28 Aug Sarah Jessica Parker Says She “Missed Out” on Getting a Facelift
Sex and the City (SATC) and And Just Like That star Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) recently spoke to Howard Stern about age, beauty—and her regrets of not getting a facelift. She says, “I honestly think I missed out on the facelift, the old-fashioned good one that you have when you’re 44.” Facelifts (and mini lifts, typically for those under the magic age of 44) have been one of the most requested surgeries at RefinedMD for a long time. It’s a surgery that offers some of the most dramatic results, turning back the clock for years and with results that really last.
SJP is one of the au naturale actors who, at 58, says she has never had anything “done” although admits that she thinks about doing “all of it.” She told Stern, “I ask people all the time, is it too late?” These days, SJP says she doesn’t like to spend a lot of time in front of the mirror, though she considers herself “presentable.” “I don’t really like looking at myself. I think I’m fine,” she says. Although SJP is in an industry where the emphasis on beauty and youth is extreme, getting to an age where many women feel they are invisible is difficult for anyone to handle. Plastic surgery, as well as non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures, are a way to increase not only beauty but also self-confidence.
Marrying Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions
In addition to missing out on a facelift—although at 58 SJP is actually a great candidate for a facelift—she also says she understands the desire for Botox and similar procedures. “I do understand why people make the choice [for Botox] because there is so much emphasis put on primarily by women about looks.” This comment comes on the heels of her big return to television and the pivotal role of Carrie Bradshaw in the first season of And Just Like That. There were countless misogynistic comments thrown her way, from men and women alike, about how “old” she had become since the SATC days. Even though the new iteration of the series is 20 years after SATC, there is pressure put on women in her industry to never age.
She recalled to Stern how a particular headline from the summer of 2021 talked about how she had gone gray, saying, “I’m sitting next to Andy Cohen, whose head is covered in gray hair, and you’ve not mentioned it at all.” She points out the discrepancy between expectations between men and women aging, and while that remains true there is also a trend in which men are also expected to look younger for longer. In fact, there is a surge of men seeking out procedures like facelifts and injectables like Botox and fillers. The demand for men to look youthful is especially high in some fields and areas, such as tech in Silicon Valley. However, SJP says, “people should do whatever makes them feel better walking out the door.”
Ageism and Confidence Boosts
SJP has long spoken out against ageism in the film and TV industry, such as when she talked to Vogue in late 2021. She said,
It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better. I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?
Today’s facelifts are not your mother’s (or grandmother’s) facelift. The incisions are tiny, camouflaged in the ear creases, and recovery times are surprisingly quick. The techniques used address the entire facial area being treated, including underlying tissue, to allow for a natural appearance. Women and men of any age may benefit from a facelift or mini lift—and women much older than SJP have enjoyed the benefits of looking and feeling their best from a facelift. If you’re interested in learning more about facelifts and other procedures at RefinedMD, schedule a consultation today. Get in touch by calling the office or filling out the online contact form.