Chase Lay, MD: Facial Plastic and Oculoplastic Surgery
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Facelift San Jose

A facelift can mean different things to different people. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chase Lay understands that one patient may talk to him about a facelift at his San Jose practice and want simply to improve their jawline’s definition. Another patient might be interested in a full facial rejuvenation that includes the jaw, the area around the mouth, the chin, and the neck. In either case, Dr. Lay’s approach is guided by his belief in delivering aesthetically pleasing results while maintaining your natural appearance.

If you’ve been thinking about a facelift and live in Palo Alto, or anywhere in the Bay Area, request a consultation online, or call Dr. Lay’s office at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.

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Getting the Facelift You Want

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to tone the look of your mid and lower face, including the chin, jawline, and neck. There are several options, but all require the skill and training of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lay.

Depending on your goals and your unique facial anatomy, your choices could include:

Full facelift

Usually includes a neck lift to rejuvenate the area around the mouth, the chin and the neck. A dermal filler such as Sculptra® or fat grafting may be used in some cases to restore volume and enhance the jaw’s definition.

Mini facelift

Designed to reduce minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline and neck. May be performed using a local anesthetic and significantly reduces the recovery time.

Neck lift

Tightens neck muscles and removes fat. Small incisions beneath the chin are used to manipulate muscles. Liposuction may also be used to suction fat.

Brow lift

Often considered part of a full facelift, a brow lift can reduce forehead wrinkles and the creases between the eyes and above the nose — those lines that make you look worried or angry.

Dr. Lay Laser Lift

Not to be confused with laser skin resurfacing, this unique procedure uses a fiber-optic laser beneath the skin to tone and tighten lax tissue with less down time and risk.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

You might be in your late 30s and want a mini-facelift to reverse the early signs of aging, or a man or woman in your 60s seeking a full facial rejuvenation. In either case, good facelift candidates share some traits:

  • Skin elasticity: Good candidates retain some flexibility and suppleness in their skin, an important factor for successfully healing after surgery.
  • Strong bone structure: Patients with weaker bone structure underlying the skin and muscle may benefit from facial implants, such as a chin implant, in addition to facelift surgery.
  • Realistic expectations: During your consultation, Dr. Lay will assess your skin and bone structure and explain the possibilities and limitations of your facelift procedure.
  • Good overall health: An underlying chronic illness or other health issue could impact your recovery.

What Should I Expect?

The best cosmetic surgery begins during the consultation. You and Dr. Lay can talk about your motivation for getting a facelift, your goals, and collaborate on the best approach to achieving those goals. You will also receive pre- and post-operative instructions that are important to follow. A full facelift is performed using general anesthesia and usually requires 2 to 3 weeks of recovery. Less-invasive options won’t require the same amount of recovery time, but are still surgical procedures and Dr. Lay takes the same safety precautions.

Real Answers From Dr. Lay

“If you’re considering facelift surgery, it’s kind of important to ask yourself, ‘How private do I want to keep this?’” The answer will impact your healing time. You’ll probably want to add 5 to 7 days to the expected recovery time so changes caused by the healing process aren’t noticeable.”

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Get to Know Dr. Chase Lay

Dr. Chase Lay values the doctor-patient relationship and will collaborate with you to help attain your cosmetic goals. His extensive background in facial plastic surgery has made him one of the top plastic surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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