What Is The Best Way To get Rid Of My Sagging Jowls?

Q: I am 45 years old and have been frustrated with the appearance of my jowl area.  I  am interested in improving that part of my face.  I want to learn more.  What is the recovery/healing time?   Can anything go wrong during procedure? Thanks

A: Sagging of the jowl area is a natural part of aging and is often the first area of the face to fall. Provided that the neck is not also sagging, and it often isn’t early on, a modified or limited type of facelifting procedure is used. Known by a variety of branded and marketed names, which imply rapid recoveries and minimal interruption in your lifestyle, it is a jowlift or a mini-facelift. Because it is a scaled down version of a facelift, it is a much shorter procedure to undergo and the recovery is likewise much quicker…like in the one week range. Recovery in this limited type of facelift is largely social in how one appears. (bruising, swelling) Other than the typical surgical risks of bleeding, infection and adverse scarring, there is nothing else that can go wrong of any significance. None of these risks have I ever seen in this jowl lift procedure.

The good thing about this jowl lift operation is that it is a solution that is well matched to the size of the problem. Jowling is a relatively minor facial aging issue and therefore it does not need a major operation  for its improvement.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana