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.
Why do Jowls Develop?
The sagging skin below your chin is often called “jowls”. It happens because your skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time, causing it to sag.
What Causes Jowls?
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 sagging 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.
Jowl formation can happen because your face shape is different from others; so it can be a cause of genetics too.
Some people may never develop jowls. This could be due to their genes, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.
How You Can Reduce Your Chances of Developing Jowls
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.
What to Do to Minimise the Appearance of Jowls or Heavy Chin
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 sagging. 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:
- Lower Facelift
- Neck and Chin Liposuction
- Mini Necklift
- Fat Transfer to Medial Face
- Dermal Filler
Below we’ll discuss these options for reducing sagging jowls or a sagging chin.
Surgical Treatment of Jowls – Lower Facelift
Facelift surgery for jowls 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.
Facelift 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. Watch Dr Doyle discuss Face and Neck Lift surgery in this video:
Neck Lift Surgery to Reduce the Appearance of 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.
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift allows for tightening of sagging skin under the chin. The scars are small and easy to hide. Benefits of a neck lift can include 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.
Drawbacks of Neck Lift Surgery
Drawbacks of neck lift surgery include a high price tag and risk of complications (as with any surgery). Patients who undergo neck lift 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.
A neck lift, performed with other procedures can provide better results. Other treatments include a facelift, dermal filler or fat transfer to the face.
Liposuction & Mini Neck Lift for Sagging Jowls or Turkey Neck
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.
Neck Lift to Tighten Loose skin
A neck lift involves reducing excess sagginess along the jawline and neck. This often is done with liposuction to remove excess fat in this area.
Benefits of Liposuction & Neck Lift Combination
By removing fat from under the chin as well as sagging skin, you can have a slimmer profile. One of the biggest advantages of this surgery is the minimal scarring.
For more benefits, read our blog How Many Plastic Surgery Procedures Can I Have at Once?
Fat Transfer to Medial Face
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.
If you have mild jowling or skin laxity in the cheek area, dermal filler may be a good option. One way to tighten is to add volume to the cheeks using dermal fillers. Adding fillers to the midface can lift the skin and give the jawline a more defined and tight appearance. Learn more about cheek filler.
Dermal fillers can improve the jawline by increasing its volume. This can fill the area and tighten the skin of the jowl. Injecting dermal filler into the jaw 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.
Treatment for Sagging Jowls and Heavy Chin
Sagging of the skin on the face can give you a tired and old look, sagging jowls in particular. Diet and exercise will not reduce sagging. Surgery and dermal fillers may be the best option to bring back volume to sagging areas of the face. Sagging is usually caused due to the loss of collagen which comes with age. Dermal filler can help in restoring volume lost from sags or folds. Surgery will correct sagging skin by removing and tightening the skin and will give a more natural-looking result.
Dr Doyle’s Recommendation?
The best procedure for sagging 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.
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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 Breast, Body, Face 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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