The aging process brings a number of changes to the look of the body including the appearance of jowls around the jawline. Jowls are the formation of sagging bits of skin that start to become visible under the jawline. One of the main methods of getting rid of jowls is undergoing a facelift but many patients do not want to use this method because of the possibility of scars forming in the treated area. A facelift is when the surgeon makes incisions and then lifts the skin and underlying tissue up, and then moves the skin back, in order to eliminate the sagging parts of the skin. Patients who are interested in having a less invasive treatment to address the issue of jowls are invited to read this article in order to learn how jowls can be eliminated without the need for a traditional facelift.
1. Lip Fillers
One of the first nonsurgical options for patients with jowls is the injection of fillers. Lip fillers add lost volume and give the patient a plumper look that also increases the pout exhibited by the lips. In general, fillers are placed around the cheekbones in order to help the lifting of the skin off the lower section of the face. The fillers process starts with the doctor and the patient discussing the desired final results while also establishing realistic goals and expectations. The area where the fillers will be placed is cleaned and then the doctor performs the injections. The total time spent in the office of the doctor is anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes to an hour. No downtime is necessary but strenuous activities should be avoided for 24-48 hours so there is less of a chance of any swelling and bruising. Overall, fillers can last in the range of six months to two years.
2. Skin Tightening Procedures Using Ultrasound Waves
Skin tightening procedures that use ultrasound waves are another nonsurgical choice and one of the most popular options is Ultherapy. This skin tightening device uses ultrasound energy to tighten the skin as tighter skin provides an improvement in the appearance of mild jowls on any skin type. This procedure option also requires no downtime, and the results can last for around a year. It should be noted that the final results are less dramatic than those provided by an invasive surgical procedure such as a facelift.
3. Mini Facelift
A mini facelift is a type of facelift that is less invasive than a full facelift. A min-lift is a facelift technique that addresses signs of aging, such as loose skin, which is visible in the midface area of the body. In general, the midface area is the part of the body that is located between the corners of the eyes and the corners of the mouth and the jowls. The surgeon will create an incision in front of the ear of the patient. The doctor will then remove any excess skin. The skin that remains in the area is repositioned by the doctor so it will lay flat. This procedure is sometimes referred to as a “short scar facelift” since the final results usually include a scar in front of the ear that is shorter than the size of the scar that appears after a regular facelift. Even though this facelift option is less invasive than a traditional facelift, there will still be a need for one to three weeks of downtime for proper recovery. Patients will experience some temporary pain and discomfort, but the pain can be managed by the surgeon.
The first step in the process of eliminating jowls is to schedule a consultation appointment with an experienced, board-certified medical professional. The performance of any cosmetic procedure is not a decision that should be made lightly so proper research needs to be conducted in order to find the right doctor who can provide the desired results.
The doctor can examine the patient to determine the extent of the jowls as well as their current condition. The doctor needs to make sure the patient is healthy enough to have any type of surgical or nonsurgical treatment to reduce the appearance of jowls on the body.
The doctor will discuss the desired results with the person and make sure the patient has realistic expectations about the type of results that can be achieved as well as the length of the results. It is important for a patent to have realistic expectations, so they are not surprised or disappointed by the type of results that occur after the treatment and/or the downtime and recovery process.
Once the doctor and the patient are in agreement about what can be achieved when it comes to their treatment for jowls, the procedure can be scheduled and performed in the near future by the doctor so the patient will be able to enjoy a life free of jowls.
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