Understanding Jowls and Procedures
One of the most troubling developments for many people is the formation of jowls. Jowls are defined as the lower part of the cheek in a person or animal. The term is used especially when that lower portion starts to hang down below the jawline. Until recently, the only real cosmetic surgery fix for jowls was a face lift Los Angeles.
Facelifts are an invasive and very involved surgery. In most facelifts, two flaps of skin are cut and pulled back taut. The surgery involved has a long recovery time and a risk of serious complications. Pain, drainage, swelling and bruising can all be expected. Facelifts require fairly involved aftercare and lots of follow-up visits. For a long time, candidates for saggy neck surgery Los Angeles were desperate for better options.
By about 2016, there were newer, less invasive options available for people who wanted to eliminate their jowls and double chins. One of the most popular is a thread lift. Thread lifts take just 45 minutes. They involve using medical-grade suture material with barbs. Typically, the thread is inserted at three points in the cheek. When it’s pulled up, the threads also lift the jowls. This has become one of the most popular procedures in the world of Los Angeles facial cosmetic surgery.
Minimally Invasive Solutions
Thread lifts have been around since the 1990s. But recent improvements in technology have made them more popular overall. Many patients also like the more natural results from a thread lift. After a thread lift, people look like a more refreshed version of themselves. For some people, the results of a facelift look too “done.” Not everyone is a fan of obvious plastic surgeries. Thread lifts can be a wonderful compromise for patients who want to improve the appearance of their jawlines, but don’t want a drastic change.
The materials used in thread lifts are designed to dissolve. After about seven months, the threads will be gone. However, the threads themselves can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Whenever something is inserted into the skin, the tissue will start to produce more proteins to try and heal the area. This is great news for thread lift patients.
Collagen and elastin are proteins that add structure to the skin. Collagen is the most common protein in the skin. It’s usually found in tandem with elastin. Together, these proteins keep the skin looking springy and supple. Collagen and elastin keep the skin strong and uplifted. Typically, the body produces less of these with time as people age. Thread lifts can help to reverse this problem.
The Results of a Jowl Lift
The results of jowl lifts have a very naturalistic look. They usually last about one to three years. Many times, in addition to lifting the cheeks, they also benefit patients by reducing the appearance of marionette lines. This is a great additional perk. After a jowl lift, patients will look younger, fresher and more energetic. They finally feel like their insides and outsides match again. It’s a very effective, minimally invasive mini facial lift surgery Los Angeles.
The results are different from a full face lift. Typically, a full face lift Los Angeles can take about ten to fifteen years off the appearance. It will also last for about ten years. So there is a difference in the results. But thread lift patients who experience good results are usually happy to have the procedure a second time. Thread lifts offer natural-looking results at a much lower cost and with a shorter recovery time than a traditional face lift.
Because jowl lifts are so quick and simple, it’s very possible to combine them with other cosmetic procedures. Sometimes, people have a neck lift in Los Angeles at the same time as their mini facial lifts. Neck lifts remove excess fat and skin in order to provide people with a more youthful experience. And even after recovery from a thread lift and neck lift Los Angeles, it can be a good idea to consider other small, noninvasive procedures.
One example of this is ultherapy. As the name suggests, this therapy uses ultrasound. Pulses from the ultrasound cause the lower levels of the skin to heat up. This is another way of stimulating the collagen and elastin fibers in the face to assist with tightening the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is also a great complementary procedure to consider after recovering from a thread lift.
Dr. Aynehchi at Westside Face is a leader in the world of Los Angeles facial cosmetic surgery. He’s very experienced in performing facial lift surgery Los Angeles. He holds two certifications in facial surgeries. One is in plastic surgery, and the other is in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgeries. After helping thousands of patients, Dr. Aynehchi has earned his reputation for being great at saggy neck surgery Los Angeles.