Jowls are caused by the loss of volume in the subcutaneous layer of skin and fat.
This loss is most common in older adults after many years of natural aging, but it can also occur in younger adults who have excess weight around their neck area.
Here, we discuss some of the procedures and treatments for sagging jowls.
1. Choose products with hyaluronic acid
One of the most effective ways to combat sagging jowls is by incorporating products formulated with hyaluronic acid into your skincare regimen.
Hyaluronic acid, known as nature’s moisturizer, can benefit all skin types. It’s a humectant; it attracts and holds moisture in and can help keep your skin hydrated, plump, and youthful-looking.
When applied topically, it absorbs moisture from the air, helping the skin to maintain a healthy moisture balance.
The concentration of hyaluronic acid in anti-aging products varies from product to product, so you may have to experiment with several brands before finding one that works well for you.
However, many women find that products containing high concentrations of hyaluronic acid provide the best results for them.
2. Consider CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure that permanently destroys fat cells. When you get CoolSculpting, one of our providers will first apply gel pads and an applicator to the target area.
The applicator then delivers cooling energy by freezing the underlying fat cells until they crystallize and die. After your CoolSculpting procedure, you won’t be able to feel these dead cells in your body.
While many people see noticeable results after just one treatment session, it can take between three to four months for full effects to appear.
One benefit of this gradual approach is that it gives your skin time to naturally smooth out after the treated fat cells have died off. This natural process helps ensure that results look and feel as organic as possible.
In addition to being non-invasive, CoolSculpting results are completely natural-looking and lasting. In fact, studies show that CoolSculpting provides visible, measurable fat reduction in carefully selected patients up to six months after treatment.
3. Research on Kybella
Kybella is a non-invasive treatment that uses an injectable form of deoxycholic acid to break down fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated from your body.
A physician administers Kybella in the office by injecting it into target areas, such as under the chin. Most people don’t need more than two or three treatments to achieve their desired results.
Kybella works best on those who have good skin elasticity and have sagging jowls due to excess fat. If you’re dealing with loose skin or are looking into aesthetic surgery, you may want to explore your other options first.
4. Incorporate vitamin A or retinol into your skincare routine
Adding a retinol or vitamin A-derivative is also an excellent anti-aging jowls treatment.
Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, has been shown to help increase collagen production and thicken the deeper layer of skin where wrinkles begin to form.
It reverses sun damage and fine lines and helps the skin retain moisture. This ingredient is often used in over-the-counter products for sensitive skin, but it can be irritating for some users (so test on a small area of your arm first).
If you have any pre-existing skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or eczema, consult with your dermatologist before trying retinol as an anti-aging jowl treatment.
5. Set a laser treatment appointment
Laser skin resurfacing is a good treatment for sagging jowls, but it’s not without its downsides. As an invasive treatment option, it can be both expensive and uncomfortable.
But laser treatments are also very effective at tightening skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some benefits are:
- Your jowls will appear firmer and sag less.
- Your face will look more youthful in general.
- You’ll have access to all of the other benefits that come with having smooth skin, like better makeup application or less need for expensive concealers.
Laser treatment may not be right for everyone, but if you’re willing to put in the time and money, laser treatments can be very effective.
6. Take advantage of fillers
If skin tightening isn’t quite enough for your needs, taking things a step further with dermal fillers may be the way to go.
Fillers help restore the volume that has been lost due to age and gravity, providing a more youthful look without surgery. They can also completely reshape facial features for a personalized result that’s just right for you.
Be sure to find a qualified doctor who is experienced in using fillers of all kinds. Injections are done in the doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure and don’t require any special preparation or downtime afterward.
Depending on your goals, fillers can be used both in the upper face (such as chasing away pesky under-eye bags) and lower face (for re-plumping jowls).
They’re also effective at treating cheek areas, which tend to lose volume sooner than other parts of the face during aging.
If you want to get the most out of your treatment, combining fillers with skin tightening can be very effective—especially if you’re hoping to avoid surgery altogether!
7. Consider liposuction or a facelift
Liposuction is a great option for a patient who doesn’t have excess skin. The procedure removes fat from the neck area, making it look more youthful and tight.
This reduces wrinkles and folds in your facial skin.
If you’re considering any of these treatments, be sure to exercise caution before proceeding with the procedures.
It’s important to get professional advice before starting any of these treatments so that you can understand the risks involved as well as the potential benefits of each treatment.