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How to Tighten Sagging Skin and Jowls at Home and in the Doctor’s Office

Jowls are one of the most frustrating – and inevitable – cosmetic issues associated with aging. Jowls can give your face a heavy, tired appearance, even if you’re healthy and in great shape. 

The best way to get rid of jowls is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can recommend either a surgical or non-surgical procedure to tighten your loose facial skin. If your jowls are very slight, however, you may be able to use specific exercises to tone your jawline. 

Why Do Jowls Form?

Jowls form due to a combination of collagen loss and the downward migration of facial fat pads. As we age, fatty deposits that used to support our cheeks descend into the lower face, where they add weight to pockets of loose skin along the jawline. Almost everyone develops jowls by age 70 and there’s no proven way to prevent them, though staying slim and avoiding sun exposure will delay their onset. 

How are Jowls Treated?

To treat jowls at home, you can try doing daily exercises to strengthen your neck and jaw muscles. Several times per day, open your mouth as wide as you can, then slowly close your teeth while keeping your neck muscles tensed. You can also grin, then move your head slowly up and down. (Repeat both exercises three to five times.) Be aware, however, that these exercises can take months to generate results, and there’s little scientific evidence to support their effectiveness. For most people, clinical treatments are the fastest, most reliable way to get rid of jowls.

At ART Plastic Surgery, we offer both surgical and non-surgical solutions for sagging facial skin. If you don’t feel ready for surgery, these non-surgical options can make significant improvements to your jowls:


 Ultherapy can treat mild to moderate signs of facial aging. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to precisely target areas affected by low collagen density, without making a single incision. This procedure gently heats dermal tissue to stimulate the production of new collagen, which firms the lower face and neck.


Thermitight uses radiofrequency energy to reach deep tissue layers, heating them without harming surrounding tissue. The heated tissue stimulates the body’s natural repair process, and the new collagen growth tightens loose skin. Because collagen continues to build after the initial stimulation, skin keeps tightening for months. 

Jawline Sculpting with Dermal Fillers

Excellent facial sculpting materials, dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a protein naturally found within the human body. Derived from natural elements, HA-based fillers won’t cause allergic reactions or any side effects. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the production of collagen, which firms and plumps skin. When used to shape the jaw, dermal fillers can fill the hollows lax skin creates while also tightening it. Sagging skin is tightened and filled . . . goodbye jowls! 

Surgical Jowl Treatment – The Facelift

To eliminate very heavy jowls and tighten hanging bands of neck skin, facelift surgery remains the best choice. During facelift surgery, our doctors carefully lift facial fat pads that have fallen over time, tighten sagging connective tissue, and remove excess skin, as needed. This operation dramatically firms the face and neck, and most facelift patients enjoy results that last ten years or longer. 

Arrange a Personal Aesthetic Consultation in Paramus, NJ

Are you tired of seeing sagging jowls when you look in the mirror? We can help you tone your jawline, with or without surgery: Contact our state-of-the-art clinic in Paramus, NJ to discuss your options for facial rejuvenation.

How to Tighten Sagging Skin and Jowls at Home and in the Doctor’s Office | ART Plastic Surgery


Are sagging jowls making you look older than you are? These simple treatments can give you your firm jawline back.