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February 18, 2019 | Facelift, Neck Lift, Ultherapy®

What Jowls?


Jowls occur when there is a significant loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity in the middle and lower regions of the face. While the formation of jowls is an expected part of the aging process, they are definitely unwelcome. Jowls disrupt the defined, angular quality of the jawline and are often considered to be one of the most aging features. To combat the formation of jowls, PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery performs facelift and neck lift surgery as well as offering non-surgical treatment options.

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Contributing Factors

The formation of jowls is the result of a combination of factors, including:

  • Aging
  • Gravity
  • Genetics
  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Poor skin care
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Dehydration

Unfortunately, even proper skincare, sun protection, and a healthy lifestyle are not enough to stop jowls from forming. The loss of skin elasticity is a major cause of jowls, and skin elasticity is directly related to collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are naturally produced structural proteins that allow your skin to maintain its youthful vitality and glow. Adults naturally produce less of these vital proteins as they age, causing their skin to gradually weaken. When this occurs, facial skin and tissues become lax, and gravity does the rest.

Your Facelift and Neck Lift Option

Since some formation of jowls is inevitable, figuring out a way to treat them is just as important as trying to postpone their appearance. Jowls change the overall shape of your face and become more prominent as years go by. Since jowls are sagging skin and tissue, the obvious way to remove them is to restore the skin and tissue to their proper places. This is performed through a facelift and neck lift. During a facelift, your surgeon separates the skin from the underlying muscles before they are lifted and tightened. Excess skin is then trimmed away. Neck lift surgery addresses any remaining skin laxity to enhance the definition of your jawline. This process leads to a smoother and more youthful facial contour.

Non-Surgical Treatment

PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery also offers non-surgical treatment for patients who need only minor correction. Ulthera® uses focused ultrasound to penetrate deep layers of the skin and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. Patients will see continued improvement of their skin over two to three months. The procedure is quick, typically lasting between 30 and 60 minutes, and there is no downtime involved. This option is perfect for patients who wish to treat their jowls but who are not ready for surgery.

For more information about facelift or neck lift surgery, or to set up a consultation, contact PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery by calling (813) 400-1465 or by filling out our online contact form.

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