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Author: Babak Moein, MD FACSBoard-certified,
Fellowship trained in Cosmetic Surgery

FaceLift For Men

Introduction to Facelift For Men

Male facelifts are very different than their female counterparts. To begin with, men like to wear their hair short, making hiding surgical incision lines more technical. In addition, men do not want the stigma of having others know they have undergone cosmetic surgery. As a result, it is critical to hide their surgical incision lines when feasible. These prerequisites require a conservative pull of both the temple skin and the posterior neck skin to avoid tension and resultant surgical scars. Visible scars during a facelift for men must be avoided at all costs. Furthermore, the incision is leveled against the hairline follicles to allow for the growth of the hair follicles through the incision line. Remember that any deviation by the plastic surgeon in giving the male facelift patient an operated look after cosmetic surgery will compromise their masculine appearance.

Another consideration of the male facelift incision line is that it must accommodate the sideburn present only in males. This requires a rectangular incision line design that follows the hairline sideburn and facial structure. Specifically, the incision lines along the sideburn must be straight lines and cut at 90-degree angles. The sideburn must also be accounted for when trimming the loose skin and transposing the facial skin back up. This is because the beard line must line up with the sideburn to avoid a hairline step-off deformity between the sideburn and beard line. Patients are asked to have a small stubble showing on the day of surgery so that these two anatomical landmarks can be lined up. This means shaving the day before and not on the day of surgery!

A final consideration for male facelift surgery is ensuring that the beard line's hair follicles are not traumatized during surgery. The skin flap layer must be dissected slightly deeper than in female facelifts. Injury to the follicles will result in hair loss and a smooth beard line compromise. In addition, the skin layer possesses larger blood vessels that nourish larger and dense hair follicles in men than in women. As a result, blood thinners must be stopped at least one month before surgery, as men are much more vulnerable to surgical blood oozing. A final consideration is to be more conservative with eliminating loose skin since aggressive removal of excess skin will result in unnecessary tension of the skin line repair resulting in follicular trauma. Cosmetic procedures in males must be done with finesse and require modification of traditional facelift techniques intended to address constraints of male facial tissues. Unique male facial anatomy that includes thicker skin, larger follicles, and deep lines makes facial plastic surgery of the male more complicated. A treatment plan to improve the youthful appearance of the male face yet avoid facial scarring are a challenge. This is why choosing ideal candidates for facelifts in men seeking facial rejuvenation is critical.

The Facelift for Men Procedure

A facelift for men requires the creation of a masculinized male profile that is depicted by eliminating skin redundancy from the neck, jowls, and cheeks to create a chiseled look. Deep lines must be effaced while larger facial muscles are protected. Meanwhile, an operated facial appearance must be avoided at all costs, hiding surgical incision lines when possible. During your facelift consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss the benefits and advantages of the various facelifts, including the mini, the skin only, the extended SMAS, and the deep plane facelift. Your surgeon will discuss the modifications of these conventional facelifts to accommodate your stronger bone structure, thicker layers of skin, and larger underlying muscles.

Male facelift Length

Longer operative times should be expected for male facelifts since they require lifting thicker skin flaps and meticulous attention to skin closures. The average operative time for a male facelift is between 3 to 3.5 hours.

Male facelift anesthesia

A facelift for men can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

Male facelift place of treatment

Male facelifts should be performed in a surgical suite.

Facelift for Men Side Effects

Male facelift side effects may include residual skin looseness. This is because the male facial skin is thicker and thus heavier and more prone to recoil. Additionally, the male skin cannot be pulled as aggressively because of the priority to avoid undue tension and subsequent scarring. Avoiding unnecessary tension results from the importance of creating a natural appearance of the male face.  In contrast, females possess thinner skin and can be pulled tighter, resulting in less likelihood of skin redundancy.

Male Facelift Recovery

Male facelift surgery patients will require ten days of recovery before returning to non-physical work. Patients can expect to attend dinner with friends and family as early as two weeks following surgery. Male clients may also return to work earlier since their skin is not pulled as tight, making the recovery process more reasonable and recovery times tolerable.

Male Facelift Duration of Outcomes

A facelift for men traditionally provides long-lasting results, and patients can expect to age naturally. Minimal scarring and naturally achieving aesthetic goals are milestones of the male facelift.

FACELIFT FOR MEN - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This surgery refers to gender-specific considerations and modifications of techniques developed for traditional facelift surgeries.

You are a good candidate for male facelift surgery if you desire a more chiseled face and neck contour line.

First, your face and neck will be evaluated to tally all your aging changes, including deepened nasojugal groove, prominent nasolabial fold, prominent jowls, and fullness in the neck. You will also be counseled regarding stopping blood thinners and grooming your sideburn in preparation for surgery.

The most common concern following male facelift surgery is to observe a slight recurrence in the neck skin redundancy. This is because neck skin has a recoil propensity despite being pulled effectively.

Male facelift surgery is performed by being cognizant of male features, priorities, and anatomical nuances specific to men.

Male facelift surgery recovery is tolerable with minimal pain. Most of our patients do not take pain pills following the first night. You must wear a neck bra for the first week following surgery.

Male facelift surgery utilizes a limited incision line that is placed strategically to heal with hidden incision lines.

There are negligible scars following male facelift surgery since the resection of skin is performed conservatively so that the tension on the incision line is minimized and the incision is made to allow the hair follicles to grow through the incision.

You will be able to return home following male facelift surgery.

MALE FACELIFT PATIENT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Like in female facelifts, the male facelift surgery is a dual-plane facelift involving the pull of the skin and the facial or SMAS layers. The SMAS elevation and pull are integral to achieving natural facelift results.

Although facial incisions will heal quickly following facelift surgery, it is prudent to avoid heavy exercise for one month to allow the elevated skin of the cheeks and neck to heal back down.

You will immediately notice an improvement in your face and neck appearance following male facelift surgery. However, you may notice some swelling in the temples that will resolve over the first month.

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