More men are now defying the aging process with cosmetic intervention, and the number of men seeking facelift procedures has drastically risen in the last few years.
While all facelifts are tailored to address a unique patient’s needs and goals, facelift surgery for men requires a different approach.
Here are 6 facts that make a male facelift unique:
1. Male Facelifts Occur More Often than You Think
Although women still represent the majority of plastic surgery patients by far, men are steadily increasing the number of procedures they want to maintain their youthfully masculine appearance.
According to the Aesthetic Society’s annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Statistics, following a year in which many practices closed temporarily and reduced hours, plastic surgery surged in 2021. Surgical procedures increased by 54%, and the average plastic surgeon performed 320 surgical procedures in 2021, compared with 220 in 2020.
Men, aged 36-50, comprised 40% of male patients who underwent a surgical procedure, with 5,061 males undergoing a facelift in 2021.
2. Male Facelifts Have Different Goals
While both men and women desire to stop the clock on aging, the dynamics of their facelift will have key differences. Women often get a facelift to eliminate deep lines and wrinkles around the cheeks, as well as sagging skin in the neck. While they want to look younger, they also want to maintain a feminine appearance and an aesthetically-pleasing heart shape to the face with well-defined cheeks and a slim, contoured jawline.
The opposite is true for men. Although they also want a facelift to address noticeable wrinkles around the mouth and nose, or sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline, they desire to have a more masculine or “rugged” appearance. They want their facelift to create a strong, chiseled, and defined jawline – without the loose folds on their neck that they often complain make it difficult for them to properly shave.
No two people are the same. The facelift procedure, whether for a male or female patient, will be customized to focus on the unique problem areas and desired results of each individual.
3. Male Skin Needs to be Treated Differently
Anatomy differs between men and women, and this includes skin structure. A man’s facial skin is generally thicker and oilier compared to a woman’s skin.
Men have stronger connective tissues, and they may not experience visible signs of aging for much longer. However, it is the thickness and heartiness of their skin that make their necks and jawline particularly vulnerable to folds and crepey skin.
A facial plastic surgeon performing a male facelift will need to exercise care to avoid pulling skin too tight, as this can result in a facelift with an overly done or pulled appearance.
Men also have more facial hair than women, and this means having more hair follicles that rely on blood supply to grow. Since male skin is also more vascular and will demand more blood supply, men are more susceptible to post-surgery bleeding, which is a factor facial plastic surgeons must take into consideration during and after a facelift on a male patient.
4. A Male Facelift Requires Different Incision Placement
Compared to women, men have shorter hair and hairlines that tend to recede with age. Surgeons may make the incisions at the spot where the ear connects with the head or under the chin, where they are less noticeable or can be hidden in the natural folds of the skin.
Surgeons will need to watch areas of the skin where facial hair grows because they would not want to shift skin with hair follicles to another area where hair does not typically grow. For instance, if skin with hair follicles is lifted and placed higher on the face, the patient might need to start shaving in that area.
5. Scarring Can be a Bigger Concern with the Male Facelift
Surgeons may need to modify incision placement on male patients who are bald or losing hair to keep scars hidden. For patients who don’t have hair to camouflage scarring, incisions are shortened and placed higher up along the ear. Incision placement has to be precise and should still enable the surgeon to have adequate access to underlying tissues while avoiding tension on any stitches and keeping scars discreet. The surgeon’s advanced skill and technique are required to ensure minimal scarring when performing facelifts for males.
6. Men Don’t Have to Stop at a Facelift
The facelift is a comprehensive anti-aging procedure that can produce dramatic results. Pairing a facelift with one or more other cosmetic procedures can produce even better results. Men are discovering that adding treatments to their facelift can produce an optimal outcome for them and when procedures are performed together, this approach does not impact the amount of time taken from work and other activities.
Male facelifts are often combined with a neck lift. The incision made under the chin for a neck lift allows the surgeon to also remove excess fat and tighten tissues and muscles in this area to enhance a man’s neck and jawline. When the face and neck are surgically rejuvenated together, the results will look more natural as well.
Other patients may find eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, or laser skin resurfacing can help them achieve all of their aesthetic goals.
What exact surgical and non-surgical procedures will pair well with your facelift? Come in for a consultation to get a customized procedure plan that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Considering a Male Facelift in New York? Consider Dr. Philip Miller for All Your Cosmetic Needs
Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with plastic surgery procedures for men as well as women. He pioneered the NatraLook methodology for his cosmetic procedures for the face, which is a specialized consultation process through which Dr. Miller will evaluate your facial features and listen to your specific concerns. NatraLook creates a collaborative environment that ensures a unified vision for optimal results and the most natural outcome possible.
To learn more about facelifts for men, view male facelift before and after photos, or determine the cost of a male facelift, contact Dr. Miller in Manhattan, New York to schedule a consultation today.
Once upon a time, you didn’t have many options after the signs of facial aging started to appear, other than smearing your face with ineffective cold cream or wearing a chin strap to try to lift up your jowls. Nowadays, though, there are so many choices offered in New York City for reversing signs of aging and rejuvenating your skin that you may be overwhelmed and uncertain of what choice to make.
You might even feel paralyzed by the number of options available to you — stuck in the “paradox of choice” that we sometimes experience in our abundant world. At Dr. Phillip J. Miller’s Facial Plastic Surgery practice, we want to make sifting through your abundance of choices easy for you. Here are a few questions that can help you decide whether you’re ready for a surgical facelift, or if another option better suits your needs and lifestyle.
Do you want immediate results for your face?
You’ve made up your mind to turn back the clock, but you don’t want to spend weeks to months in recovery from a surgical facelift. A liquid facelift is by far your best option if you want to leave our office looking anywhere from 5-10 years younger, with no recovery time at all. Dr. Miller developed his own variation on a liquid facelift — dubbed the Miller Lift — in which he resculpts and re-contours your face to look more youthful, using only injectable therapies.
Dr. Miller may choose from a variety of dermal fillers to find ones with the right consistency, longevity, and composition to reverse the signs of aging on your face. You can use a liquid facelift to:
- Restore volume to your midface, which lifts up a slightly sagging lower face
- Build up your cheekbones for greater elegance and more lift, too
- Fill in hollows under your eyes or on your temples
- Smooth out and un-do deep creases around your nose and mouth
- Re-contour your jawline and chin to be sharper and more youthful
- Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, including perioral lines
- Rejuvenate and plump up your lips
Philip Miller, MD, may recommend combining hyaluronic-acid (HA)-based fillers (e.g., Juvéderm® and Restylane®) with collagen stimulators (e.g., Radiesse® and Sculptra®) to give you the best of both worlds. The HA fillers immediately add volume, lift, and add smoothness to your face so that you look visibly younger in less than an hour. The collagen stimulators work over the long-term, in the deeper layers of your dermis, to create more collagen that rebuilds and strengthens your skin from the inside out. Together, they provide a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits.
Your treatment could also include Botox® as part of your liquid rejuvenation. Botox smooths out wrinkles:
- On your forehead
- Between your brows
- At the top of your nose
- Around your eye corners
However, Botox’s benefits don’t stop there. Dr. Miller can also use Botox to relax tensed muscles around your jawline, neck, and mouth to create cosmetic improvements such as:
- Softer, more feminine jawline
- Liquid neck lift
- Nonsurgical lip flip
The final component in a Miller Lift is Kybella® — an injectable treatment that melts away unwanted facial fat. Dr. Miller uses Kybella to eliminate double chins and jowls, and tighten the skin along your jawline.
The downside of a liquid facelift is that some of your immediate and dramatic benefits are temporary. You will need periodic touch-ups of both the dermal fillers and Botox (though not of Kybella!), which can range from every 3-4 months for Botox, to up to 24 months for some fillers. We are able to schedule your maintenance checkups and send you reminders so that you always look great, but if you’d rather trade the time savings of a liquid facelift for the ultimately lower cost of more long-term anti-aging solutions, then keep reading.
Non-surgical skin-tightening treatments can dramatically rejuvenate your look over time without incisions or scars. They work by stimulating collagen in the deep layers of your skin, which thickens and strengthens your skin, literally turning back time. Although you may notice a difference in the texture and firmness of your skin directly after your first treatment, your skin gets tighter and more youthful-looking over the next several months as your body produces new collagen and elastin. Dr. Miller offers:
- Ultherapy® — Ultrasound energy heats the collagen layers of your skin to tighten and firm your neck, jawline, face, and brow
- Neck-Tite™ — Neck-Tite uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to melt and vacuum away excess fat around your chin and neck to firm and tighten your skin, permanently removing a “turkey neck”
You can combine both Ultherapy and Neck-Tite with elements of a liquid facelift for a more dramatic and instant effect.
Do you want to wow them with the best possible results?
Despite the advantages of anti-aging technologies, if you want the most dramatic, long-lasting rejuvenation possible,nothing can rival a beautifully performed surgical facelift. Dr. Miller performs a deep-plane lift that not only repositions and lifts up your skin, but also the underlying superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer for superior, longer-lasting, and more natural-looking results. Using mini liposuction, he removes any excess fat from your lower face and chin, which causes jowls and drooping. Choose from:
- Full facelift — entire lower face and neck area tighten, lifted, and recontoured
- Mini lift — Only lower face and jowls lifted and tightened
- Micro lift— this slight, skin-only lift mimics the rejuvenating effects and lift of wearing your hair in a tight ponytail
Depending on your needs, Dr. Miller also performs a neck lift, in which he tightens and lifts the neck’s platysma muscle. In most cases, he recommends fat grafting, which removes unwanted fat from an area where you don’t want it (such as your tummy or legs) and injects it into your cheeks, where it integrates with your tissues to create long-lasting volume. You might also benefit from a:
You won’t see your full results for 2-3 months and may be slightly uncomfortable or a little self-conscious as your facelift heals. You’ll also have slight scars behind your ears. However, Dr. Miller always makes sure to hide the scars in the creases of your skin. You can also later get laser treatments to minimize their appearance.
Your facelift lasts for at least 10 years. That means, even if you don’t do another thing to your face — other than using medical-grade skincare and getting regular chemical peels — you’ll look younger than your peers for a decade or more. So, although the initial investment is larger, you save money and time in the long run. To learn more about facelift, visit medlineplus.gov
Dr. Philip Miller – New York’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeon
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