Jowls are the bulges of fat and lax skin that hang below your jawline on either side of your mouth. They tend to become more prominent with age. As you grow older, you lose volume from your lower face and everything falls forward and down. Mid face sag compounds the problem of lower face sag, with a ‘double whammy’ effect, worsening the appearance of your Jowls.
There are a number of causes of the development of Jowls. Over time, we see age-related bony loss from your jawline, causing loss of structure and support in your lower face, which affects how your soft tissues project and drape. Furthermore, there are changes in your facial fat pads that are normally anchored to your skeleton by facial ligaments. Your midface fat pads shrink while your lower face fat pads grow and begin to droop around your mouth as your ligaments elongate. This is all compounded by the presence of loose skin, which allows for even greater sag. The end result is a ‘hang-dog’ look.
Addressing Jowls is complicated. It often requires treatment of both your lower face and mid face. Dr. Jodie understands this complexity and deals with the cause of your Jowls, not just the end effect.
Dr. Jodie believes the best approach is to use Dermal Fillers to subtly revolumise and project all areas of your lower face, from your ear to your chin, wherever there is deflation, taking care not to add to the bulge of the Jowl itself. This approach smooths out the entire area and pulls back on the bulging Jowls.
Midface sag should also be corrected using Dermal Fillers. This will minimise the amount of filler required to refresh your lower face and better balance the proportions of your face for a more natural look. Restoring the volume, contours and projection of your midface will ultimately improve your overall face shape and create an illusion of lift.
Early intervention is best. In cases where the Jowls have become more prominent, more invasive measures may be required. Dr. Jodie will work with you to consider all options and formulate a workable plan.
Dr. Jodie will first assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for Dermal Filler treatment. She will thoroughly clean your face and apply ice or administer local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure.
The first stage usually involves mid face restoration. With a combined cannula and direct needle technique, Dr. Jodie will administer Dermal Filler injections to your cheeks and tear troughs to create midface lift. For more information see Cheek Fillers and Tired Eyes.
The second stage involves lower face restoration. With the same technique, Dr. Jodie will administer Dermal Filler to your jawline and chin for structure and smooth the hollows around your mouth (buccal hollows), in front of your ear (pre-auricular hollows) and below your mouth (marionette hollows). For more information see Jawline Fillers, Chin Fillers and Marionette Lines.
These treatments may be separated in time or done together, depending on your preference. More often than not, your treatment will be staged so as not to overwhelm you, especially if you are a 'newbie' to cosmetic treatments.
By taking a whole face approach, your result will be more natural looking, with all parts of your lower face ‘blended’ into one another for a smoother, better outcome. Recovery time is generally minimal, although you may experience some swelling and potentially bruising, so be sure to time your treatment appropriately with your social calendar.
Dr. Jodie takes a whole face approach to your treatment when addressing your Jowls. This is essential as multiple parts of your face age together in unison and contribute to the formation of Jowls. As your pattern of ageing is slightly different for everyone, Dr. Jodie will carefully assess your unique face to tailor a treatment plan just for you. The good news is she never simply follows trends or delivers a ‘cookie cutter’ or ‘one size fits all’ approach. Her bespoke treatments mean that you get just the right amount of Dermal Filler in just the right place for your face and the outcome is always natural looking.
The presence of Jowls can add years to your face. Dr. Jodie is experienced in the treatment of Jowls and can help you refresh your appearance. Her aim is always to provide natural looking results, not over-filled or bloated faces. By staging her treatment to involve midface lift followed by lower face lift, you will achieve a more flattering face shape that is increasingly oval or heart-shaped. Inexperienced clinicians, who address only the lower face, risk creating a bottom-heavy or ‘boxy’ look, which is never flattering. It is important to understand that this staged process may require a greater volume of product to recreate the right facial structure and contours, but anything less will be sub-optimal. If all parts of the face are ageing, then a natural looking result requires that all parts are addressed, and this is particular so with the treatment of Jowls.
From the comfort of her welcoming Melbourne clinic, you can feel reassured that Dr. Jodie is the right cosmetic doctor to treat your Jowls. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Jodie has worked with and trained under some of Melbourne’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. She is a national clinical trainer for a leading pharmaceutical supplier of cosmetic injectables and regularly teaches other doctors, specialists and nurses the know-how of injecting. With her background in family medicine, she will prioritise your health as much as your outcome. She has extended appointment times to allow for clear explanations prior and carefully administered treatments. You can feel confident that Dr. Jodie will always give you your best result.