4th Jul 2024

How To Get Rid of Jowls with jowl lift surgery or non invasive treatments

Jowls are a common problem for many women and men, making them look older. They result from sagging facial muscles. As you age, the skin on your cheeks and beneath your jaw line loses some of its collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that makes up the connective tissue in your body. Elastin is another protein that allows your skin to get back to its typical shape even after being stretched out of place.

As your skin loses its collagen and elastin, it loses its plumpness and elasticity. When this occurs, it begins to hang and sag, because of gravity.

These facial changes can also become more apparent after weight gain, but they are most often associated with ageing. Your genetics can also determine how much you will be affected by jowls. If your parents both have jowls, you will be more likely to develop them too. If you naturally have thin skin or low levels of collagen and elastin, then you may be more likely to develop jowls.

Several cosmetic surgery and non-surgical options can help tighten up the skin and make you appear more youthful. Procedures include ultherapy, mini facelift, facelift, lower facelift or jowl lift surgeryfat grafting and neck lift which offer various benefits.

Jowls are not a medical concern and do not cause any physical harm. However, they can have a negative impact on your self-confidence. Luckily at Kensington Medical we have solutions to remove those sagging jowls on your face.

What can I do to reduce the risk of jowls?

Environmental and lifestyle factors can have an impact on jowls. And this is interesting as, contrary to ageing and genetic, we have a measure of control over these factors. They are as follows:

    • Being overweight, followed by weight loss: weight gain stretches out your skin but when you lose weight, your skin may not shrink back to its original size. As a result, weight loss sometimes accentuates the appearance of jowls.
    • Sun damage: overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can reduce the amount of collagen in your skin and cause it to sag.
    • Smoking: the chemicals found in cigarettes (such as nicotine) can damage and reduce the amount of elastin and collagen in your skin. Smoking can also cause your blood vessels to narrow which will limit blood flow to your skin and reduce the amount of nutrients and vitamins that your skin needs to stay healthy.
    • Screen time: spending long periods of time looking down at your computer or mobile phone screen can cause the skin around your neck to lose its elasticity and sag more.

Treatment options for jowls

Now comes the challenge—deciding which surgical procedure is best for you. Here's a little more information to help you choose. Depending on your age and the condition of your jowls, they can be non-surgical or involve surgery. When you're ready, our Kensington Medical facial surgeons can meet with you in an initial consultation to get you started on a journey to a newer, younger-looking you.

Ultherapy   |   Facelifts   |   Full Facelift   |   Mini Facelift   | Deep Plane Facelift  |  Lower Facelft or Jowl lift |   Fat Grafting

Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a cosmetic non-invasive treatment that works by lifting the brows and tightening loose skin on the neck and around the jawline. The primary advantage of Ultherapy is that it tightens the neck and jowl area of the face. This non-surgical option for jowl removal offers minor risk of infection and no downtime. We typically see results within two months after treatment.

Ultherapy offers minimal side effects compared to other cosmetic surgery methods that deal with skin tightening and facial sculpting. It's an entirely natural procedure, with rare risk of bruising or swelling.

This non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound energy focused on the affected area to stimulate the production of new collagen and tighten up loose skin. Although results are not apparent until three months after treatment, this method effectively reduces jowls. You should be able to keep the results for up to 12 to 18 months before needing another Ultherapy procedure. This does depend on the elasticity of your skin.

Patients will experience minimal discomfort during the treatment. Recovery time after the treatment is typically a couple of days, although this varies on a patient-to-patient basis.

Ultherapy treatments cost from £3,000. To find out more click here.

Full Facelift & Neck Lift, Deep Plane Facelift or Jowl lift

Facelifts are available for men and women who want a more youthful appearance. Recovery time varies but typically takes around two weeks before going back to work with restorative restrictions. In addition, facelifts offer several benefits, including tightening sagging skin on the cheeks, chin, jowl and neck.

A neck lift involves the surgeon tightening the skin and muscles around the neck area. In some cases, liposuction is carried out if there are also fatty deposits that need removing.

The cost for a full facelift starts from £9,100.

Deep Plane facelift addresses the deep structures beneath the skin called the deeper facial musculature. The surgical procedure involves repositioning and lifting the deeper tissues, resulting in a natural facelift. Prices start from £13,000. 

A jowl lift or lower face lift improves the appearance of the lower face by removing excess skin and tones up the underlying muscles. The surgery aims to create a more youthful appearance removing jowls and creating a stronger more defined jawline. Prices start from £7,600.

For more information to create a more youthful appearance by removing jowls, book a consultation with one of our surgeons at Kensington Medical. Contact us on 0204 551 4892 today to find out more.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift tightens wrinkles and softens deep folds around the nose to mouth and can also add lift around the jowl area. However, this does depend on the amount of skin laxity and sag. 

The primary benefit of this procedure is that we can complete it in an hour or less. Additional benefits include no incision beneath the chin and minimal scarring.

The mini facelift is the perfect cosmetic surgery method for busy individuals who can’t take lots of time off from work and need to return quickly. Recovery time takes about a week before returning to work. If you work at a desk, you can return to work in less time. You will be asked to avoid intensive workouts and similar activities while you heal.

While a mini facelift doesn't work for highly droopy skin or lax neck muscles, it can tighten up the jowls. The major drawback of this procedure is that it does not treat skin laxity or sagging skin around the neck because there are no incisions made in the lower face.

A mini facelift cost from £7,600. To find out more about a mini face lift for jowls click here.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting can help to improve jowls by increasing the volume and contour in the cheek area and therefore lifting the jowls and reducing the saggy skin. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves transferring fat cells from one part of the body to another. 

Fat grafting treatments are typically most beneficial for areas with a lack of volume, an indented cheek area or hollow cheek area. If however there is a larger jowl area or skin laxity is strong, an alternative might be recommended. 

Some side effects include bruising and swelling; however, these typically diminish after a few weeks.

For best results, patients should have fat grafting treatments in multiple sessions. Our expert Plastic Surgeons will explain the best option for you based on your facial structure, volume loss and skin laxity. Results typically take around three months before they are visible. Sometimes, patients may undergo fat grafts simultaneously with other treatments, such as a face lift.

Fat grafting costs from £2,750.


As you can see from the information listed above, there are several treatments you can have to get rid of jowls. While sagging jowls are a natural part of the ageing process, this does not mean that they have to be a permanent fixture on your face. If you are looking for a way to get rid of jowls and prevent their return, consider one of these options.

Our expert Medical Team:

Mr David Gateley Consultant Plastic Surgeon, GMC 2939470, MA FRCS, FRCS (Plast)

Mr Amir Sadri Consultant Plastic Surgoen, GMC 6163656, FRCS (Plast)

Mr Paul Tulley Consultant Plastic Surgeon, GMC: 4035952 | BSc MB BS MD FRCS(Plas)

To book a consultation with Kensington Medical, contact us today at 0204 551 492 or fill in our contact form and we can get back to you.  

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