The jowls are the lower part of the cheek, close to either side of the mouth. Unfortunately, this part of the face tends to sag noticeably with age. This is due to the skin losing elasticity and the cheeks losing tissue volume, as well as a natural loss in muscle strength. Surgical jowl-lifts have long been the only option for restoring this part of the face, but now there is no need for this cosmetic surgery; non-surgical jowl-lift is available through injectable fillers.
Non-Surgical Jowl-Lift With Radiesse
Radiesse is a cosmetic filler derived from calcium hydroxyapatite, a compound found in human bones and cartilage. Once injected it synthesizes the formation of new collagen and uses the surrounding tissue to build a structural layer which will support this new collagen. This not only rejuvenates and adds volume to the tissue, but also physically lifts the saggy skin.
Because of its firm and supportive consistency within the tissue, Radiesse may also be used as a treatment for chin augmentation and cheek lift. It lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
Non-Surgical Jowl-Lift with Restylane
Restylane is derived from hyaluronic acid, which is also found naturally in the human body, but in the tendons, muscles, and joints. This injectable filler is a thinner consistency than Radiesse and is typically used for less severe cases, since it acts as more of a volume plumper and doesn’t offer the extensive structural support that Radiesse offers.
Once injected into the recipient site, Restylane binds with the collagen and elastin in the skin and also hydrates the affected tissue by binding with water molecules. It also promotes the manufacture of new collagen. Restylane is protein-free and thus tends to proffer little chance of allergic reaction.
Restylane is also used as a treatment for lines and wrinkles on the face and lasts about 4 months.
Safety With Non-Surgical Jowl-Lift
This procedure is generally safe and minimally invasive, but should always and only be performed by a licensed physician. Side effects may include pain, swelling, bruising, numbness, and tingling. Allergic reactions to Radiesse or Restylane may occur, but are extremely rare.