Three Ways to Address Those Jowls
- Posted on: May 15 2020
There are many irritating things about getting older. Skiing the Baldy Chutes doesn’t seem like much fun anymore. Riding the wood roller coaster at Lagoon now makes your neck hurt. You can’t eat everything in sight at the Utah State Fair, unless you want to pay for it later. And who let this loose sagging skin develop under our collective chins? The dreaded jowls. Just about everyone over the age of 40 has this problem to some degree, and it is universally despised.
At Dr. Jensen’s we have three options for doing something about it: Kybella, CoolMini, or liposuction.
Kybella is basically deoxycholic acid. In the body, the job of deoxycholic acid is to aid in the breakdown of dietary fat. When you stop at the In-N-Out Burger by the Ogden Country Club, it’s deoxycholic acid you’re counting on to go after all the fat you’re eating.
The makers of Kybella figured out that deoxycholic acid doesn’t care where the fat it targets came from — it simply goes after it and breaks it down. They theorized that if deoxycholic acid was injected under the chin, where fat has accumulated and contributes to the sagging jowls, the deoxycholic acid would get to work. And so it does. And Kybella was born. When Dr. Jensen injects Kybella into your jowls, the deoxycholic acid breaks down the fat it finds, dramatically slimming your profile.
Everyone has heard of CoolSculpting, the non-invasive procedure where fat cells are frozen, die, and are then flushed from the body. CoolSculpting came about after two Harvard scientists were studying the development of dimples in children who ate lots of popsicles. They theorized that the cold was somehow affecting the fat in the area creating dimples (where there is little fat over the underlying muscle).
CoolSculpting was the result. The scientists discovered that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the surrounding skin and muscle tissue. CoolSculpting delivers controlled cooling down into the treatment areas, and the fat cells freeze but the rest of the tissue remains undamaged. CoolSculpting permanently removes around 22% of the fat in the treated areas.
The problem was always dealing with small areas, such as the jowls or bra line fat. CoolSculpting’s original cooling panels were relatively large. CoolMini was the answer. Its applicator is much smaller; it’s perfect for areas such as the jowls. It freezes and removes the fat under your chin, tightening your profile.
The third option for removing fat under the chin is with targeted liposuction. Dr. Jensen takes a very thin cannula and suctions out the unwanted fat of the jowls, slimming the profile. Liposuction continues to evolve into more and more finely targeted offerings, such as the jowls. There is no scarring and the results are permanent.
Interested in slimming your profile and saying goodbye to your jowls? Call Dr. Jensen at (385) 424-4567 and set up a consultation to see how best to regain your profile.