovery.
Candidates for Jowl Treatment
Candidates for jowl treatment include men and women with mild to significant drooping jowls. Candidates seeking surgical treatment to address hanging jowls should be healthy enough to undergo surgery and have a healthy relationship with plastic surgery.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
Dr. Smart offers a variety of treatments, including non-surgical options, to rejuvenate your appearance. To find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart.
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