Jowls are the unsightly areas of sagging skin below your chin or jawline. Most of us will develop them to some degree as we age. It happens over time as our skin becomes thinner and less elastic; jowls begin to appear as we naturally produce less collagen and elastin and the fat pads in our cheeks become thinner and slip downwards. Collagen is a key protein that makes up the connective tissues in our bodies. Elastin is another connective tissue protein that lets your skin return to its normal shape even after being stretched.
As we age we make less of these key proteins so the cheek skin surrounding your mouth loses its former firmness and tightness. The result of this laxity is that gravity causes the skin to sag and droop to the area on either side of your mouth and chin. In the past, many people turned to surgery to address their sagging jowls but in these modern times, we generally try to avoid the more invasive options that require long downtime and carry risks of infection. So what are some of the best ways to reduce jowls without surgery?
The Best Options To Reduce Jowls Without Surgery
The great news is that there are many ways to reduce the appearance of jowling and to restore your former beautifully chiselled jawline. At PHI Clinic we offer several options as we encourage each patient to choose a treatment that is perfect for them as an individual.
Dermal fillers are designed to even out fine lines and wrinkles, smooth crepey skin and give a more youthful aspect. Here at PHI we only use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers; HA is a natural ingredient that is also produced by the body, and like collagen it diminishes as we age. Dermal fillers are a popular means of restoring volume to one’s facial structure and the high levels of hyaluronic acid in the fillers have the effect of attracting and retaining water, instantly improving the skin’s appearance and texture by restoring its former natural plumpness.
Dr Tapan Patel is the medical director of PHI and he has adopted the most advanced 8 Point Lift technique using HA-based dermal filler, this method is a holistic approach to ageing; the 8 point lift improves all areas of concern including lifting the jowls, accentuating the cheeks and lightening a sunken brow. Although this is a formulated technique, every treatment is based on the individual as each and every patient has a unique face. In a full face dermal filler treatment, our doctors can often achieve significantly better results when applied in conjunction with wrinkle relaxing injections.
If a patient chooses to improve their jowl area with injectables we usually recommend softening and streamlining the area, and one of the best techniques for this is jawline slimming with Botox®. Botox®, is an effective, non-surgical solution to smooth the silhouette, reduce tension in the masseter muscles, and reduce the size of the jawline.
Muscle relaxing injections are a temporary measure to reduce the amount we work the muscles in the treated area. The treatment takes around half an hour to perform, and results last between 3-4 months, depending on the individual. Dermal fillers can be effective for longer periods of time and you can expect to see their effects anywhere between 18-24 months. While these treatments can have dramatic effects, our aim at PHI is always to enhance and restore your natural beauty, rather than to achieve harsh or unnatural results.
Coolsculpting and Ultraformer To Reduce Jowls Without Surgery
The neck area is vitally important when it comes to addressing jowls, as when the skin begins to sag and becomes crepey around the neck and jaw area it can impact on your overall facial appearance. The neck is one of the first areas of our bodies where noticeable signs of ageing appear. In fact, non-surgical neck lifting procedures have become some of the most popular anti-ageing treatments globally.
Coolsculpting Mini is a non-surgical procedure offered by PHI Clinic as a neck lifting option. Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis to remove fat cells from specific parts of the body, and in this case, the Coolsculpting mini applicator targets submental fat under the chin. Removing unwanted fat by sculpting and contouring for a more defined neck area after just two treatments, results will be visible with minimal downtime.
Another one of our most popular non-surgical, non-invasive solutions for neck lifting is Ultraformer treatment. Ultraformer is the first FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment that lifts the neck using ultrasound. It targets the deep tissue below the skin which is usually addressed during a surgical procedure. Ultraformer boosts collagen production and the natural healing process without damaging any of the surface skin. There is also no downtime after the treatment and you can resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure. Results are sometimes immediate, but the rebuilding process continues over time, and you should see full and clear results within 90 days.
Secret RF - Skin tightening
Another tool in the PHI armoury to reduce jowls without surgery is one of our latest treatments, the Secret RF. The Secret RF can be used to help mimic the production of collagen by using radio frequency alongside a micro-needling system to coagulate the blood and create haemostasis. In other words, the blood becomes a little thicker and replicates the same action as collagen within the body. When the coagulated blood remains in the treated area, you’ll find that fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent and sagging skin is lifted, refreshed and revitalised.
This therapy is unique in that it can create a range of different frequencies to better suit the area of treatment, as well as the skin type of the individual receiving the session. It can also reach different depths within the layers of the skin, allowing for a much more effective response, even within challenging skin. Treatments can take as little as twenty minutes and there is very minimal downtime. Results can be seen in as little as one session, but the optimal number of sessions required will be discussed with you during your consultation. For most people, this is usually three to four treatments, although you will likely see the results after the second treatment and continue to witness an improvement anywhere up to three months after the first session.
Why Reduce Jowls Without Surgery At PHI?
At PHI Clinic we see each and every person as unique, therefore no two people are treated the same. PHI is home to an international team of the most respected and talented cosmetic doctors and clinicians and we specialise in non-invasive cosmetic treatments like jowling, sagging skin and facial rejuvenation.
We believe in creating comfort and providing an outstanding service for all our patients in a calm and serene professional environment. We strive for the highest standards, which is reflected in our innovative range of treatments and the superiority of our clinicians and products. For a consultation, please call our friendly team directly on 02070345999 or learn more about our treatments by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.