Cosmetic facelift surgery is used to treat jowls on men and women. Jowls are fleshy areas of skin and fat that form along the jawline as a result of sagging facial tissues of the lower face and neck, which is commonly caused by the effects of gravity, aging, and skin laxity. While some patients with signs of early jowling may opt for nonsurgical methods such as facial fillers to treat jowls, cosmetic facelift surgery – such as the SMAS and deep plane facelift procedures – typically provides the most effective and longest-lasting results.

SMAS Facelift

Facial tissues are arranged in layers. The SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer consists of fat and connective tissues, and provides support to the skin above and the facial muscle below. An SMAS facelift, which addresses the lower two thirds of the face, involves repositioning and tightening the SMAS layer to a higher, more youthful position on the face and trimming excess skin. The result is lifted cheeks and a more defined jaw line. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep place facelift is a type of SMAS cosmetic facelift surgery, because it involves the repositioning of the SMAS layer. However, a deeper portion of the SMAS layer is accessed and tightened, which means other hard-to-treat issues such as nasolabial folds may be more accurately addressed.

It’s important to remember that cosmetic facelift surgery to treat jowls should be specifically tailored to an individual’s unique facial structure.  For this reason, patients should consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has extensive experience performing facial plastic surgery, and can recommend the procedure(s) that will provide the best overall results. Sometimes a combination of the SMAS and deep plane facelift procedures are recommended to most effectively treat jowls.

When Tampa residents seek cosmetic facelift surgery from a surgeon they can trust to expertly treat their jowls and other signs of aging, they turn to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald has extensive experience performing different types of facial plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures, including blepharoplasty, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, and more. We also offer Botox ® injections and other facial fillers.

Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199 for more information.