Loose, sagging skin is one of the telltale signs of facial aging. One of the facial areas that commonly accumulates loose, sagging skin over time is the jawline. Also known as face jowls, these bags of skin tend to sag lower than the jaw, often obscuring the jawline and lower facial region.

Trusted Portland facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Magilke has treated hundreds of men and women who desire a more youthful and elegant jawline and neck. Here, he discusses the top treatments for losing the jowls.

How Do Jowls Form?

Jowls can be a result of genetics and environmental factors, like overexposure to the sun and smoking. The most common cause of jowls is the loss of elasticity and collagen (proteins responsible for the skin’s firm and elastic quality) over time. As these proteins deteriorate, the skin loosens and muscle tone is lost. Jowls can also be a result of weight fluctuations; the skin stretches when you gain weight and cannot “snap back” should you lose weight. This leads to a saggy and undefined lower facial region.

Treating Jowls

There are several treatment options available for getting rid of jowls. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical option that involves injecting volume directly to the jawline to add noticeable definition. Dermal fillers are best for patients who have minor jowls and sagging skin. Botox is a neurotoxin that, when injected directly in the masseter muscles of the face, can slim the overall facial shape and create a slightly more “V” like shape. Both dermal fillers and Botox provide temporary results.

If you are seeking longer-lasting results, neck lift may be a more suitable option. Through carefully placed incisions, Dr. Magilke tightens and lifts sagging tissues along the jaw, underneath the chin and on the neck to create a more youthful lower facial region. If needed, the doctor can perform liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Or, he can perform Kybella, an injectable treatment that destroys fat cells underneath the chin, without surgery or downtime.

Explore Your Treatment Options with Portland Face Doctor

Dr. Magilke is happy to discuss your treatment options for a youthful and more elegant neck and jawline during an in-office consultation. To schedule an appointment, contact Portland Face Doctor by calling (503) 297-6511 today.