One of the most common problem areas that patients ask about is the cheek area. While facial cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery or rhinoplasty address specific facial features, many patients are unsure which cosmetic procedure will correct wrinkles, lines, and excess skin on the cheeks and nasolabial area. Jowls, which refer to drooping, excess skin on the jawline tend to form with age and are among common aesthetic concerns. In addition to wrinkles and folds, jowls can contribute to a heavier, older appearance. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein discusses which procedures can reduce the appearance of jowls and restore a younger, firmer look.
Since excess skin can hang below the jawline, many patients think necklift surgery will correct the appearance of jowls. Necklifts are designed to tighten neck muscles and remove excess fat, which resolves the “double chin” appearance and may improve the appearance of jowls. However, facelift and mid-facelift procedures will directly target jowls and other signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening remaining skin, and removing or repositioning fat. For patients who do not want the downtime of a comprehensive facelift or have only minimal concerns to address, mid-facelifts are a mini facelift option that directly targets the cheekbones and nasolabial area to eliminate jowls and smooth wrinkles and folds. These facial procedures restore long-lasting, natural results for a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
In addition to a mini facelift, Dr. Burstein provides minimally invasive facial rejuvenation options for patients with minimal signs of aging. One of the new plastic surgery technologies Dr. Burstein offers is FDA-approved Ultherapy® non-surgical skin tightening, which uses ultrasound energy to heat deep facial tissue to lift and firm slack areas on the face and neck by stimulating collagen regrowth. For patients who are looking to restore lost volume in the cheeks or nasolabial area, Dr. Burstein also offers facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®, which are composed of natural substances to improve the signs of aging on the cheeks, nose, and mouth. These procedures are all FDA-approved and require little to no downtime. However, unlike surgical cosmetic procedures that provide long lasting results, these options may require follow-up treatments to maintain results.
Each patient’s facial structural anatomy is unique, so it is important to discuss your cosmetic goals and needs during an in-person consultation. If you are interested in improving the appearance of jowls or other facial aesthetic concerns, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive surgery news.