Which Is Better For My Jowls, Exilis Treatments Or A Jowl Lift?

Q: Dr. Eppley, are there any good non-surgical treatments for sagging jowls. I am 56 years old and my neck isn’t too bad. But my jowls make me look like I have a bulldog face. I am not afraid of surgery but am worried about the cost and the recovery.

A: Jowling is always a major facial aging concern for many people as they hit 50 years old and beyond. There are some reasonably good treatments for jowls which are device or energy-based approaches. My current preferred approach is Exilis. This is a treatment based on radiofrequency waves which heat up the jowl fat and skin. This causes some fat atrophy and skin tightening. It requires a series of treatments, at least four spaced two weeks apart, to get the best result. While not as effective as surgery, it can make a very visible difference in the right patient who jowls have not developed beyond what a non-surgical approach can treat. The most effective approach, however, is a jowl lift. Your concerns about recovery are excessive when it comes to this tuckup procedure as it is a quick turnaround from the procedure until you are back into your regular routinue. While sugery is never appealing if it can be avoided, solving the problem in a single setting of an hour’s time can change one’s perception of it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana