It’s inevitable, as we age, our faces are the first areas of the body to begin showing the telltale signs of years of stress, fatigue, and the effects of natural elements on our skin, and since this is the area that people focus on most in day-to-day interactions, it stands to reason why so many people are going to great lengths to slow down this aging process.
Diet and exercise can help keep our bodies looking young and in good condition. This approach, however, isn’t quite as effective at combating the fatty deposits that begin to develop in the lower face as we age. The natural aging process causes the skin to grow progressively lax and other essential structural components of the face to degrade. This allows the descent of facial fat to the lower region of the face and the accumulation of fatty deposits in the following regions.
This fat is stubborn, and often unresponsive to a steady exercise regimen and good nutrition. The migration of excess, fatty tissue toward the “lower third” can begin to have an adverse effect on our facial image over time, creating the appearance of:
- Drooping jowls
- Double chin
- Neck laxity (“Turkey Neck”)
Since these localized, fatty deposits cannot be targeted or eliminated by diet and exercise alone, many men and women turn to facial plastic surgery. Facial liposuction, when done carefully by an expert, can help remove this excess fat from the neck and jowls, effectively restoring a more contoured jaw line.
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Neck and Jowl Liposuction
For many patients, liposuction of the neck and jowls can produce a significant improvement in the contour of the neck and jaw area. This procedure is clinically one of the most rewarding procedures in cosmetic surgery. Considered to be a low-risk and relatively inexpensive procedure, neck and jowl liposuction can yield dramatic results that prove to be extremely beneficial to the patient.
Often, jowl and neck liposuction is performed in conjunction with a mini facelift to achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. It may also be combined with a chin implant for added definition of a weak or receding chin. Chin implants are custom-fitted for each individual patient and can often be inserted during a neck liposuction procedure through the same incisions.