Sagging Jowls Treatment
The lower face is one of the first areas to show aging, particularly in the jowls. The area below the cheeks and along the jawline are the jowls, which can begin to sag and change as early as the age of 30. As you get older, the smile and marionette lines can become more pronounced, and the jaw definition softens, all part of sagging jowls. Treatment options can include everything from non-surgical fillers and skin tightening to a traditional facelift. One of the best cosmetic face solutions we offer at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery is the percutaneous facelift.
Sagging jowls change the overall appearance of the face. The lower face, chin and jaw begin to look heavier as the tissue sags with increased lines at the nasolabial fold and corners of the mouth. In addition, the midface contours change as the malar fat pad drops lower in the cheeks. The changes are small in the beginning but very noticeable to most people when they look in the mirror. Their face has lost its youthful firmness but may not have progressed to the point of requiring a full facelift.
Best Procedure for Sagging Neck and Jowls
Dr. John Anastasatos is a world-renowned plastic surgeon with exceptional skills in facial rejuvenation. For his patients in the early stages of facial aging, he offers less invasive procedures to firm the skin and tissue. The best procedure for sagging neck and jowls is his percutaneous facelift, which is a minimally invasive option that can lift and firm the midface, jowls, jawline and upper neck.
The percutaneous facelift is one of Dr. Anastasatos’ specialties. Unlike facelift surgery that requires an incision around the ear, a percutaneous facelift only requires a small 1.5-inch incision in the temporal area behind the hairline. A long needle is used to access the midface and jowl areas under the skin to perform the percutaneous lift. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and only takes about an hour. There is minimal recovery needed, as there is no bruising and limited swelling – most people can return to work and other activities in about two to three days.
Benefits of a Percutaneous Facelift
Sagging jowl treatment can be completed with a percutaneous facelift at our clinic in Beverly Hills. Dr. Anastasatos often recommends this procedure to his patients in their thirties or forties that still have good skin elasticity but are beginning to see slight jowl and neck sagging. The benefits of a percutaneous facelift can include:
- No general anesthesia is needed, reducing risk for the patient
- No visible scars
- The cheeks are slightly elevated with improved prominence for a youthful midface contour
- The chin, upper neck and jawline show improved definition
- Smile and marionette lines are diminished
- Minimizes tear troughs and eye bags by lifting and projecting the cheeks
- Quick recovery – you can have this procedure over a weekend and return to work
Not only can a percutaneous facelift be the first line of defense for sagging jowls, but it can also be used to touch up a previous facelift. While it is not the best choice for everyone, it can be a minimally invasive option for those who do not want to undergo a more invasive facelift procedure.
If a sagging neck or jowls and loss of volume in your cheeks are making you appear older, but you’re not ready for a full facelift, a percutaneous facelift could be your best option. To learn more about the no-scar percutaneous facelift for sagging jowls offered by Dr. Anastasatos, contact Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation.