5 Signs You Might Be Ready for a Facelift

5 Signs You Might Be Ready for a Facelift | RefinedMD, Los Gatos

5 Signs You Might Be Ready for a Facelift

A facelift is often one of the first facial plastic surgeries many people consider, but few people know what this surgery entails. RefinedMD offers both surgical and non-surgical solutions for all of your anti-aging goals. A full facelift (or mini lift) actually only lifts the lower half of the face and neck, which typically aren’t the first areas you see signs of aging. Eyelid lifts, either upper or lower, are actually more commonly recommended for younger clients because this is where lines, wrinkles, and sagging occur first. A brow lift can help with sagging or droopy brows. Of course, you can also combine facelifts, eyelid lifts, and brow lifts for a complete facial revitalization (and mixing and matching treatments often yields the best results).

However, if it’s the lower half of the face and neck that concerns you, it might be time to schedule a consultation for a facelift or mini lift. Not sure? Here are a few signs you might be ready:

  1. Botox isn’t doing it anymore. Botox is a fantastic solution for stopping lines and wrinkles, and it can be a lifelong aid. However, it does have its limitations. Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause unwanted wrinkling. Many people begin by getting Botox between their eyebrows, on their forehead, and around their eyes. These are areas that show earlier signs of aging, but there is little that Botox can do for the lower half of the face and the neck. You don’t want to “freeze” muscles that let you smile and talk. Botox in the neck is gaining traction, also known as TrapTox, but that isn’t for lines and wrinkles—it’s for elongating the look of the neck. If your lower face and neck are the issue, Botox won’t help much.
  2. Fillers aren’t enough. Dermal fillers are usually made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid (HA) and can be injected virtually anywhere in the face (and sometimes the tops of the hands). Many clients find that dermal fillers will bridge the gap between non-surgical and surgical solutions for years. You can fill in fallen cheeks and even marionette lines and nasolabial folds for many years with this quick and easy solution. But dermal fillers won’t work as well as you’d like in the lower half of the face forever. If you aren’t getting the results you want from fillers anymore in the lower half of the face or along the jawline, it might be time for surgery.
  3. You want a “little something” more than what non-surgical solutions can provide. If you’re not quite ready for a full facelift, a mini lift might be for you. It’s exactly what it sounds like and requires fewer incisions and a shorter recovery period. It’s the perfect in-between solution for those who are on the cusp of getting ready for a facelift. The results last around five years on average, and a lot of people who get a mini lift opt for a full lift after a few years.
  4. You notice signs of aging and are on a weight loss journey. If you’re already noticing signs of aging in the face and are trying to lose weight, know that one of the first places you’ll lose fat is in the face—and that’s rarely a good thing. Fat loss in the face is going to happen as you age, but if you’re actively losing weight that’s going to speed up the process. For those who are losing a lot of weight, you might notice that drooping, sagging, and overall facial laxity goes into overdrive. Once you reach your goal, consider treating yourself to a facelift or other such procedure as the ultimate reward.
  5. Microneedling, lasers, and peels aren’t cutting it. In addition to Botox and fillers, there are a myriad of solutions including microneedling, laser treatments, and chemical peels that improve the tone, texture, and laxity of skin. Most work, at least in part, via collagen induction therapy. We start decreasing the amount of collagen we produce as we get older, but there are tools to amp up production. However, they too can only do so much. There will come a time when a more aggressive option is a must.

Do any of these hints resonate with you? If so, call RefinedMD today to schedule a facelift consultation or complete the online contact form now.