The Invisible Facelift

The Invisible Facelift | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

The Invisible Facelift

There’s a good chance at least someone you know has had a facelift—and if you don’t know who it is, it was done very well. RefinedMD is home to double board-certified Dr. Sudeep Roy, a San Jose facial plastic surgeon who offers both facelifts and the mini lift. We’ve come a long way since the days of the wind tunnel look and very obvious scars. Today’s facelifts consider more than just the skin which, while a vital part of the aging face, is only part of the equation. Even in the world of facial plastic surgery, it’s true what they say: beauty is more than skin deep.

Today’s facelifts can still be dramatic, but they also look completely natural—at least when performed by a leading facial plastic surgeon. Gone are the days of telltale scars behind the ears, because new nearly-invisible incisions are typically hidden in the natural crevices of the ears. Nobody but a trained expert will be able to spot them, and then only under close examination. In some cases, incisions might be required in the hairline, but these are still camouflaged by hair. This technique has been dubbed the new facelift “ponytails facelifts” because those with long hair can confidently pull up their hair and show off their rejuvenized face without worrying about showing a scar.

Facelifts Beyond the Skin

When the face ages, it’s more than just sagging skin. Unfortunately, in the 1990s nothing but the skin was addressed. This resulted in that artificial pulled look where you could often still guess the person’s age (and it was obvious they’d “had work done”). Today, full facelifts typically go deeper than the skin to address the underlying tissue. By youth-ifying more than the skin, an organic outcome can be achieved. Of course, excess skin is still trimmed, but that’s just the crowning touch. A proper facelift is comprehensive, and that’s what gives gorgeous results.

Another outdated fact of facelifts: you don’t have to be 50+ to benefit from one. This is where the mini lift steps in. It’s just what it sounds like. The mini facelift is a smaller version of a full facelift, which means even shorter incisions and less downtime. It’s a great way for those in their 40s and even 30s to rewind the clock a bit and delay the need for a full facelift. If you’re just starting to notice the signs of aging, a mini lift might be for you. However, there’s a few things you need to know about all kinds of lifts.

Define the “Face” in Facelift

Ask anyone to name a popular plastic surgery, and facelift is usually near the top of the list. However, a lot of people don’t realize what it actually entails—or doesn’t. Even a full facelift will not address sagging around the eyes or a heavy brow. In reality a facelift is meant to turn back the clock on the lower half of the face and the neck. Most facelifts inherently include a necklift, except in very rare circumstances where this isn’t necessary. It is not considered a separate procedure in regards to cost or planning. However, if your main concerns include sagging eyelids, bags under the eyes, or a drooping brow, you might actually be a better candidate for blepharoplasty or a forehead lift.

Of course, a lot of clients benefit from a combination of facial surgeries and they can often be performed in a single operation. The face does not all age at the same time. We are naturally asymmetrical—but become more as we get older. The only way to gauge if you’re a good candidate for any kind of facial surgery is with a consultation. This is your chance to connect with a potential surgeon and learn what realistic outcomes you can expect. It’s also a great way to find out if you “click” with a surgeon. Intuition is an important part of surgery, and you deserve to feel comfortable with those taking care of you.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

Do you think a facelift is for you? Find out during your consultation with Dr. Sudeep Roy. You can also learn more about other facial surgery options as well as non-surgical treatments that can optimize a facelift. After all, a facelift does not affect the quality of the skin, which means that options such as laser treatments or a chemical peel is a better match to remove hyperpigmentation and general poor texture. Call RefinedMD today or connect online by completing the form now.