Marc Jacobs has opened up about his $50,000 facelift and his decision to publicly reveal he had gone under the knife, saying there is ‘no shame in being vain.’
The 58-year-old designer has been sharing candid photos of his post-op recovery on his personal Instagram account since celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono performed his ‘deep plane’ facelift on July 20.
‘I’ve got some scars around my ears, and my face is swollen, and I have a bruised neck, but I’m still posting on Instagram. I don’t care,’ he told Vogue. ‘I don’t even see it as an effort to be transparent. I’m doing what I normally do, which is I’m living my life and sharing it with anybody who is interested.’
Looking good: Marc Jacobs, 58, was spotted shopping in New York City on Friday, ten days after his facelift
New look: The designer dished about his ‘deep plane’ facelift with Vogue this week, saying he is ‘very happy’ with the results. Jacobs is pictured before (left) and after (right) the procedure
Jacobs pointed out that he has always been honest about his appearance, saying he openly told people when he got a hair transplant over a decade ago.
‘I mean, there have been so many things that I’ve been transparent about. Like, once when I went to an event with a baseball cap, and people asked me, “Why are you wearing a baseball cap?” And I said, “Well, I just had a hair transplant.” People were amused and amazed that I answered,’ he recalled.
‘But, honestly, what’s the difference?’ he said of announcing his facelift. ‘I’m not covering my face. I’m not wearing sunglasses. I’m not incognito.’
Jacobs said he started getting cosmetics procedures ‘many years ago’ after fashion photographer Steven Meisel recommended he see famed dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt, who was among the first to use Botox and fillers.
After Brandt’s death, the designer began working with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, another Meisel recommendation. Jacobs said he was ‘very conservative’ with his injections because he didn’t like the way men look with too much Botox and fillers.
Candid: announced he had a facelift on Instagram last week, sharing a photo of his head wrapped in bandages one day after the procedure
High-tech treatment: The fashion star has been spending a couple of hours each day in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help with healing
Next up: Jacobs, pictured three days post-op, turned to celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono after his dermatologist told him that non-invasive cosmetic procedures were no longer
He was mainly bothered by the loose skin on his neck, and he started doing thread lifts to pull up the areas where his skin was sagging, but that was only a temporary fix.
‘The fillers were too heavy and the threads didn’t really hold anything up anymore,’ he explained, saying that’s when Dr. Frank suggested he consider plastic surgery.
Jacobs decided to put his face in the hands of Dr. Jacono, a pioneer of the deep plane facelift, which lifts only under the muscle layer. The skin remains attached to the muscle layers, which ensures the face looks natural and not tight.
The New York-based surgeon previously worked his magic on Botched doctor Paul Nassif and Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan, who both had him perform their facelifts.
Nassif’s deep plane facelift cost a whopping $50,000, while Morgan’s face and neck lift totaled $75,000.
‘The deep plane facelift is $50,000 — it’s more expensive than the average facelift, but there is value in it because you look youthful and natural,’ Dr. Jacono told Bravo in 2019. ‘It also lasts longer than a traditional SMAS facelift.
Getting better: Jacobs, who has been documenting his recovery on Instagram, shared a photo of the bruising on his neck and face six days after he went under the knife
Candid: Jacobs, who’s been to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, said he took painkillers to ease his pain post-surgery, but he was monitored by a nurse and his sponsor
‘I was trained to do a more traditional facelift, that’s what almost all surgeons perform, but it doesn’t last as long,’ he explained. ‘A deep plane facelift should last 12-15 years and a SMAS facelift is half as long, on average. In my experience, when I was performing SMAS facelifts, they would look droopy at a quicker pace.’
Jacobs first shared the news on his personal Instagram account ten days ago, posting a selfie that he snapped at his doctor’s office.
The image shows layers of white gauze wrapped around his head and drainage bags filled with blood and fluid on each side of his ears. He is wearing a face mask, leaving only his brows and eyes visible to the camera.
‘Yesterday,’ he captioned the image, adding the hashtags: ‘#f*ckgravity,’ ‘#livelovelift,’ and ‘#DrJacono’.’
He received plenty of love from the fashion community, including Younger actress Debi Mazar, who starred in his eponymous label’s Fall 2015 campaign.
‘Congrats!’ she wrote, adding three clapping hands emoji.
Two days later, Jacobs’ bandages were off, and he posted a photo of himself in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber meant to help him speed up healing.
Youthful: Jacobs, pictured with his husband Charly ‘Char’ Defrancesco in 2019, said he has been honest about facelift because there is ‘no shame in being vein’
‘Getting my oxygen on,’ he captioned the shot, giving a shout-out to the company Hyperbaric Medical Solutions.
The scene looked like something from science fiction as Jacobs laid down inside a glass tube, clad in patient scrubs and holding a bottle of water.
According to Hyperbaric Medical Solutions’ website Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy ‘is an all-natural, non-invasive treatment where a patient simply breathes 100% medical-grade oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure.’
‘HBOT can increase the oxygen concentration in the body by up to 1,200% — this gives it the potential to lead to extraordinary health benefits.’
The high-tech-looking healing strategy is more accessible than it appears. Oxygen therapy can be covered by insurance, and without coverage costs can range between $250 to $450 a session.
‘I love the results. I’m very happy,’ Jacobs told Vogue of his facelift, saying he spends a couple of hours each day in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help with the healing.
While his photos are proof that the surgery was a success, he estimated that it will be a couple of months before he is fully healed.
Jacobs, who has been to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, said he took painkillers to ease his pain post-surgery, but he kept his usage in check with the help of his medical team and AA sponsor.
Big money: Dr. Jacono (pictured) charges $50,000 and up for his deep plane facelifts, which lift only under the muscle layer and look more natural
Before and after: The New York-based surgeon previously worked his magic on Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan, whose face and neck lift totaled $75,000
‘I made sure I had a nurse who monitored those painkillers so that I wouldn’t abuse them because I do have a problem with addiction, so I was very transparent with my people in AA, my sponsor, etc.,’ he explained.
‘Now I’m just taking extra-strength Tylenol and don’t really feel any discomfort,’ he added. ‘Just some tightness and pulling in my neck, which feels foreign, but not uncomfortable.’
Jacobs noted that he didn’t think he looked ‘bad’ for 58, but he sees plastic surgery as a form of self-care and doesn’t believe it’s something shameful.
‘I didn’t feel like I had to do this, but I feel like all of these conversations around aging or around plastic surgery are just like any other conversations to me. The problem comes with the shame around them,’ he said. ‘And I don’t want to live my life with shame, you know? I find that the way I do that is by being open, transparent, and honest about things.
‘Yes, I’m vain. I find there is no shame in being vain. I find there’s no shame in wanting attention. I find there’s no shame in getting dressed up and showing off a look. You know what I mean? Those are some of the things that give me pleasure.’
Jacobs added that he finds it ridiculous how people will credit their youthful appearance to natural products when they clearly went under the knife.
‘It seems so crazy when an actor or public figure denies that they’ve done something,’ he said. ‘And they say like, “Oh, it’s olive oil, I bathe in seltzer.” It’s like, come on. Like all those things might be true, but they’re not why your neck is tight.’