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Men and Facelifts: What You Need to Know

Dr. Philip Miller

January 19, 2022

Maybe it’s the competitive, youth-centric society we live in, or perhaps the number of celebrities we see who never seem to age makes us more critical of our own appearance. Whatever the reason, men want to look younger and more attractive and are increasingly turning to facelift surgery to achieve these goals. 

Philip Miller, MD, FACS, in Manhattan, New York, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon that specializes in male-specific cosmetic procedures, with a significant percentage of male patients in his practice. He is well-versed in the evolution of aesthetic standards and how men can boost their confidence as they age by improving and maintaining their appearance. 

The Popularity of the Male Facelift

Men turn to facelifts because they want to look and feel better. Some men want to turn back the clock because they feel self-conscious about their appearance as they age, while others want to look younger to compete in the job market. An attractive, youthful appearance is an undeniable asset. A man who has confidence in his appearance will tend to be confident in other areas of his life as well.

Top Reasons Why Men Get Facelifts

Why are more men deciding to go under the knife? Below are five reasons men who’ve undergone facial plastic surgery cite as contributing factors in their decision:

1. They want to look more youthful.

2. They want to feel more confident.

3. They want to be more attractive to women.

4. They no longer like what they see in the mirror.

5. They want to stay relevant among their younger peers at work.

While women get facelifts for a delicate, softer appearance, the opposite is true for men. A man typically receives a facelift to appear more rugged or masculine. An important objective of a male facelift is to create a defined, chiseled jawline and to remove loose skin folds from the neck—a frequent aesthetic concern among men.

male facelift surgery results in NYC

Facelift Options

Dr. Miller offers a variety of options for his male patients. By using different approaches and techniques, he can customize each treatment to the precise needs of his patient, ensuring a natural, durable improvement. Some of those options include: 

Miller Lift. The “Miller Lift” is a non-surgical facelift technique using a combination of fillers to fill out lines and wrinkles, along with Botox® for a firmer, lifted appearance. Additionally, dermal fillers can address volume loss in the contours of the face. Collagen stimulators and fat eliminators complete the Miller Lift.

Micro Lift. Men who want to reverse the early signs of aging but are not ready for an invasive full-facelift may achieve their goals with a Micro Lift. A Micro Lift improves the appearance of displaced fat and sagging skin on the lower face, as well as jowls.

Facelift (rhytidectomy). The traditional facelift is a comprehensive anti-aging procedure that produces the most dramatic results—improving sagging skin in the mid and lower face. It smooths wrinkles and reduces skin laxity for long-lasting results.

For certain patients, rhinoplasty surgery, eyelid surgery, or laser skin resurfacing can further enhance the results of facelift procedures.

Special Consideration

Facelift incisions are placed differently in males due to beard growth patterns and vascularity. Surgical goals include tightening loose skin, removing fat deposits, and smoothing out lines and wrinkles. 

Attention is generally given to the lower half of the face, including the jowl area. Men who undergo a facelift often see dramatically improved definition in the chin and jawline.

About the Procedure

Miller Lift. After the skin is cleaned and prepared, a tiny needle will administer the injectable treatments. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is performed in-office. You may experience some mild swelling, bruising, itching, and redness around the injection sites, although no downtime is required after the procedure.

Micro Lift. Performed in Dr. Miller’s office-surgical suite, the Micro Lift procedure takes less than an hour with a local anesthetic. Carefully placed incisions are made—smaller than those necessary in a traditional facelift. Excess skin and tissue are carefully trimmed, and the incisions are then closed.

Patients can go home to rest and heal the same afternoon as their Micro Lift procedure,  returning to the office a few days later for follow-up and suture removal with Dr. Miller. 

deep plane male facelift before and after results in NY, NY

Facelift (rhytidectomy). When waking up from anesthesia, you may feel groggy until the effects wear off. Varying degrees of swelling and bruising is normal for 1-3 days after surgery, but you should call your surgeon’s office immediately if these symptoms significantly worsen. Post-surgery, you’ll have regularly scheduled follow-up visits as Dr. Miller closely monitors your recovery.

Many men are pleasantly surprised at how little discomfort they experience after facelift surgery. Dr. Miller may prescribe painkillers, although many patients experience problem-free recoveries and don’t feel the need to take prescription pain medication. Most men are back to regular activities within a week or two.

Recovery and Results

The recovery process and results will vary depending on whether a Miller Lift, Micro Lift, or full-facelift was performed, as detailed above.

When performed well, a patient can look up to ten years younger after a full facelift.

A male facelift can do the following:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Correct facial volume loss
  • Correct or minimize facial scarring
  • Tighten loose skin
  • Provide a youthful look
  • Preserve masculine facial features

You can help extend the results of your procedure with consistent use of sun protection and by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Why Dr. Miller is the Best Choice for Male Facelift Surgery

Dr. Miller is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon in Manhattan. Over half of his patients are men. His extensive experience has provided him unique insight into men’s goals for facelift surgery and knowledge of which aesthetic improvements look natural and enhance the male face.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Contact us to learn more about men’s surgical procedures or to schedule a consultation with leading New York City facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Philip Miller.

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Philip Miller and his team of New York's top rated facial plastic surgery experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans that include a combination of minimally-invasive techniques and advanced procedures, to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence® they desire. Our unique NatraFace™ approach to facial rejuvenation includes the following effective procedures:

Eyelid Plastic Surgery

Dr. Miller and Kaylyn Plum, PA-C provide patients with Manhattan's #1 customized care and treatment for smooth, supple skin that brightens the eyes and revitalizes the face. With our NatraFace™ approach, we utilize a combination of effective aesthetic techniques tailored to suit each patient’s needs. We offer:

Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

Dr. Miller and his staff of NYC's best aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose® process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking rhinoplasty results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Miller specializes in nose jobs, nose reductions, non-surgical nose jobs, and more: Adjust the links in these sections as follows:

Skin Care Treatments

Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.

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