Sagging jowls are a distressing sign of aging. Once firm jawlines and smooth cheeks are affected by gravity and start to sag, leading people to look tired and aged. The only permanent solution is a surgical facelift, but the jawline can be improved without surgery.
Dermal Fillers to Minimize Jowls
Injectable dermal fillers are particularly effective at restoring the prejowl sulcus contours. This is the hollowing appearance on either side of the chin, which becomes more prominent when jowls begin to form. The hollowing appearance occurs due to loss of collagen. This is a natural part of the aging process which causes the face to lose texture and volume.
Aesthetic practitioners with a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy can temporarily restore this loss of volume by injecting dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, into the deep dermis area between the jowl and the chin. . Most dermal fillers are placed by nurses and medical estheticians with proper dermal filler training who work in the office of a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist. These dermal fillers consist of hyaluronic acid suspended in a gel or synthetic microbeads suspended in a gel, which combine with water naturally present in the skin to swell, creating volume.
Synthetic microbeads also promote the creation of collagen, as the skin naturally produces collagen around the microbeads to improve texture and volume. Currently, all dermal fillers, even synthetic fillers, are classified as temporary or semi-permanent.
In addition to the volumizing effect, a lifting effect can be created by injecting dermal fillers along the jaw line to restore the natural contours of the jaw. Dermal fillers can also be injected into precisely targeted areas of the cheeks, which raise or lift the jowls.
Neurotoxins to Minimize Jowls
Neurotoxins may also be recommended when minimizing jowls. Neurotoxins temporarily paralyze targeted muscles, and are very effective at smoothing out frown lines and other imperfections. Neurotoxins targeting the oral commissure lines can help lift the corners of the mouth. This lifting effect adds to the improvement of the prejowlsulcus.
Though most dermal fillers and all neurotoxins have a temporary effect, they can be repeated.
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