Question: I have sagging jowls and as I get older and it gets worse. I’m a 48-year-old male and would like this to be taken care of. Can you please explain if I need a full face or mini or standard facelift and what is the difference. I really feel that the only thing I need fixed is my jowls.
Answer: It is best to make an accurate diagnosis of the appearance of the jowls and what is the degree of sagging that is present. If the degree is severe and there are other changes, the most effective approach may be a facelift. In general a mini facelift or a shorter facelift incision may not be able to fix the jowl line as you would like. Also, combined with these techniques are procedures which address the adipose fat tissue which is under the chin and which may increase as a patient ages. This can be removed and the underlying muscle can be tightened to improve this. Also, in general, a slight change in the jowl line may be able to be achieved with injectable techniques to smooth out these areas. The best way to determine what is the most effective option for you to achieve aesthetic goals is to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon.