Losing volume in your face is a common cause of saggy skin, especially around your jawline and under your chin. If you’re unhappy or self-conscious about saggy jowls but aren’t ready for surgery, you might be a candidate for the nonsurgical cosmetic services available at Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics.
Board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, specializes in treating saggy jowls and other common side effects of aging. Dr. Bushore can customize a plan with dermal fillers to restore facial volume and minimize the appearance of slack skin around your mouth and jawline.
Saggy jowls are due to sagging skin and the descent of facial fat that occurs with aging. Another effect of the aging process is that the body doesn’t produce as much collagen and elastin, which are two proteins that help keep skin healthy. The loss of these proteins makes the skin less elastic and thinner, causing it to hang loosely around the face.
Not everyone is susceptible to jowls. Your environment and genetic background can increase your risk for developing them as you age. Saggy jowls can also be the result of lifestyle choices you make, such as smoking, unprotected sun exposure, and weight loss.
The facial expressions you make might also cause saggy jowls. Frequent facial expressions and movements can stretch out the skin on your face and neck.
If you spend a lot of time looking down at your computer or phone, your skin can also droop downward and make your jowls more pronounced.
Fillers are only used to address areas of lost volume. They don’t do any lifting. So, the only true way to correct jowls is with a surgical face/neck lift. However, if the jowls aren't too saggy, fillers can be used to help camouflage the jowls.
With this in mind, board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore can assess your jowls to see if fillers can help minimize their appearance. First, he uses his fingers to lift the skin to see what volume deficiencies are there, because overfilling to match saggy skin will not look normal or natural.
If Dr. Bushore thinks fillers can help camouflage your jowls, he injects fillers along your jawline, behind and in front of the jowl area, to help make them less noticeable. We offer several hyaluronic acid fillers, including Juvéderm® and Restylane®, which can help plump up and tighten skin around your jawline to minimize the appearance of saggy jowls.
If you have severe skin laxity that isn’t treatable with injections of dermal fillers, Dr. Bushore offers THE AUSTIN NATURAL LIFT™, which he discusses next.
THE AUSTIN NATURAL LIFT™ is a nonsurgical facelift procedure that requires no anesthesia or incisions. The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and you won’t need to fit any downtime into your schedule for recovery.
During this treatment, board-certified dermatologist David A. Bushore, MD, places a cannula under your skin and facial muscles. He then injects hyaluronic acid fillers into the area and uses his hands to sculpt and lift the treatment areas.
THE AUSTIN NATURAL LIFT™ can tighten your skin, minimize the look of saggy jowls, and accentuate your jawline. Furthermore, the hyaluronic acid will go on improving your appearance over the following weeks as it continues to help attract and retain moisture. Your improved facial contours can last two years or longer with a good skin care routine, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
To learn more about treatments that can banish your saggy jowls, call 512-459-4869 or book an appointment online with Balcones Dermatology & Aesthetics today.