Saving face

Saving face

As we age, our imperfections turn into multi-layered problems which cannot be addressed by a single modality treatment. Usually at the first visit to an aesthetic doctor, Botox to the upper face is recommended and usually performed in the initial consultation and treatments to the lower part of the face never recommended. The ageing process that most women are concerned with is the jowls yet the majority of aesthetic doctors are not addressing this problem adequately. Most women still believe that the only option for treating this problem is surgery.

How does Botox injected around the jawline prevent the gradual sagging process?

Loss of collagen, the effects of gravity and the predominance of the jawline depressor muscles cause the skin on the jaw line to sag. When we are younger, the jaw line has natural elevators. As we age, the dynamics change and the jaw line depressor muscles take over which combined with gravity cause a gradual sagging of our jaw line. If we can keep the dynamics between the jaw line elevators and depressors balanced with strategically placed Botox injections, then the sagging of jaw line can be reduced over time.

Now with the advent of skin tightening devices such as Titan there has been a major advance in treating this problem. Virtually any patient in their thirties or above can be a candidate for a little tightening and firming of the jowls and cheeks and the younger the patient the better the result.

How does Titan improve sagging around the jaw line?

The natural ageing process, along with sun damage, causes collagen fibres to stretch and loosen like worn rubber hands, resulting in less elastic skin that eventually droops. Titan tackles this problem by delivering infrared light deep into the dermis, the inner layer of skin where collagen resides, and prompting the collagen to repair itself. The light works in two ways: It heats up the weak collagen, causing it to immediately contract and thickens, and it also creates micro-injuries to the dermis, encouraging it to produce new collagen over a period of months. The result is a smoother, tighter, more toned look that occurs naturally.

As combination treatments work best, Botox combined with a Titan treatment to the jaw line can actually slow or prevent the skin from sagging later on in life. The new concept today is to start with jaw line rejuvenation treatments early so as to avoid or postpone surgical solutions for as long as possible. Rather than waiting until their problems are bothersome again, patients must appreciate that maintenance goes a long way and Titan and jaw line Botox treatments should be repeated once or twice a year.

Sharon Izak Elaine
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