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How to lift sagging jowls and cheeks: Surgical, Non-surgical and at-home options

How to lift sagging jowls and cheeks: Surgical, Non-surgical and at-home options

How to lift sagging jowls and cheeks: Surgical, Non-surgical and at-home options

Sagging cheeks and jowls are part of the natural aging process and result from the skin losing collagen & elastin fibers, becoming thinner and less elastic with age. This leads to sagging skin all over the face, with the lower cheeks, jawline and upper neck regions often seeing the most of the excess skin collect in these areas, with one colloquial way of describing one of the appearances that can results from such excess skin being referred to as ‘turkey neck.’ Further, it is not just the skin that becomes less elastic, but rather the muscle of the face and neck do too, and generally there being no way to strengthen them, add to skin laxity issues. Given the advancements in science, there are, however, a number of options available to firm up such skin and muscles, or to remove some of the excess loose skin.

Removing Skin: Surgical Options

Facelift surgery is regarded as the surgical option for moderate to severe 'jowling.' Performed by a surgeon, it is often planned and executed to remove sagging facial tissue. In addition to the removal of excess skin, the surgery is done to also ensure that the features of the face appear lifted post-surgery. Also care is given to ensure that minimal amounts of incisions are made so that little to no scarring is visible once the patient has fully recovered.

Existing Skin Improvements: Non-surgical Alternatives

Fillers: Addressing the historically only real alternative to going under the knife, fillers such as BOTOX have been a longstanding go-to treatment for those too adverse to surgery, but accepting of short, mostly pain-free, filler sessions. The fillers are often injected routinely in sanitary doctor office style settings, where, beside being akin to a doctor’s visit, the needle pinch is not much different when compared to say, a vaccine shot. With offerings plentiful, fillers range from those based on naturally occurring substances to others that are fully synthetic. The most common type of filler however is the HA (Hyaluronic Acid) filler. It naturally is present in our bodies and plays a very important role in keeping our face and neck look hydrated and volumized. One of the drawbacks of fillers is that they don't often tend to last more than six months as the body gradually absorbs the substance, and with another being that at least in some individuals the movement of the filler from the desirable injected location to another adjacent but undesirable one may occur over time.

Clinical and At-Home Procedures: There exist a number of clinical solutions to grow collagen volume in the aging skin and firm saggy skin. They have gained tremendous prominence in recent months given that they do not require any surgeries or needles, are essentially pain-free, and perhaps most importantly because compared to all other surgical and non-surgical option, they offer the only real way to grow new collagen in senior individuals, thus providing a way to topically stimulate the skin to promote internal growth (of new collagen) in the dermis layer of the skin. These include treatments using Ultrasound, Radiofrequency and a combination of IPL & Radiofrequency to grow collagen, and primarily microcurrent as the predominant technology to firm loose muscles. In-clinic, Ultherapy has long been held as the preferred ultrasound-based skin firming procedure, while Thermage has been the foremost radiofrequency-based clinical procedure. Both Thermage and Ultherapy have been shown to significantly tighten aging skin over successive sessions by growing new collagen and returning lost volume to skin in older subjects. Microcurrent firming is often provided as a service at spas and at many estheticians' offices. Recent advancements in technologies have allowed the miniaturization of such technologies without significant losses in performance into at-home systems such as the Evenskyn Lumo—a device that combines powerful skin tightening radiofrequency technology with collagen growth stimulating red light therapy and muscle firming microcurrents.

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