How can I firm up my sagging jowls without surgery?

July 2015

How can I firm up my sagging jowls without surgery?

In my practice, I hear this question a lot. In fact, I remember looking in the mirror and asking how I can prevent this in my future. Being "a little cheeky" is part of my personality, but "jowls" are really not my style! Not to worry though, I have a formula for success, and I'm about to share it with you.

As we age, we deal with a number of beauty problems our younger selves never imagined. Wrinkles, age spots and, yes, those sagging jowls. Our bodies naturally produce proteins called collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and smooth. As time goes by, that production slows and the result is sagging of our cheeks and in the jaw. And that not only makes you look older, it literally changes the shape of your face.

As with many health and skincare issues, genetics and environmental factors play a part, but there are several things you can do to proactively tighten and smooth the skin in this area.

First on the list is effective, scientifically proven (or science-based) care for our skin. Quality skincare products – like the Trufora line – have active ingredients in concentrations that effect positive changes in the collagen-laden dermal layer of the skin. Formulated with other ingredients like bio-retinols, plant-based enzymes, Vitamins E and C, antioxidants, peptides, minerals and botanical agents, these products can safely and reliably boost skin vitality. Of course, success also depends on you making healthful, helpful lifestyle choices. Drink enough water, avoid excessive sun exposure, get enough sleep, reduce stress and don’t smoke. Needless to say (I hope!) paying constant attention to your diet and exercise are the other "musts" for preserving supple, elastic, radiantly beautiful skin.

Want to take it to the next level? Due to popular demand, we've incorporated Ultherapy skin tightening in my practice, along with your science-based, anti-aging skincare. Touted as the celebrity secret go-to treatment to prevent and treat skin laxity that occurs over time (and ultimately prevent or delay the need for a surgical facelift), Ultherapy non-surgical skin tightening is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, face and chest.

Looking great? It is a battle, but is one that can be won with education, dedication and execution of a skincare maintenance plan, or formula, which I have helped devise and outlined above.

Make the commitment, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better you look.

Many YEARS to you!
Fran Cook-Bolden, MD


Ready to firm up and revitalize your skin? Good news: 85% of the visible signs of skin aging can be addressed effectively and safely - without surgery - with clinically proven anti-aging skincare products formulated the right way, with the right ingredients.

The Trufora line is formulated with medical-grade active ingredients that promote elasticity, lifting, tightening, and toning skin, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Trufora is dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, and free from parabens, sulfates, detergents, fragrance, DEA/TEA/MEA, PEGs, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, chemical sunscreens, formaldehyde donors, endocrine disruptors, animal-derived ingredients and animal testing.