One of the many signs of aging is face jowls and while everyone eventually gets them, we often field a lot of questions about them.
So here, we address some of the most frequently asked questions.
Jowls are the sagging skin below your chin or jawline that appear as your skin becomes thinner and less elastic over time. They may be less pronounced in people who have thicker, fattier skin, or have more collagen in the area below the cheeks and chin.
There are a few factors that contribute to the presence of jowls. They are …
Loss of elastin and collagen. Over time, the skin in your cheeks and jawline lose much of their collagen and elastin and once this happens, gravity causes them to sag on either side of your mouth and chin.
Genetics. Your genetics can also determine whether or not you develop jowls. Further, if you naturally have thin skin or limited collagen and elastin, you may start to notice them.
Environmental and lifestyle factors including:
- Facial expressions
- Weight loss
- Sun exposure
- Using computers or phones
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
While some develop due to factors out of your control, there’s plenty you can do to help prevent them from developing, such as …
Avoid smoking. Cigarettes can damage collagen and elastin, and can also cause your blood vessels to become narrow.
Limit your exposure to the sun. Apply sunscreen to your face and neck every day before heading out.
Limit your screen time. Try to keep your head at a natural angle when using a computer or phone to keep your neck skin from getting bunched up or stretched out.
There are a variety of techniques available to get rid of jowls, and they range by invasiveness.
Non-Invasive Techniques: If non-invasive techniques are performed correctly and frequently, the results should last a couple of years.
Fillers. Fillers in front of the jowls can camouflage them as they begin to form.
BOTOX®. BOTOX® can help as face jowl lines begin to form by disguising the lines.
Invasive Technique: There does come a point after non-invasive options are exhausted, however, when a facelift is the best treatment.
Facelift: There are many variations of jowl-reduction surgery, but facelifts are the most natural-appearing and cost-effective approach as it tightens and elevates the skin to address the jawline and neck.
Face jowls are often the reason many patients seek facelifts as it often proves the best way to achieve a long-lasting, youthful appearance. But with so many invasive and non-invasive options available, contact the experienced professionals at Youthful Reflections today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your options and decide which jowl treatment is right for you.
6 Things You Didn’t Know About BOTOX®
According to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of the 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2016, the number-one minimally invasive procedure was Botulinum Toxin Type A – known more commonly as BOTOX® – with 7 million procedures performed, up 4 percent from 2015.
And it’s no surprise why BOTOX® injections have become the most popular cosmetic procedure.
And while most people know by now that BOTOX® is particularly useful in treating lines and wrinkles in the face that usually appear as part of the aging process, it still continues to inspire confusion.
So how can you be sure it’s right for you? Here we’ll continue to demystify BOTOX® with a few things you may not have already known about this popular age-defying procedure
1. Does BOTOX® Prevent Wrinkles?
A resounding YES! BOTOX® can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s feet. Further, BOTOX® can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the ‘pin-cushion’ appearance of some chins, and soften smoker’s lines around the mouth and vertical neck cords.
2. When Should I Consider BOTOX®?
If you begin to notice any of the following, it may be a good time to consider BOTOX®:
- Deep lines between your eyes, otherwise known as the number-11 lines
- Facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead
- Asymmetry in your eyebrows or face
3. Am I A Good Candidate for BOTOX®?
Generally speaking, if you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are likely a good candidate for BOTOX®.
4. What Can BOTOX® Treat?
Many may not realize that BOTOX® is very versatile and has many uses and applications. Here is a list of both cosmetic and medical conditions that BOTOX® can help treat:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Facial asymmetry
- Muscle spasticity
- Eyelid spasms
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
- Chronic migraines
- Cervical dystonia
- Movement disorders
- Crossed or lazy eye
5. What Are Common Side Effects?
Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping in the frown lines studies and 1 percent of patients experienced eyelid swelling in the crow’s feet studies. Other possible side effects include dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes, and allergic reactions.
6. Will BOTOX® Make Me Look Frozen?
BOTOX® is a technique-sensitive treatment so while you should not lose the ability to show expression, it’s important to be treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy.