For many people, the presence of sagging jowls negatively impacts their aesthetic appearance, since it develops in the highly visible area between the chin and jawline. However, with the advancement of new technologies in aesthetic medicine, it’s possible to treat sagging jowls without undergoing surgery.
The Morpheus8 treatment is often recommended for patients who wish to get rid of their jowls and restore definition to their jawline. It is a signature cosmetic treatment at The Rae Clinic London, with Clinical Director Prof. Ali Ghanem being a key opinion leader for the advanced Morpheus8 technology and the first UK-based clinician to have performed the treatment.
What are jowls?
Jowls are the excess skin and fat that develops in the area between the chin and jawline. The appearance of jowls causes the jawline to become less defined and distorts the proportionality of the face and neck. Jowls are formed through a gradual process that occurs as the skin in the area becomes increasingly lax due to a lack of collagen and elastin, which are compounds that tighten the skin and help retain its shape.
What causes jowls?
The most common causes of jowls are as follows:
- Genetics: in some families, jowls begin to develop as early as in the teenage years or into the twenties.
- Ageing: the ageing process is accompanied by a loss of collagen and elastin which causes an increase in skin laxity.
- Weight: when weight is lost in the face, it can result in an excess of skin that deflates and sags into jowls; when weight is gained in the face, the excess fat accumulates beneath the chin and the skin stretches downwards to accommodate it, thus creating jowls.
- Sun damage: the ultraviolet rays from the sunlight can destroy the skin’s collagen, which as a result increases skin laxity and leads to saggy skin.
Morpheus8 for Jowls
Morpheus8 is a noninvasive procedure that can tighten the skin and reshape facial contours, thus making it the perfect treatment for reducing the appearance of jowls.
What is Morpheus8?
Morpheus8 is a radio-frequency (RF) micro-needling technology that when injected into a targeted area of the skin, stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, which in turn produces skin-tightening effects. The device contains 24 needles which can be varied in depth to treat different areas of the face and body. A depth of 3mm will be used to treat the area between the chin and jawline, where jowls occur.
When treating jowls, the RF heat emitted from the Morpheus8 device will create micro-injuries in the skin layers of the area. This process will trigger a healing response from the body, which will result in the production of collagen and elastin. This in turn will tighten the skin and remodel the layers of fat that were causing the jowls in order to restore a smooth and sculpted jawline.
The exact cost of the treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated, which will be determined during your initial consultation. In general, one session for treating the area of the jowls will cost between £750 to £1100.
The skin in the treated area will feel immediately tighter following the treatment. However, since the production of collagen is an ongoing process, the full extent of the results will be visible 4-6 weeks after the treatment.
Furthermore, you can expect the results of the treatment to last between 3-5 years, which will be dependent on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes limiting sun exposure and curbing alcohol and smoking habits.
Morpheus8 Before and After
The recovery time following a Morphesus8 treatment session varies between each patient and is dependent on the depth of the treatment. In general, when treating jowls, where the microneedles are 3mm in depth, the recovery time is usually around five days. During this time, post-treatment side-effects such as redness, swelling, possible minor bruising, and the marks from the needles will gradually dissipate.
How many Morpheus8 treatments do you need?
Significant benefits from the Morpheus8 treatment can be achieved from the very first session. However, three treatments are recommended in order to achieve optimal results.
Surgical Treatments for Sagging Jowls
Rhytidectomy, commonly called a facelift, is a surgical procedure that removes or reduces sagging skin in areas of the face and neck, such as the jowls. A mini facelift is usually sufficient when treating jowls. This is a minimally invasive procedure, whereby the surgeon is able to tighten the soft facial tissue causing the jowls through a small incision in front of the ear.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that addresses skin laxity underneath the chin and along the neck. It is usually performed to treat what is commonly called a ‘turkey neck’, where the neck appears wrinkled due to the development of excess skin. However, it can also eliminate jowls in the surrounding area. The surgery will involve small incisions that allow the surgeon to remove any excess skin and fat from under the chin and neck and tighten the neck muscles.
Suction-assisted lipectomy, commonly called liposuction, is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate pockets of fat in the face or body that are resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure is performed using the PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction) device which allows for fatty tissue to be easily removed by inserting a suction tube into the targeted area. The device can be applied to the neck and jawline in order to eliminate jowls.
Other Non-surgical Treatments for Sagging Jowls
FaceTite is a minimally invasive treatment that utilises RF energy in order to treat saggy skin around the face and neck. The RF energy is able to heat the collagen in the skin so that it contracts and tightens the layers of skin and reduces pockets of excess fat in a targeted area.
Unlike other RF based treatments, FaceTite is able to apply the RF energy into the deeper sub-dermal layers of the skin through a tiny incision in the targeted area. This allows the tissue to be heated at a higher controlled temperature which allows for a more drastic contouring effect.
FaceTite uses a similar technology to Morpheus8. However, FaceTite involves a longer recovery period and is more expensive in comparison to Morpheus8. At The Rae Clinic, patients who undergo a facetite procedure are offered a free Morpheus8 treatment for better visible results.
Dermal fillers can be used to treat mild to moderate jowls. Since jowls are often caused by the skin and pockets of fat sagging downwards, it gives a hollow appearance to the lower face. Therefore, fillers can counteract the appearance of jowls by restoring the lost volume and lifting the skin in the areas of the chin, jawline, and pre-jowl. However, in comparison to other treatments, fillers have a shorter longevity, having to be repeated every 12-18 month in order to maintain results.
Endolift is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser technology in order to tone, firm, and remodel areas of the skin. It is performed by inserting a single optical microfibre that is as thin as a human hair into a targeted area of the skin such as the jowls.
The heat from the laser waves are able to dissolve small pockets of excess fat deposits and stimulate the production of collagen, which as a result can reduce the appearance of jowls by tightening and sculpting the skin in the area. Furthermore, endolift is able to remodel the superficial and deeper layers of the skin since the laser energy is delivered into the superficial hypodermis (the layer of tissue underneath the skin).