The number-one cause of sagging jowls (the lower cheek and jaw areas on either side of the mouth) is natural aging. This jowling effect often causes men and women to look tired or sad. As the skin around the mouth and along the jawline becomes more lax, it creates the appearance of a double chin and makes people look older than they really are.
To address this facial aging, many men and women come to us asking about facelift surgery at our Brentwood practice. As we often tell our patients from Nashville, Franklin, and beyond, facelift surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. There are many ways to lift sagging skin and wrinkled necks, and our less invasive Reflection Lift is often the best choice.
Why does your face sag as you get older?
As you age, your face starts drooping partly because the skin loses vital proteins, known as collagen and elastin, that work to keep it firm and smooth. How does the body lose these essential proteins? The body slows collagen production as you age, or may also stop producing elastin after puberty.
This loss allows gravity to affect the shape of the face. Eventually, the facial and neck skins will naturally pull down and cause the sagging because of the presence of fewer proteins to keep the skin firm.
How can I tighten loose skin on my face?
Many patients with sagging jowls and neck opt for a Level III Reflection Lift with Dr. Boggess. The revolutionary Reflection Lift is his own unique approach to a less invasive facelift, and you can learn more about it in this related blog post.
Specifically, a Level III repairs moderate to severe sagging in the jowls and neck to erase 5-10 years off facial appearances. This procedure involves a SMAS facelift in combination with tightening of the platysma muscle in the midline of the neck and liposculpting of the face and neck, as needed. In some cases, we may also recommend eyelid surgery to address sagging eyelids or fat transfer to restore youthful fullness to the face.
In general, facelift surgery has a high satisfaction rate, with 95% reporting that it was worth it to RealSelf.
Benefits of a Reflection Lift
- Reflection Lifts are performed in-office with light sedation and local anesthesia. No hospital visit is necessary, although we provide that option if you’d like.
- Due to its conservative approach, Reflection Lift patients are at a reduced risk for complications.
- Many Reflection Lift patients are back to their normal routine within 1-2 weeks without visible signs of surgery.
- With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Boggess customizes each Reflection Lift to the individual needs and desired outcome of each patient.
You can see some of our patients’ excellent facelift results in our before-and-after photo gallery.