My jowls are so ageing – what can I do?

turkey-399304_960_720As we age, the cheek muscles lose form and begin to droop and the nasolabial crease deepens. Furthermore, the effects of gravity, sun damage and general ageing causes the skin to lose its elasticity and it is therefore less able to act as shape and support to the underlying tissues.

For some people, the overall sagging combines with an accumulation of fat along the jawline and under the chin to create jowls. These can make a person look tired, world weary – and older. Can surgery help?

Will a facelift get rid of my jowls?

When patients present at Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Milton Keynes facelift clinic, the jawline is often cited as an area of dissatisfaction; after all, a well-defined jaw is a classic feature of youth and beauty.

After examining your face and neck and discussing your objectives, Mr Ghosh will assess your suitability for a facelift and explain the best approach to achieve your goals. A facelift usually entails an incision around the hairline and in front of the ears and back around the ear lobe, allowing the surgeon to access the facial muscles.

Once your surgeon has completed work to the muscles and removed excess fat, they will suture the skin so that it is lifted upwards and backwards, giving a smoother finish to the face. The tauter skin, restored cheek volume and clearer jawline all combine to rejuvenate the face.

When will I see the final results?

Most patients are impatient to remove the bandages to see the improvements their facelift has brought about. Before your surgery, Milton Keynes surgeon Mr Ghosh will talk you through what happens in the immediate aftermath, and how you will have swelling and bruising for the first week or two.

After this, the most significant of the swelling will have dissipated – but subtle changes will continue to occur as the muscles settle, and it will be four to six months before you can appreciate the final results.

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