Jowls and Sagging
As we all fight to keep our faces looking as fit and youthful as possible, the battle against jowls and sagging in your face is a hard one to win.
What are you up against? A few things. First of all, you're fighting what's called Skin Laxity. As your face ages, you lose elasticity and the skin along your jaw line starts to sag. Also, pretty much any facial muscle (smiling, frowning, and wincing) puts stress on the skin around the mouth and creates a fold or line over which sagging facial skin can fall.
Age and stress can cause sagging in the area of your nasal labial fold (above your mouth) and your marionette lines (below your mouth).
You also could be fighting your DNA, as genetics can also be a factor. If you see your older blood relatives with jowls or sagging in the facial area, chances are pretty good you will see similar results in your face by that age.
There are other factors that can also contribute to jowls and sagging. Like most skin conditions, too much unprotected exposure to the sun can hurt you. Too much exposure leads to your skin loosing elastin and collagen.
You might even be hurting your face while you sleep. Some experts point to certain sleeping positions as contributing factors in the formation of jowls or sagging. The American Academy of Dermatology found if you sleep on your back, you may suffer from less jowls and sagging, versus sleeping with your face pressed against a pillow.
What can you do to fight jowls and sagging in the facial area? Plenty, fortunately. There are facial exercises that some people have tried, with some success. However, the results vary because many people find that it's a tough regimen to stick to.
Treating Jowls and Sagging
The Pellevé is a radiofrequency device that offers a huge advance in skin tightening therapy. The harmless radio waves tighten skin giving you a nice lift to reduce jowls. Collagen tightens up, and new collagen production rises.
If your jowls are particularly heavy, the Accent radiofrequency device can be used to melt fat and shrink your jowls.
Dermal fillers are injected to "fill" any part of the face.
Most procedures take about half an hour and the effects of dermal fillers can be seen immediately following the first treatment. The duration of benefit depends on the substance used, the area injected, and the person injected, and can range from 9-18 months.
Fillers can be injected into the cheeks to give a bit of lift to the lowls. They can also be placed in the indentation in front of the jowl to disguise the jowl.
Sculptra is another filler that can help with sagging and jowls. This filler stimulates new collagen formation.
You can still enjoy its effects after an amazing 3-4 years following your first treatment! The treatment itself can take around 30 minutes. You will start to see results in a few weeks, with the peak effect taking 3 to 6 months.
If your problem is advanced, only surgery will help. We don't offer surgery, but we can refer you to a surgeon.
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you with your jowls and sagging today. You can contact us by calling 905.853.3200 or you can click here to book an appointment.