What to Pair with a Facelift

What to Pair with a Facelift | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

What to Pair with a Facelift

A facelift is often one of the first facial plastic surgeries a person considers. It is a well-known procedure and today’s facelifts use a technique that easily hides incision scarring and offers natural-looking results that still turn back the clock by several years. At RefinedMD, you can opt for a full facelift or a mini facelift, with the latter being more appropriate for younger patients who aren’t quite ready for a full procedure yet. However, there are limitations to a facelift. No single procedure does it all, which is why it is common to pair a facelift with surgical and/or non-surgical treatments. Here are a few of the procedures most commonly paired with a facelift:

  1. Also known as an eyelid lift, you can get a lower eyelid lift, upper eyelid lift, or both. It is very common to get both at once, and they are relatively fast and easy procedures. A lower eyelid lift addresses bagging and sagging in the lower eyelids, potentially removing fat pockets (with an incision made inside the eyelid) and/or removing excess skin (via an incision along the lower lashline). An upper bleph tackles sagging in the upper eyelid with incisions hidden in the upper eyelid crease.
  2. A browlift is often endoscopic, which calls for short incisions along the hairline. It removes lines and wrinkles from the forehead, between the eyes, and lifts a sagging brow. Contrary to the name, a facelift actually only lifts the lower half of the face and neck—it does not address the upper half of the face or eyes at all. This is why many patients combine surgeries so that they can get a full facial lift.
  3. Laser skin rejuvenation. Another issue with surgery is that, besides making the skin more taut, it doesn’t actually improve the quality of the skin. If you have brown spots, age spots, unwanted moles, acne scarring, rosacea, or other skin issues, you will still have these problems after a facelift. We have a large suite of lasers suitable for all skin tones, types, and concerns. The vast majority of common skin issues can be helped with the right laser or combination of lasers.
  4. Dermal fillers. When people, particularly slender people, get a facelift, they are sometimes surprised by the “hollowness” afterwards. This isn’t created by the facelift exactly, but rather highlighted when there is no longer saggy skin taking up space. Dermal fillers can create or restore volume where you need it because loss of facial volume is a neglected sign of aging. You can get dermal fillers virtually anywhere in the face but popular areas include the lips, cheeks, jawlines, and in the hollows of the eyes.
  5. A facelift isn’t going to get rid of wrinkles on the forehead or the angry elevens between the brows—or around the eyes. A brow lift and blepharoplasty can help with these areas, but if you don’t want an additional surgery (or want to optimize those surgeries!) Botox can help. It works by freezing the muscles that cause lines and creases. It can also be injected along the brow line for a slight lift or used to create a “lip flip” to flip the upper lip outward for the appearance of a fuller mouth.
  6. If you struggle with a double chin due to a pocket of fat in this area, there’s only so much the neck lift portion of a facelift is going to do. Kybella uses a series of injections of synthetic deoxycholic acid that literally melts away fat in this area. It is delivered by a “stamping” device that injects several vials at once. This makes the appointment quicker and more comfortable. Clients then get a monthly treatment for about four months while your provider gauges effectiveness and the right injection amount—you don’t want to remove too much fat. You can get Kybella before or after a facelift, but it may be best to complete Kybella injections before a facelift so the surgeon is aware of just how much excess skin is in this area.

These are just a few ways you can make the most of your facelift. To find out more, schedule a consultation today. Call RefinedMD during business hours or fill out the online contact form right now.