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How to Get Rid of Jowls

As we get older, our skin gradually loses collagen and elastin, causing it to thin and become more lax. Due to this natural effect of the aging process, the skin starts to sag in areas such as around the mouth, leading to what is commonly known as jowls. Almost everyone develops jowls with age, though this age-related concern may be better or worse depending on your genetics, environment, and general lifestyle. Jowls are typically characterized by sagging skin underneath your chin or jawline. While some non-surgical treatments may help tighten this trouble area, some patients who are unhappy with prominent jowls may be better candidates for a surgical procedure.

A neck lift targets aging tissue of the neck and jawline area. By removing excess skin and fat deposits in these areas, jowls can be significantly reduced. Some patients may be recommended to undergo a facelift instead, or in addition to their neck lift procedure. During facelift surgery, sagging skin that contributes to jowling is removed from the mid to lower facial regions. Another solution that can be highly beneficial for those who primarily struggle with excess fat is liposuction. Through this popular procedure, isolated pockets of fat along the jawline can effectively be removed and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Although jowls are a normal effect of getting older, they can make many men and women feel self-conscious about their facial appearance. To learn if you are a good candidate for a surgical or non-surgical treatment, please contact The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. They can help you determine the most beneficial treatment options for your unique needs and aesthetics concerns.