One of the most unflattering things about the aging process, and one that many men are unhappy with, is the formation of jowls or jowling in the lower face. Jowls are fatty deposits and redundant skin that accumulate along the jawline. This layer of fatty tissue, coupled with lax, sagging skin, can give your face the appearance of being grumpy and tired, as well as making your whole face appear more aged.
Jowls are one of the most common signs of aging in mature adults, but fortunately, one that can be easily treated in order to impart a more youthful and contoured jawline. There are many options currently available for treating jowls in the lower face and restoring a more youthful face shape to take years off your facial appearance.
At Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, a state-of-the-art cosmetic medical facility located in Grand Rapids, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson, along with his team of aesthetic medical professionals, provide a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to treat jowls and other visible signs of aging in the face. Because every patient is unique, Dr. Bengtson designs a customized treatment plan for each individual that takes into consideration your condition, your age, the type of skin you have, and other factors, to provide the results that satisfy your individual aesthetic goals. Our team of specialized aesthetic medical professionals will guide you through the preparation, as well as recovery and after-care for each procedure.
How Do Jowls Develop?
Jowls result from extra redundant skin and fatty deposits that settle in the lower face, along the jawline. These fatty deposits occur as we age and in combination with the natural loss of elasticity in skin tissue. Jowls are caused by the effects of gravity that cause fat to drop down from the cheeks to lower areas of the face, and combined with the effects of sagging skin caused by the natural loss of collagen in skin tissue.
Over time, this extra tissue gradually sinks to the bottom of the face and spreads across the jaw, softening the contour of the face and making it look chubbier and rounder. In men, the jowls reduce the angular appearance of the jaw, creating a look of weariness that makes individuals look fatter than they actually are. Jowls are very common in mature adults, and many of our male patients come in wanting to get rid of their jowls and restore a more youthful facial contour.
Jowls may be treated in a number of ways and most adult men are good candidates for at least one form of treatment.
You must be in good general health to receive injectable treatments, and you must be cleared for surgery before you can undergo a surgical procedure such as a neck lift. You may be advised to suspend certain medications in preparation for your treatment.
Fortunately, jowls may be treated in a number of ways. Many patients may successfully be able to diminish the appearance of jowls using other non-surgical treatments.
Dermal fillers such as those used to administer a Liquid Facelift may also be utilized to diminish the appearance of jowls by helping to firm and tighten the skin in the lower face. In addition, fat injections may also be used to soften the marionette lines and nasolabial folds.
The CoolMini™ system, a unique applicator targeted at freezing away the unwanted fat cells contained in the submental region. With CoolMini™ there are no incisions required or downtime after treatment. Results will appear gradually over time and may require multiple treatment sessions.
Ulthera™ is one of the best and most popular non-surgical systems for facial tightening. It is best utilized for minimal to moderate skin laxity. It has minimal effects on the skin surface and tightens the deeper structures.
Finally, surgery with a Face Lift/Neck Lift is the best and most effective solution if one’s jowls have progressed beyond non-surgical remedies. A facelift/neck lift offers a solution to moderate or severe jowling and can restore youthful definition to your chin and neck creating a natural outcome without appearing over-tightened or over-operated.
Jowls occur as a result of gravity affecting the amount of fat in the faces of adults as time passes.
Just as there is no way to stop the passage of time, there is nothing that can be done to prevent this process from happening, although some people may have more of a tendency to develop jowls at a younger age, depending on their genetic makeup. Jowls are simply a natural result of the aging process, and getting rid of them is impossible without resorting to some sort of cosmetic procedure.
If you live in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan, or in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Birmingham, or other nearby areas, you can find solutions for jowls at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery.
To learn more about available treatment options, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bengtson, contact our friendly office today and talk to our knowledgeable staff about the many options we offer, as well as pricing and payment options.
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Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced surgical and cosmetic treatments for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.Fees & Financing