A common complaint among many men and women is about sagging around the chin and jawline with early signs of jowls. The definitive fix for this problem is, of course, a surgical facelift. Toronto patients may already be aware that this involves repositioning and tightening the muscular underpinnings of the face and excision of excess skin. The remaining skin is re-draped and pulled taut. However, these days, many people can postpone facelift surgery for several years through the clever use of inflatables– and sometimes with the addition of skin-tightening technologies such as Thermage® and Exilis.
Many people already know that so-called “puppet lines” or “marionette lines” from mouth to the chin can be softened with the use of dermal fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®. Toronto patients will be interested to know, however, that judicious use of filler injections higher up in the cheek, close to the hairline, can sometimes provide an additional improvement to the appearance of the jawline and chin. When applied with a “roll and inject” technique in the lateral parts of the face, the filler can be used to pin or tack up sagging skin, providing support and augmenting the cheek area at the same time. Additional injections along the jawline itself, particularly in the pre-jowl sulcus, can further serve to smooth and straighten the contours of the jaw. Typically, this technique requires a minimum of 2 syringes of filler, and it may require 4 or more, depending on how much skin laxity is present. The effect lasts for many months, and if a touch-up is done at 8 to 10 months, the benefits may last as long as 2 years.
If you are interested in finding out more about injection techniques to improve the look of your lower face and jawline, call (905) 273-3045 and book a consultation.