04 Nov A Facelift (Probably) Isn’t What You Think (But It’s Amazing!)
The face is where most people first spot signs of aging, and it makes sense. That’s why Refined MD offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for lines, wrinkles, lax skin, and other signs of aging. Most people think of a facelift as the ultimate surgical procedure to instantly look years younger, healthier, and happier. A facelift can certainly help achieve this and remains one of the most highly recommended procedures. However, a facelift often isn’t what people think it is.
The Amazing Truth about Facelifts
A traditional full facelift only addresses the lower half of the face. It almost always includes a neck lift, too (although in some rare cases a patient may be a good candidate for just a neck lift). Facelifts address the lower half of the face, with the upper half requiring separate, additional procedures. These procedures can include a lower eyelift (lower blepharoplasty), upper eyelift (upper blepharoplasty), and/or a brow lift. In some situations, a patient may best benefit from a combination of some or all of these procedures.
Full facelifts are designed to address the signs of aging in the lower half of the face and the neck. Deep lines near the nose and mouth, often called “marionette” lines, are some of the first lines to appear. They can make a person look angry, tired, or sad even when they’re not. It’s no wonder addressing these folds is one of the most popular requests of a plastic surgeon. However, a “softening” jawline and the appearance of excess fat beneath the chin are also frustrating signs of aging. You don’t need to be overweight to start developing a double chin. It can happen from age, genetics, or due to the natural structure of your face.
Meet Facelift Surgeon, Dr. Sudeep Roy
At Refined MD, Dr. Sudeep Roy performs all facial plastic surgeries. Board-certified and Stanford-educated, Dr. Roy is one of the most qualified surgeons to provide fantastic, natural-looking results. Understanding what your goals are begins with a consultation. A lot of patients understandably think they want just a facelift, when in actuality they often want a facelift and additional surgeries to address the entire aging effects that show up on the face.
There is no ideal age for a facelift or other facial plastic surgery. Although most patients are in their 40s or 50s, in some cases patients may be great candidates at younger or older ages. In some cases, getting a facelift or other cosmetic surgery earlier in life may be the best option. It’s important that a candidate be healthy, and this can be more likely at a younger age. In other cases, such as with a neck lift, the issues aren’t caused by age at all. A person with a jawline that isn’t well-defined, or who is simply genetically predisposed to a double chin, might benefit from a neck lift at a younger age.
Today’s facelifts and other facial cosmetic surgeries not only look natural, but also feature small incision scars that are easy to hide. Full facelifts have incisions hidden in and around the folds of the ears. Upper eyelid incision scars are blended into the natural crease of the eyelids. Lower eyelid incision scars can be hidden along the lash line or sometimes even placed on the inside of the eyelid. Brow lift incisions are often hidden along the hairline. Many clients are surprised at how quick these procedures are, and how comparatively fast the recovery process is. In most cases, patients return to the majority of their daily activities just two or three weeks after surgery.
Non-Surgical Treatments Complement a Facelift
There are a number of non-surgical treatments to address the signs of aging. However, for those who want dramatic results immediately, cosmetic surgery is often the only answer. The only comparable, non-surgical process to a facelift is a deep chemical peel. However, a deep chemical peel requires just as long of downtime as a full facelift. The expenses can be comparable, and keep in mind that even though a deep chemical peel offers dramatic results, it ultimately does not remove excess or sagging skin. It also is not often combined with liposuction, which is an easy and common “add-on” to facial cosmetic surgery (especially in the under-chin area and around the eyes).
Take Years off Your Face – Schedule Your Consultation
Are you ready to learn more about facelifts and other surgical offerings from Dr. Roy? Schedule your complimentary consultation today with Refined MD by calling (408) 688-2082.