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Getting Rid of Jowls

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If you have jowls, you probably would not mind getting rid of them. Jowls are never ideal, and many men and women will go to any length to get rid of them, whether it is practicing facial exercises, using creams and lotions that claim they will get rid of them, or choosing surgery. While the first two options are much cheaper and far less invasive, there is no guarantee, or proof, that they will do anything for you. Fortunately, the third option provides results that are much more concrete. Facelift surgery targets the jawline and neck so that you can finally bid those pesky jowls adieu.

What Are Jowls?

Jowls are what we call the loose skin and fat that hang below the jawline. They develop over the years as a result of aging, genetics, sun damage, weight loss, poor skin care, smoking, and dehydration. These factors all contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, causing it to sag and facial features, such as the cheeks, to fall. When there is nothing to hold the cheeks in place, gravity pulls the skin and facial fat downward until there is nowhere further to go, and the jawline is where they come to rest.

A senior woman touching her neck

How Can Surgery Help?

Once jowls form, they often change the overall shape of the face and disrupt the youthful jawline that many people desire. Facelift surgery combined with treatment of the neck is performed to minimize or eliminate the appearance of jowls. A facelift is designed to restore the facial muscles and fat to their original positions. This includes the fat and tissues of the cheeks. Once the cheeks are lifted back to where they should be, there will no longer be anything pushing down toward the jawline. Any extra skin is remedied with a neck lift, which is often performed alongside a facelift to maintain the balance between the appearance the face and the neck.

How to Maintain Your New Jawline?

Unfortunately, it is likely that you will develop jowls sometime in your life. That is how aging and gravity works. The good news is, however, that once you undergo a facelift, you are starting with a clean slate. A facelift will not halt the natural progression of aging, but you do have the unique opportunity to improve your skincare regimen. Proper skin care, sun protection, staying hydrated, a healthy diet, and not smoking or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol will contribute to the longevity of your facelift results.

For more information about how you can get rid of jowls, contact Dr. Hung by calling his Pasadena office at (626) 432-5032, his Newport Beach office at (949) 574-8292, or by filling out our online contact form.