Facelift for Men – Male Facelift in Sydney by Dr Turner
Male Facelift techniques have advanced significantly recently, with the aim to refresh and rejuvenate the face rather than make your face appear unnaturally tight or overly feminine. Dr Scott Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney & Newcastle and expert at Male Facelift Surgery.
If you have been considering a facelift, you more than likely have a few questions. If so, Dr. Turner can assist you every step of the way. Being one of Sydney’s top facelift plastic surgeons, he is an expert in creating facial harmony and restoring a youthful appearance. Whatever your needs and wishes are, he can create a customized treatment plan that’s perfect for you.
Why men need a Facelift
Men develop fine lines, wrinkles and creases throughout the face and neck as they age. Years of sun damage, poor diet and stress can take their toll on your appearance. These visible signs of aging can cause many men to feel self-conscious or even depressed.
Men are becoming increasingly aware of the early signs of ageing and wish to address them before they become more pronounced. It may come as a surprise to some that one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men is a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy.
Face and neck lift surgery still remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation to reverse the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance. Dr. Turner takes great care to ensure the effects of your facelift give a natural and proportional rejuvenation while not betraying the fact that you have had plastic surgery.
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What is a Male Facelift?
A facelift is a rejuvenating procedure that can combat the signs of aging in the face. A facelift can significantly improve the appearance of deep wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging and allow older patients to turn back time to better reflect a youthful spirit.
Differences Between a Facelift for Men and Women
There is no procedural difference between a male and female facelift patient. The distinctions between a male facelift patient and a female facelift patient are in the recovery process and the incision placement.
Male skin is thicker than female skin, which puts men at a larger risk for bleeding during and after the procedure. This also makes men more susceptible to rare complications such as hematomas after a facelift.
The placement of the incision can often be covered by a woman’s hair or makeup and this is often not true for men. This can make incision placements tricky, and often require an experienced and artistic eye. Furthermore, beards and mustaches can aid in the hiding of incision scars.
What Do Female & Male Facelift Have in Common?
Both male and female facelifts are designed to achieve natural-looking rejuvenation. Men and women both typically choose facelift surgery because they seek to restore a more youthful and attractive appearance.
The fundamentals of the facelift procedure are the same for both men and women. Dr Turner carefully lifts and repositions underlying facial tissues to address slack jowls, flat cheeks, and lax skin on the mid and lower face.
Who is ideal for a Male Facelift?
An ideal candidate for a facelift is someone who has:
- Wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and nose
- Deep lines around the mouth and nose
- Brow furrows
- Developed jowls
- Fat deposits under the chin
- Loose skin around the jawline and chin
- is in generally good health
- is a non smoker or is willing to cease smoking for the whole facelift patient journey
Preparing for a Male Facelift
In order to get the best results from surgery you should prepare yourself.
What should you do before the surgery?
It is advisable to:
- Stop Aspirin one week prior to surgery.
- Shampoo your hair the night before the operation.
- Stop Smoking – Remember that excessive smoking will impair healing
Dr. Turner and his staff will inform you how to best prepare for your facelift procedure during the consultation. You will be prescribed medications such as antibiotics and pain relievers before the surgery. The antibiotics may need to be taken before and after the surgery to ensure an optimal infection-free healing process. All Food intake needs to be stopped at midnight before the procedure to ensure the body responds well to medications used during the procedure.
You will also need to stop smoking and taking any blood-thinning medications at least two weeks before the surgery. This will ensure adequate blood flow and circulation and promote healing post-procedure.
Patients will need to arrange a family member or friend to pick them up after the surgery and stay with them the first night. This will ensure the patient’s safety as well as provide a more comfortable experience for them.
Male Face Lift Surgery Procedure
The surgery consists of lifting the skin, removing the excess fat, tightening the muscles, and removing any excess skin.
There are three types of facelift surgery procedures, Traditional facelift, Minimal-access cranial suspension, and Keyhole Surgery. The technique used depends on your facial structure and desired outcome. Dr. Turner will let you know which type of surgery is suitable for you.
1. Traditional Male Facelift
A surgical cut is made in your hairline, down past the front of your ears and then up into the hairline again behind the ears. Cuts may also be made under your chin if you want to lift a sagging jawline. Next, the skin is carefully separated from the underlying tissues. Excess fat is then removed and muscles are tightened surrounding the tissues of the face. Skin is lifted, pulled back and any excess skin is trimmed off. The skin is then stitched back to the line where the cut was initially made. Fine plastic drainage tubes may be left in the wounds, usually behind your ears. These allow blood and fluids to drain.
2. Minimal-access cranial suspension (Male MACS)
Surgical cuts are shorter than for a traditional facelift in a MACS procedure. Small cuts are made in your temple and in front of your ears. Excess fat is then removed and the muscles are tightened using permanent stitches.
3. Keyhole Male Facelift surgery
This procedure is most commonly carried out for upper face or brow lifts. Tiny cuts are made into the skin through which an endoscope is passed. The operation is carried out by looking at the pictures sent from the endoscope to a monitor. It leaves smaller scars and has a shorter recovery time.
What is the best Male Facelift procedure?
Mini male facelift: This technique is most appropriate for younger patients just beginning to see signs of facial aging. By lifting and repositioning the skin, a mini facelift improves the appearance of wrinkles in the cheeks but has minimal effect on the neck and jowls.
Short scar facelift: In this approach, facial muscles and fat are lifted vertically and secured in a more youthful position. The skin may then be tightened with minimal tension to achieve a natural appearance. The short scar facelift improves the cheeks and jowls, primarily, but also improves the neck.
Full incision technique: This procedure is most common among men who are in their 50’s or older and have significant skin laxity of the neck. A full incision facelift tightens the lower portions of your face, especially your jawline. It is the most effective way to remove excess fat, tighten underlying muscles, and re-drape the skin of your face and neck.
Recovery after a Male Facelift
Bandages will be applied to the face for the first 24-hours, but will soon be replaced by a lighter covering. You typically experience swelling and bruising during the recovery period. Dr. Turner generally avoids using drains if possible. You will be informed to keep your head elevated following the procedure. This will promote a healthy healing process.
Dr. Turner will follow up with you every few days. You will have the first follow up one to two days after their surgery. Follow ups are essential to monitor your recovery, remove stitches, clean incision sites and change bandages when necessary. Based on your recovery process, you will be informed when you can return to activities like exercise and showering as everyone’s body heals at different speeds.
Results of a Male Facelift
Facelifts are transformative and produce dramatic results. These results will differ for everyone but the results will be noticeable immediately and in the following weeks as swelling decreases. Final results will be visible three to six months following the procedure. A facelift is a long-lasting solution to aging symptoms, making it one of the most effective anti-aging procedures.
Risks and complications of male facelift surgery
All surgery has risks. Dr Turner will explain in the consultation how he manages risks including:
- Bleeding / Hematoma
- Bruising and Swelling
- Complications of anesthesia
- Damage to the facial nerves controlling muscles, usually temporary
- Fluid Builld up / Seroma
- Loss of hair around the incision site, but this is uncommon
- Numbness, which can improve within days or weeks
- Skin necrosis, or tissue death
- Unevenness between two sides of the face
- Widening or thickening of scar
If you notice inflammation, pain, redness, or swelling in the days following surgery, you should seek medical help as this could be a sign of hematoma.
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Worries Men Have Regarding Facelift
- A Stigma Associated with Having Plastic Surgery
Some men are afraid to have plastic surgery because they don’t like to be associated with having a procedure. For many years, cosmetic treatments have been targeted at women, but over the past ten years, more and more men are having procedures done as well. With surgeries or monthly skin treatments, men want to feel good about their appearance too.
- A fear of Looking Artificial or Overdone
This is a concern for both men and women considering facial plastic surgery. The goal of successful plastic surgery is to look like a more youthful and rejuvenated you. This can be achieved by going to an experienced and qualified doctor who will be able to give you beautifully natural results, without looking overdone. Dr. Turner is an expert at helping you look your best, while still looking like your old self. His goal is to empower you and embrace your individuality.
- Worry about having A Feminine Appearance
One of the most common misconceptions about men having facelifts is that they may appear more feminine, which is not true at all. If you have expressed your desired results to Dr. Turner, your results should help you appear more masculine. A facelift can help give you a more pronounced and defined jawline. Your face will appear more contoured, chiseled, and youthful bringing out more masculine qualities in your face.
Male Facelift FAQs – Questions about facelift for men
Should a man get a facelift?
- Many men wish to rejuvenate their appearance, just like women. They want to look as young as they feel on the inside. Men experience the same signs of aging that women do such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of volume. As men age, they are also more prone to experience loose skin and excess fat in the lower areas of their faces and neck. This can significantly age the face and create an undefined jawline. Some male patients state that they wish to have a facelift to appear friendlier, because as they age their wrinkles make them appear angry and unapproachable. This is important for men seeking a companion and especially those working in a client-based career.
Can a bald man get a facelift?
- Bald men often mistakenly believe that a facelift is not an option for them, but this study demonstrates that this is not true. A facelift can be a great way for a man to rejuvenate his facial appearance, even if he doesn’t have hair to hide the scars. It just takes a surgeon with the experience and skill to do the procedure well.
How many men get facelifts?
- About 1 in 10 people who get facelifts are men. There are different types, including a “mini” facelift. It often takes months for swelling to fully go down from any “lift” procedure.
What is the best age to get a male facelift?
- A facelift is not generally for anyone under the age of 30. In most cases, a facelift works best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s when signs of aging begin to become prevalent.
Are male facelifts worth it?
- If you find yourself looking in the mirror and thinking about the march of time across your face and if you find yourself wishing you could turn back the hands of time, then you may benefit from a facelift—especially if you find that Botox, fillers, or your favorite night creams no longer keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
How can I hide my male plastic surgery?
- Scarves, hats, and glasses can help hide facial plastic surgery. Sunglasses may hide bruises and swelling after eyelid surgery or brow lift.
How many years can a male facelift take off?
- Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
How painful is a male facelift?
- You will feel some pain 2 to 4 days after surgery. You may have some trouble opening your mouth for several days. The skin around the incision probably will be numb. You may have some itching or shooting pain as the feeling returns. But these are all temporary and will pass with time.
- Final results are typically first seen six weeks after your procedure, with ongoing improvements beyond this point unlikely as the healing process fully completes over the coming 12 months.
Is a facelift considered major surgery?
- A facelift often will enhance the appearance of your cheek, jawline and neck region but is considered major surgery. You should think carefully about your specific expectations and communicate your goals to your plastic surgeon.
Is 60 too old for a male facelift?
- Most facelifts are performed on people who are in their late 40s to early 60s. By this age, the majority of people experience the typical signs of aging: sagging skin and excess wrinkles, especially around the lower face and jowls. In most cases, a facelift procedure can make you look ten to fifteen years younger.
What other facial surgery can be combined with a Male Facelift?
- Brow Lift
- Chin Augmentation
- Eyelid Surgery
- Lip Enhancement
- Rhinoplasty – Nose Surgery
Medical References about male Face Lift
“Why should one gender only enjoy all the positives of modern plastic surgery procedures?”
Dr Scott Turner MBBS(Hon), BSc, MS, FRACS(Plast)