Jowl Lift Before and After
A jowl lift is a plastic surgery procedure concerned with the lower part of a person’s cheek or jaw especially fleshy, saggy drooping skin often called a chicken neck. The removal of jowl skin and saggy flesh leaves the skin looking tighter and firmer and less aged. Jowl lift surgery is usually considered a mini face lift if the whole face or upper face isn’t operated on. Although sagging skin can appear anywhere on the face, it is usually most prominent in the neck area. Because aging skin loses its elasticity it beings to develop wrinkles and starts heading toward the floor. You could also have drooping jowls if you’ve recently undergone weight loss and your skin hasn’t settled back in place.
You may look in the mirror one day and just think to yourself “when did I start looking this old” or “why do I look fat”? It could just be that loose neck skin that’s making you look older and fatter than you really are. Unfortunately, you can’t really hide jowls with makeup or pretty necklaces. Perhaps you could get away with it if you wear scarves all the time, but even then the skin can fold over the scarf and you’re caught out! There are non-surgical skin tightening treatments such as a laser neck lift, however these won’t help if the droop is excessive. The only procedure that’s really going to remove that slackness is to cut off the excess skin and tighten it back up again.
Before and after photo
Jeanie gets her jowl lift at age 52. The jowl lift makes her look much younger with the removal of saggy excess skin.
Naturally reducing your jowls
By far the best method is to lose weight naturally. If you have already lost a considerable amount of weight and have jowls then it will be difficult for you to get rid of them. There is an exercise you can try daily to help tighten the skin where the jowls are and this is to lie on a table or bed and put a one pound weight on your forehead and then do lifting exercises with it, apparently it works and is an exercise advised by several beauty day spas. If your jowls are a result of aging and you can’t lose much weight to help then you will most likely have no other choice than to have a face lift or mini face lift plastic surgery procedure done.
Before jowl lift surgery
Having a chicken neck is very unsightly and it’s naturally common to want to reduce the effects of saggy skin. Getting jowls is surely a genetic (hereditary) problem and you may not entirely be to blame for your problem, if one of your parents has major jowls you will surely be at risk from getting them. Before you get jowls you should consider losing weight at a steady pace and not lose it too quick or you will get jowls for sure especially if there is a loss of collagen in your skin. While on a mission to lose weight you can help avoid getting jowls if you use creams on the facial area especially your neck and lower cheeks. Try staying out of the sun and always use sunscreen to prevent damaging your skin and developing jowls.
Can any make-up disguise skin sag?
The simple answer is “no”, no matter how sophisticated a product is it will not reduce your jowls.
At what age do you start getting jowls?
If you are genetically prone to getting jowls than you will usually get them around the age of 40 to 50’s but some people never get jowls or until they reach the age of 90 years of age where it is impossible to still have the same amount of skin elasticity. If you have lost weight very quickly you could get them in your mid-twenties if the problem is severe. Jowls often start off with a double chin and if you put on lots of weight and lose it you will most likely get jowls in your mid 30’s or later.
What treatments are there?
Creams – Use theses from a young age to promote the amount of collagen in your skin, this helps you from getting jowls later on.
Exercises – Facial exercises help get rid of wrinkles and sagging jowls and help prevent loose skin. You should aim at improving facial muscles to tighten your overall facial skin.
Yoga – Yoga is also a proven method for helping reduce the effects of jowls.
Mini face lift – A mini face lift is enough to remove your jowls and you do not require a full face lift unless you wish to fix up the upper part of your face also.
Full face lift – A very costly procedure a full face lift will reduce your saggy skin on your whole face and lower jawline.
After a jowl lift
There will be discomfort following the surgery for a few weeks. After surgery the surgery staff will monitor you and give you frequent home calls to see how you are doing and advise you if you should come in for a check-up as soon as possible. Upon full recovery you will be discharged from the clinic. You won’t be able to drive yourself home after the surgery and should find a friend or relative to do that for you. Face lift after care is vital to a full complete recovery. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medication to help alleviate pain following the face lift and you should take it as directed and not overdo it.
If you feel you are still in a considerable amount of pain you should talk to your doctor about it and he should increase your prescription no worries. Make sure you read the instruction of your pain medication so you are aware of any side effects and activities you should avoid whilst being on medication. You should keep your head elevated above your heart especially when sleeping as this will help reduce the amount of swelling to your face. Try minimizing the amount of facial movement for a few weeks while your skin and face heals. You may feel your face is numb for a few days following surgery. Numbness is usually completely gone following a few months after jowl surgery. Your plastic surgeon will request to meet you a few times following your operation for a regular check-up. A few appointments will be targeted at removing stitches, clips, sutures and drains. Missing an appointment can be damaging to your recovery and you should aim at scheduling these appointments when you are able to get there
The average cost is approximately $9,000 (ranging between $6,600 and $12,000) including surgeon fees, anesthesia and operating room costs. Many surgeons offer combined treatments such as the neck and jowls (which adds another $1,000), the neck, jowls and midface (an additional $2,000). You could even add a brow lift to this for further $1,000.
I am 57 years old. Reaching the fifties was a turning point in my life. I could feel every part of my body beginning to age and I wasn’t about to let it get me down. I decided to get my neck and jowls lifted to perk my face up a little. It really made me look a lot younger and I got so many compliments from my family, friends and colleagues. My surgeon did a great job. Now I’m considering getting the top part of my face done, or maybe even some fillers or Botox. I don’t really want to be the face of plastic surgery, but just want a nice natural change.
Submitted by Ronda on March 22, 2012
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Lakisha’s jowl lift also makes her look much younger. The plastic surgeon did a great job with minimal scarring. The after photo was taken two months later.
Tabatha’s jowl lift was a success with a minimum amount of scars. Her surgeon did an awesome job. The after photo was taken three and a half weeks after surgery.
Loraine’s jowl lift makes her look many years younger. The surgeon did a spectacular job. The after photo was taken a month and a half later.
Mallory’s jowl lift was a success. The after photo was taken a month later.
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