Don't Let Jowls Drag You Down

Don't Let Jowls Drag You Down

Around your 40s, you may start to notice the development of one of the most dreaded signs of aging: jowls. That sagging skin that begins to form along your jawline is caused by a loss of facial volume. If you have a fuller face, it may take longer for jowls to appear, but if you have a thin face, they may show earlier.

Luckily, there are a number of ways to slow the progression of jowls before they drag you too far down.

Skin tightening: Skin that is in the beginning stages of aging may respond well to skin-tightening devices, such as radio-frequency energy. A nonablative technique, like Thermage, utilizes electric and magnetic energy with radio waves in short, intense pulses to oscillate through the skin and deliver heat to the deep layers of the skin without damaging the outer layer of skin. However, if you have very saggy skin, this type of technology won't do much for you, and you may need surgery instead.

Fillers: Your doctor may opt to use a filler to build your cheeks back up, which may affect the look of your jawline, too. The key, Dr. Reichel says, is for the filler to be injected deeply, rather than superficially. Boosting the cheeks with fillers like RadiesseRestylane or Juvéderm may help create a more balanced, youthful face.

The Physicians at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center are here to help with all of your cosmetic needs and wants, call us today and schedule your appointment, 202.859.5777.

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