Although some of the first signs of aging we notice are typically the lines and wrinkles that become etched in our faces over time from normal facial expressions like smiling, laughing, frowning, and squinting, these wrinkles are often less of a concern than some changes that start shortly thereafter. For men and women alike, the chin and jaw often begin to show signs of softening fairly early on in middle age, as collagen production slows down and the skin loses elasticity and firmness. Over time, loose, sagging skin, and accumulated fat in this area can lead to problems like a “double chin”, wobbly jowls, and a generally soft and unstructured chin and jaw line. Fortunately there are now several cosmetic procedures that can help tighten and sculpt the chin and jaw line for a more youthful appearance.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical
When it comes to anti-aging treatments, there are two basic options: surgical and non-surgical procedures. Naturally, it would be ideal if all procedures could produce dramatic results with no downtime, but the reality is that non-surgical treatments usually result in more subtle improvements than cosmetic surgery, which can have dramatic, long-lasting effects, but requires more downtime. Depending on your goals and lifestyle, you will want to make the choice between the two types of procedure.
Pelleve is a gentle treatment that uses radiowave technology to stimulate collagen production in the face, producing mild to moderate tightening of the facial skin and reduction in wrinkling. Pelleve treatments are non-invasive, requiring no downtime, and the procedure itself takes only about an hour to complete. Skin tightens gradually over a period of months as collagen production picks up.
Plasma & Laser Treatments
Skin resurfacing treatments, plasma and laser treatments are excellent options for improving several signs of aging at once. Using plasma spray or traditional skin lasers, the old skin cells are carefully destroyed by heating the deep layers of skin and stimulating new skin cells and collagen to form. Because of the peeling process that occurs during recovery, resurfacing treatments require some downtime, but the results can be impressive, and skin tightening can continue for 6 months or more.
Focusing only on the area beneath the chin, a submental platysmaplasty is a “mini lift” is a good solution for patients who are concerned only with fullness under the chin. A small incision under the chin is used to access the muscles in the area, which are tightened to help regain youthful contour. This procedure is often combined with facial liposuction or a jaw implant for comprehensive results.
Though it can be a standalone procedure, facial liposuction is most often combined with other anti-aging procedures, especially in the chin and neck area. Many people are bothered by a “double chin”, when fat accumulates beneath the chin, and facial liposuction can be a good solution to this problem, especially when combined with a submental platysmaplasty to tighten the muscles in the area.
Facial augmentation with implants can create a more defined profile and make up for a naturally “weak” chin or jaw. If an implant is part of an anti-aging treatment, it is usually best combined with other procedures to rejuvenate and recontour the chin and jaw.
Benefits of Chin & Jaw Tightening
Chin and jaw tightening procedures are a growing trend in plastic surgery, especially among men. A strong, defined jawline tends to influence the unconscious opinions of others, especially when it comes to first impressions. Many men are choosing plastic surgery of the jaw to look more youthful and confident in the workplace, or to improve their dating outlook. Besides the obvious physical benefits of chin and jaw tightening, people often experience emotional benefits that enhance other areas of their lives in a positive way, with the results of surgery prompting a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
If you are interested in learning more about chin and jaw tightening procedures, then it is time to seek the help of an expert. Everyone ages at a different rate, and only a board certified facial plastic surgeon can assist you in designing a procedure to suit your specific needs. If you are ready to regain a smooth and tight chin and jaw line, consider a consultation with Boston-area expert Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover is a board certified, renowned facial plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in helping patients tailor anti-aging solutions that work for their specific needs. For more information, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, call either location today to set up your appointment today.