Jowl Thread Lifts- What You Need To Know
At The Treatment Rooms London, we have been providing jowl thread lifts to patients across London and internationally. Being one of the most popular treatments, we wanted to write more about the procedure.
What is a jowl?
A jowl is the drooping bit of skin and fat on your jawline. It is mainly caused by the fatty tissue in your face moving downwards as you age. In the end, the appearance of a jowl can make you look sad, tired and older.
In the before picture above you can see a clear sag in the jawline caused by skin and fat. This is a typical jowl.
How are jowls treated?
Before thread lifts were introduced, the main treatments available to combat the problem were dermal fillers or a surgical face lift.
Using dermal fillers placed on the cheek bone and in the chin together with the angle of the jaw, you can “conceal” a jowl. The treatment works because:
- Filler in the cheek bone helps to lift the skin and muscle in the face up. This helps to lift the jowl up too
- Filler in the chin and jawline angle stretches the skin and fat across the jowl and helps to define the jawline
However, there comes a point when you cannot place more filler without looking unnatural. Secondly, in some patients the jowl has sagged so much that using fillers would not make any difference. This is where a jowl thread lift works best. If you were looking to have a procedure that had less downtime than a surgical face lift the best treatment option for your jowls is a thread lift.
What is a jowl thread lift?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive treatment. By placing a thread under the skin and into the fat tissue we can pull these threads up to lift skin and fat. The thread is the same material used in surgery to stitch wounds and at The Treatment Rooms London we use polydioxanone (PDO) threads. These threads have small tags on them that help to latch onto skin and fat so when the thread is pulled up, the skin and fat are pulled up too.
A jowl thread lift is a treatment that places these threads across your jawline. The threads are pulled up to lift the jowl up the face and remove it sagging across the jawline. This results in a defined natural jaw. At The Treatment Rooms we often combine the treatment with a dermal filler placed in the pre-jowl area. This means your jaw is not only defined but has a natural contour that suits your face after a thread lift.
In the video above you will see a jowl thread lift in action performed by one of The Treatment Rooms’ Doctors. You will see the PDO thread being placed across the jawline eventually tied and tightened to lift the jowl.
What happens after?
After the treatment you may have a bit of swelling and bruising but you can go back to your daily activities. We recommend you don’t eat any chewy foods for 7-10 days and don’t exercise for 5 days. Any pain you may feel should be mild and can be managed with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
Is it painful?
At The Treatment Rooms London, we use local anaesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any sharp pain. You may feel a bit of tugging and pulling during the procedure and this is normal.
Some before and after photos of jowl thread lifts
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