What’s the Best Treatment for Sagging Jowls?


Loose skin along your jawline can be one of the earliest signs of aging, and many people find themselves the appearance of jowls long before they are ready. While non-surgical treatments can firm and tighten mild skin laxity, the best treatment for sagging jowls is a surgical procedure.

What Causes Sagging Jowls?

While aging is the most obvious cause of jowls, it is not the only one. As you age, skin loses firmness due to collagen loss. At the same time, volume loss allows skin to sag downward. Thanks to gravity, that excess skin makes its appearance in your lower face. Genetics plays a role for many people, and weight changes can also contribute. 

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What’s the Best Treatment for Sagging Jowls?

The best way to address your sagging jowls depends on how much skin laxity you have. People who are just starting to develop laxity along the jawline can try non-surgical options such as laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments can be very effective in tightening mild to moderate loose skin, especially for younger individuals. 

If you have noticeably sagging skin, you will not usually see your desired results without a surgical procedure. Depending on your needs, Dr. Rankin at NorCal Plastic Surgery may recommend a facelift or a neck lift. In many cases, these two procedures are combined for maximum results. This combination is especially effective for treating loose jowls. 

How Does a Facelift or Neck Lift Treat Sagging Jowls?

Dr. Rankin customizes each facelift and neck lift procedure for each person’s needs, including neck bands, submental fat, and lines and wrinkles. During the procedure, he tightens the skin while lifting and restoring the underlying layers for a rejuvenated, natural look. Combining a facelift and neck lift often provides the most effective option for sagging jowls because it lets Dr. Rankin achieve your tightest, most sculpted results. 

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What is Recovery Like After a Facelift or Neck Lift?

The most common effects after a facelift or neck lift are discomfort, swelling, and bruising. While the details depend on the type of procedure you have, your team will provide you with instructions to guide you through recovery. Pain medication is prescribed, and most people see improvements in swelling and soreness after the first week or two. You may be able to return to work after about two weeks and your full range of activities in four to eight weeks. 

Am I a Candidate for Sagging Jowl Treatment?

If you are a healthy adult with bothersome jowls, a facelift or neck lift might be your best solution. Ideal candidates for these procedures have reasonable expectations and understand the risks and benefits. Candidates want to address moderate to severe sagging jowls and other issues with the neck, lower face, or both. 

the doctor Rankin was a great choice, an excellent doctor and professional, he followed the whole process of recovery from breast augmentation, and it was amazing, I will always recommend him with great confidence because I know he is excellent.
Jaiane P.

Next Step

If you are interested in how to treat sagging jowls, please reach out to our qualified staff to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Walnut Creek and Greenbrae. Give us a call at (925) 397-5486 or fill out our online form. Helping you achieve your cosmetic goals is an honor and a privilege at NorCal Plastic Surgery, proudly serving the East Bay, Marin County, and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We look forward to hearing from you.

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