What Causes Jowls to Form?
Collagen and elastin help the skin maintain its strength and elasticity. Yet, the natural aging process causes collagen and elastin loss. As the skin loses collagen and elastin, the cheek skin can sag, which can lead to jowls.
In addition, genetics can dictate whether an individual experiences jowls. An individual with a blood relative who experiences jowls is more susceptible than others to this problem. If an individual’s parents experience jowls at an early age, he or she could experience the same results, too.
Various environmental and lifestyle factors can also contribute to the formation of jowls. These factors include:
- Smoking: Smoking can narrow the blood vessels and make it difficult for skin to get the proteins it needs to stay healthy, which can increase the likelihood that jowls will form.
- Sun Exposure: Excess exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage collagen and increase a person’s risk of experiencing sagging skin and jowls.
- Weight Loss: Stretched skin can start to sag due to weight loss, resulting in jowls.
A jowl lift surgery or laser jowl lift can be used to treat jowls. To determine which jowl lift procedure is ideal, an individual should meet with Dr. Azizzadeh. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh can conduct a full evaluation and offer a personalized jowl treatment recommendation.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Jowl Lift Procedure?
Dr. Azizzadeh has a simple goal during a jowl treatment consultation: to help a patient identify the best way to correct jowls. To accomplish his goal, Dr. Azizzadeh assesses a patient’s jowls, along with the chin, jawline, and other facial features. Dr. Azizzadeh also reviews a patient’s medical history and finds out why this individual is considering a jowl lift procedure.
In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends jowl lift surgery. The procedure can be used to treat jowls and prevent them from recurring. Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends completing a jowl lift surgery in combination with a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures as well.
A non-surgical jowl lift can be performed if jowl lift surgery is deemed too risky for a patient or if a patient does not want to go under the knife. The non-surgical procedure is used to tighten the skin around the neck and chin, and it can be completed multiple times until a patient achieves the desired results. Plus, recovery time is usually minimal with a non-surgical jowl lift, and the procedure can be completed quickly.
As patients weigh the pros and cons of surgical and non-surgical jowl lifts, Dr. Azizzadeh can offer insights into both treatment options. Dr. Azizzadeh is globally recognized for his expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery, and he is happy to share his knowledge with jowl lift patients. If a patient decides to pursue a jowl lift procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh then crafts a custom plan to accommodate this individual’s treatment goals.
Schedule a Jowl Lift Treatment Consultation
Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with an individual to provide details about surgical and non-surgical jowl lift treatment options. To schedule a jowl lift treatment consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.