Friday, March 20, 2015

What can be done about jowls?

I would like to highlight and discuss my take on some effective non-surgical modes of improving jowls.  For those of you who need to clarify what is meant by "jowls," I am referring to the saggy and sometimes fat pouches of skinon either side of our chin that worsen with age.


Filler treatment to the jawline with Radiesse or a similar sturdy filler ( Voluma ) or multiple treatments with Sculptra can significantly diminish saggy jowls and rejuvenate the jawline.  This can be catered for either men or women, with the goal of maybe giving a more defined strong jawline for men, and a youthful, soft jawline in women.

Laser resurfacing - ablative or non-ablative - have been shown to smooth jawlines and lift jowls, and could be combined with treatment with Lipo Dissolve or a similar product to chemically dissolve fat.
This treatment is not always recommended for darker or melasma-prone skin types.

Radiofrequency heating, either subcutaneous or fractionated and applied to the top of the skin is very effective at smoothing wrinkles and skin tightening.  Treatments may need to be repeated and full results may not be seen for 3-6 months.

As far as which treatment is best for you, it is important to discuss the options with your dermatologist.  Some people, especially when there is both excess fat and skin laxity, do best with a combined approach and treatment with more than one modality.

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