The Jawline and the Jowls


“Sagging Jowls” are caused by drooping of the mid face and loss of definition of the jawline as a result of age and loss of collagen. Whilst a traditional facelift can address some of these concerns, surgery designed to lift the lower face alone can often be more effective.


Ribbon Lift

Absorbable Endotine Ribbons are inserted through a surgical procedure underneath the muscles of the lower face and jowls and attached to the tissues around the bones both in front of or behind the ear or using a combination of both techniques. The ribbons, which dissolve over a period of time, leave scarring in the areas of the attachment, resulting in a long lasting lift of these areas which has a natural appearance. As the muscles themselves are lifted, this effect is quite pronounced and jowling is often minimised, restoring a more youthful appearance with the greater definition of the jawline.


This surgical procedure requires hospitalisation and general anaesthesia with a downtime of up to 6 weeks. The side effects of this treatment are similar to those encountered after facelifting.

Risks of Cosmetic Surgery


All surgical procedures carry risks. It’s important to be aware of common risks so you are able to weigh up the benefits, risks and limitations of the surgery.


This page outlines a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures for the jowl area. Specific surgeries will carry their specific risks and recovery time, so those will depend on the type of surgery performed.


General risks and complications of surgery can be found here. There may be complications that are not listed here and some lifestyle factors and medical conditions can cause greater risks.


Are there less invasive and non-surgical techniques to address the Jowl area?


For those who are averse to such an invasive procedure, thread lifting of this area is performed, but this time using only anchoring Aptos Threads which are long-lasting. Immobilisation of that part of the face following the procedure is imperative lest the threads give way and lose their tightening effect.


In the same way that dermal fillers can help definition of the jaw, Lipofilling in this area can be effective in defining the jaw as well.


Jaw tightening and jowling can be reduced using completely non-invasive techniques, which are collagen stimulants such as Thermage, eTwo Sublative and even Pellevé.


The effects after these treatments are not instantaneous but after a few months improvement is seen by all if compared to pre-operative photos.

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