If you have ever sat down to hear Grandma or Grandpa tell stories, you may have heard the term “long in the tooth.” This phrase was an adage that was commonly stated when referring to an older individual. A person could be long in the tooth, exhibiting longer teeth as a result of gum recession. We don’t speak of such things today. Fortunately, modern dentistry has solutions that help people keep their teeth, and their gums, longer. As age affects the face, though, elongation is a prominent concern that arises.
Could you imagine if we began to refer to an older person as “long in the face?” Let’s just not. Instead, let’s look at what happens when we age, and what we can do about no matter how severe this drooping has become.
We’re talking about jowls, those pockets of skin and fatty tissue that seem to develop with extraordinary speed once we notice them. Jowls form along the jawline not because we have miraculously gained with in this area. The additional tissue that falls here had to come from somewhere; it came from the cheeks.
When collagen depletion progresses, the fat pads that round out the cheekbones slip and flatten. This volume loss degrades the foundation for the skin and superficial tissues. As this worsens, tissue from the cheeks down drops, landing squarely along the jaw.
Looking for Solutions
Jowls are a common concern. We cannot get around that completely, other than to learn how to promote healthy collagen as we age. In our Park Avenue office, several solutions can be found. These include:
- Radiofrequency skin tightening treatments. We use ThermiSmooth and Pelleve.
- BBL light treatments (said to help you age in reverse).
- Laser skin resurfacing.
- Dermal fillers to add volume to the cheeks, thus lifting the jawline.
- Minimally-invasive techniques such as the Silhouette Instalift.
- The surgical facelift was focusing on the mid-face.
Dr. Paul Lorenc is extensively trained and has refined his personal surgical techniques to give each patient the authentic beauty that naturally lives within. Learn more about facial rejuvenating procedures at (212) 472-2900.