Does Facelift Tape Work?

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

Posted: January 10, 2022
Woman using facelift tape to hold sagging skin in place

Sagging skin on the face and neck is a common consequence of aging. There are several over-the-counter solutions for these issues, including creams, serums, and ointments that work to varying degrees, but even the daily use of topical products can only do so much. Over time, everyone’s skin loses volume and lift.

Facelift tape is a beauty product that some people turn to when sagging skin on the face and neck becomes a more irritating concern. Exactly what it sounds like, with facelift tape, excess facial and neck skin is pulled taught before being taped – typically behind the ears – in order to produce a less wrinkled and sagging facial appearance.

Does this method work? Kind of. Is it comfortable? Not really. Is it sustainable? Not at all.

Facelift tape can produce an asymmetrical and distorted appearance, particularly around the lips. The product can limit facial movement, impact speech, and create an almost comically unnatural look. What’s more, facelift tape can come loose or fall off as the day progresses, threatening to undo the results at inconvenient or awkward moments. Even more concerning, constantly pulling your skin taught can have the opposite effect you desire. With repeated stretching, the skin may lose elasticity, highlighting skin laxity, wrinkles, and similar signs of aging.

Consider a Better Alternative

At Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery, we offer both surgical and non-surgical solutions for sagging facial and neck skin. Depending on your areas of concern and stated goals, options such as laser skin resurfacing or IPL Photofacial may be suitable for your needs. If your concerns are more pronounced or you are looking for an even longer-lasting solution, we can discuss options such as facelift surgery, forehead lift, blepharoplasty, or another facial plastic surgery procedure. The best way to find out which option is most suitable for you is through a one-on-one consultation at our Los Altos office.

If you are looking for the most effective ways to reach your aesthetic goals, please give us a call at 650-934-7020 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons today. Located in Los Altos, we welcome patients from Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, and all nearby California communities.