Sagging Jowls Treatment

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What Are Jowls?

The term “jowls” is often used to describe sagging skin below your chin or jawline. Almost everyone develops sagging jowls as they age. It happens because your skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time.

Learn more about why jowls develop and how you can reduce your chances of getting them. We will also discuss options to reduce their appearance.

What Causes Jowls?

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As you age, your body makes less collagen (an important protein). Collagen helps keep skin firm and full, while also supporting underlying tissues. If you have saggy jowls, your diet may be to blame. Consider eating foods high in collagen or certain vitamins required to produce collagen.

The breakdown of elastin may also contribute to the appearance of jowls.  Elastin is a protein that supports the elasticity of the skin under the chin and cheeks.

Droopy Cheek can happen because your face shape is different from others. So it can be a cause of genetics too.

Some people may never experience jowl formation. This could be due to their genes, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.

How to Reduce Jowls naturally?

One of the best things you can do to reduce sagging jowls is to prevent obesity. Each measure of fat under your chin represents three measures of total weight. And, if you lose excess weight from your body, sagging skin will surround the area once it’s gone.

Research shows that tight skin corresponds to diets rich in fruits and vegetables. So, we recommend that you eat more plant foods. This includes carrots (rich in vitamin A), celery (high in silica) and cucumber (b-carotene). These foods can help restore sagging skin by promoting collagen production.

Sagging Jowls Treatment

Have sagging jowls and a heavy chin started to develop on your face? If so, you may be thinking about having cosmetic surgery to rectify this. Sagging skin is usually the main cause of sagging jowls or a sagging chin. Yet, there are also other factors that can play their part in saggy jowls. This includes having fat deposits beneath the facial tissue, which add extra bulk. Here are some anti-aging procedures for sagging skin on your lower face:

  1. Lower Face lift
  2. Neck lift
  3. Neck and Chin Liposuction
  4. Mini Neck lift
  5. Fat Transfer to Medial Face
  6. Dermal Filler

A good facelift results makes you feel younger. Below we’ll discuss these options for reducing droopy jowls or droopy cheeks.

Jowls Surgery

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Jowls surgery is a popular procedure at Dr Doyle’s practice. The right procedure requires openness about your needs and desires. There are a few things to consider when deciding what surgical option best fits you: 

  • Cost – There are many factors that decide cost but generally, Facelift costs approximately $15,000.
  • Surgeon experience – If you want someone with years of experience then it might be more costly. 
  • Age – Younger patients have more elastic skin. This allows for quicker recovery and a lower chance of scarring or complications.

Jowls Surgery treats the jowls by removing excess skin and tightening underlying muscles. This can restore your face to a more youthful position. It requires an incision running from the hair in the temple, down in front of the ear, and then behind the ear, and into the hair behind the ear. It is performed under general anesthesia. Facelift surgery doesn’t prevent ageing but can help you look 10 years younger.

Dr Doyle always recommends that you have a lower facelift at the same time as a neck lift. This is because it prevents one part of your face/neck region from appearing older than the other. If you’re concerned about recovery, you can learn more about Facelift Recovery.

Watch Dr Doyle discuss Face and Neck Lift in this video:

Does a Neck Lift Help Sagging Jowls?

Neck Lift Surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It can improve sagging jowls, a sagging neck and a heavy chin. All these areas change with age and gravity.

The main benefit of a neck lift is that it’s an immediate result. These improvements last for many years as long as you keep yourself in good health. This surgery produces natural results.

Best Treatment for Sagging Neck and Jowls

Neck lift removes the excess skin and fat from around the neck and jawline areas. It allows for tightening of sagging skin under the chin. The scars are small and easy to hide. As its benefits we can say, smoother skin, fewer lines and a reduction in excess skin. As well as this, you may achieve minimal scarring, short recovery and look younger. All these factors can contribute to improved confidence and self-esteem.

What to Consider for Sagging Jowls Treatment ?

Drawbacks of neck lift surgery include a high price tag and risk of complications (as with any surgery). Patients who undergo the surgery can expect a reduction in sagging skin. But, results are not guaranteed. When looking for sagging jowls treatment, you should always discuss your options with a specialist plastic surgeon who is well-versed in facial plastic surgery procedures.

Turkey Neck Treatment

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If you have a significant amount of fat in your neck area, Liposuction is a popular choice because it can remove excess fat deposits in this area. It’s also relatively painless and quick with minimal downtime.

Neck and chin liposuction is popular for those patients with fatty deposits under the chin. This can help remove the appearance of a double chin. This is best performed in younger patients. Because they have good skin elasticity, the skin can ‘bounce back’ for a smooth result.

One thing to note is that liposuction is not able to remove loose skin. If you are an older patient with less skin resiliency,  you may need another option to remove hanging skin. A mini neck lift and liposuction can remove hanging skin under the neck.

For more benefits, read our blog How Many Plastic Surgery Procedures Can I Have at Once?

Fat Transfer to Medial Face

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Real patient results by Dr Mark Doyle Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Because sagging jowls can be hereditary, a patient’s own fat can fill out the sagging areas. Liposuction harvests fat which is then re-injected into the sagging areas of your face. This provides a more permanent solution when compared to dermal filler.

This procedure itself may take several sessions because not all fat will take. Dr Doyle uses fat from different parts of the body depending on where you would like fat removed.

Injecting fat into the sagging areas of the face can lift the jowls and reduce their appearance.  The sagging of the jowls is because of a loss of volume and this filling helps to correct that.

To treat a sagging chin, lines and sag can be filled with fat. This can plump the area to create a more youthful appearance.

Non Surgical Treatments for Sagging Jowls

Dermal filler injectables can also enhance the appearance of mildly sagging jowls.

Cheek filler

If you have mild-jowling or skin laxity in the cheek area, add volume to the cheeks using dermal fillers may be a good option. Adding fillers to the midface can lift the skin and give the jawline a more defined and tight appearance. Learn more about cheek filler.

Jaw filler

Before and After 2mL Jaw Filler to the Jowl – Real Patient Results by Registered Nurse Kim

Dermal fillers can improve the jawline by increasing its volume.  This can fill the area and tighten the skin of the jowl. It can restore support, volume and lift jowl sag.

Filler Injections for Sagging Jowls 

Dermal fillers can be effective to plump the jowls. But, as with anything, it depends on your individual requirements and skin condition.

It’s important to note that this amount of filler can be quite costly and is not a permanent solution. It’s also worth knowing that you may need a series of treatments before you see your expected result.

Dr Doyle’s Recommendation :

The best treatment for sagging neck and jowls is a facelift. But you may consider exploring non-surgical options first. This is because not everyone will qualify for plastic surgery or want it done right away.

You’ll need to consult with a surgeon before making a decision about what procedure is right for you.

Book a Consultation

Book a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle, Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He can help you find out the best solution for you to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls.

Medical References

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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