It is not easy getting older. You start to notice that you are not able to recover as quickly as before, from injuries, exercise, and other physical tasks. Unfortunately, the cosmetic aspects of getting older can be just as frustrating as the physical limitations, especially when it comes to sagging skin. Sagging skin can be one of the most aging changes people go through, and a common area of concern is the jawline. Soft, sagging skin in the jawline is a telltale sign of age, and is often a source of insecurity for people. Fortunately, there are some ways to improve a sagging jawline, and the process does not necessarily have to be invasive. So what do you need to know about getting a tighter jawline?
What Causes a Soft Jawline?
As with many other signs of aging, the softening of the jawline has to do with a few different factors. First, the skin begins to produce less collagen with age. Collagen is an essential structural and connective protein that gives skin its firmness, resilience, and youth. Aging not only slows down the production of collagen, it also begins to break down existing collagen, worsening the problems of soft, sagging skin.
Aside from collagen, the musculature structures begin to weaken over time, and those under the chin start to get less supportive, allowing for a soft, “double chin” appearance with very little additional fat.
Finally, metabolism slows down over the years, and some people tend to store fat in their chin area. While this doesn’t contribute directly to a soft jaw, excess fat in the chin can produce the “double chin” appearance and make the jaw look even softer.
Why do People Seek Treatment?
There are many reasons someone might choose plastic surgery to improve their jawline. Sometimes, it is very difficult for middle aged and older people to stay competitive in the job market, especially when looking for work. These signs of aging can affect first impressions, and ultimately, hiring and meeting with clients.
Of course, the main reason people seek out a tighter jawline is for personal cosmetic reasons. It is not easy getting older, and slowing down signs of aging can make getting older a little more tolerable. Never underestimate the power of a healthy self esteem and confidence.
While most people think of a strong jawline as something only men are worried about, tightening of the chin and jaw area is something that can benefit anyone.
Whatever the reason, tightening of the jawline has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds over the last few years, prompting new trends and acceptance for plastic surgery.
Options for Improving Your Jawline
There are a few different options for tightening the jawline, and the procedure that is right for you depends entirely on your needs and lifestyle.
Surgical options for tightening the jawline include the submental platysmaplasty, which involves the tightening of the musculature just below the chin, with no skin removed. The neck lift is a more in-depth procedure that does tighten the skin, and may be more appropriate for some patients with more significant aging in the jaw area.
Pelleve is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that can be used to improve sagging skin and facial contour by stimulating collagen production. The treatment is completely non-invasive and very gentle, but it is only effective for patients with up to moderate skin sagging.
Not sure what option will be best for you? Do not be concerned—your surgeon will help you choose.
A Knowledgeable Plastic Surgeon
When it comes to facial rejuvenation, you want to be able to trust your provider completely. That is why it is so important to do your research and choose a knowledgeable, board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in various methods of jaw rejuvenation to help you reach your goals.
If you would like to speak with an expert facial plastic surgeon with decades of experience, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA and meet with Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is a face lift expert and a skilled Pelleve provider, winning the Ellman International award for his success with the procedure.