Male Face Lift Overview

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If you are a man thinking about getting a face lift, you are not alone. About 14% of all cosmetic surgical procedures are performed on men and 9% of cosmetic surgery patients are men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2006, more than 9,200 men had a face lift, and another 6,400 had a brow lift, a related procedure.

A male face lift is not that different from a female face lift. To some extent, it does not matter if the face having the lift is male or female. A face lift is a surgical procedure to reduce sagging and wrinkling in the lower face and neck. It can give you a more refreshed look and a more youthful appearance. It can help take several years off your face and help keep your face looking younger.

A face lift for a man cannot correct problems around the eyelids, at the corners of the mouth (unless a mid-face lift is also performed) or wrinkles around the lips.

The amount of improvement you could see after a male face lift depends on how much wrinkling and sagging you have before surgery. If you have a lot of wrinkling and sagging, you may see a dramatic change after your face lift. If the signs of aging on your face are minimal, then the improvements may be subtle, but the aging process can be slowed down a great deal.

Are You a Candidate for a Male Face Lift or Male Rhytidectomy?

Determining whether you are a good candidate for any plastic surgery such as a face lift for men takes thought. You must be in good overall health and free of any active diseases or medical conditions. Uncontrolled pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease will make it difficult to endure the surgery and recovery afterward.

In addition to physical health, you should also be in good mental and emotional health. Healing after surgery can be difficult and slow and can take a great deal of patience and mental stability. Some people go through a period of depression after surgery. Men need to be mentally and emotionally healthy to ensure that this temporary depression does not worsen a pre-existing mental health problem.

A man who is considering a face lift should also have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with your surgeon to ensure that your goals can be attained through surgery. You can look at male face lift before-and-after face lift photos to be sure you are clear about what results are possible with the surgery. Remember, a face lift can help you look younger and more refreshed. It cannot change anything else in your life.

Make sure you understand what the entire cost of a face lift will be. Ask about what the surgeons fee covers and what medical tests will be required. Health insurance will not cover costs associated with cosmetic surgery. You will be responsible for all costs associated with male face lift, but financing can be arranged.

If you are attempting to lose a lot of weight, put off having a face lift until you have reached your goal weight. If you lose a lot of weight after a face lift, you may end up with excess skin and need additional surgery.

Most face lifts are performed as same-day surgery, and you will probably go home that day. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. The surgery can be performed in your surgeons office, a freestanding surgical center, or in a hospital.

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So What Is Different About Male Face Lifts?

There are several different types of face lifts that can be used for men and several different surgical techniques. Some male face lift techniques are designed to improve the appearance over a large surface area of the face. Others are designed to target specific areas of the face. For example, a mid-face lift smoothes and rejuvenates the center area of the face.

There are variations for all of these face lift techniques, and a cosmetic surgeon may choose any of the variations. By combining one or more of these techniques, your surgeon can create a customized procedure for you.

As noted earlier, a face lift procedure on a man is not very different from the same face lift on a woman because the basic structure of male and female faces are not significantly different. But there are some differences between the male and female face that must be taken into account. Men have facial skin that is thicker and has a richer blood supply than women. Men are at greater risk of excessive bleeding or forming a pocket of blood called a hematoma than are women. Generally, men do not wear make-up or longer hairstyles, so that any scarring is less easy to hide than it would be for a woman. Men often have more sun damage to their skin, which may lead your surgeon to suggest other treatments such as skin resurfacing.

Other big differences between men and women are hairlines and beards. Your surgeon will make every effort to ensure that incisions are hidden, even if you have a receding hairline. He or she will also examine the way your beard grows. Because some facial skin is pulled back behind the ears, you may end up having to shave there.

Your surgeon will discuss these matters with you during your consultation. You should also discuss in detail how you want to look after your male rhytidectomy surgery. Tell your surgeon about any concerns you have about cosmetic surgery. Many men want to avoid any dramatic changes and others want to ensure that their face still looks masculine after the procedure. You and your surgeon can discuss how changes to the shape of your jaw, nose, and face can add more masculine elements to your face.

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How a Male Rhytidectomy Procedure Is Performed

Men who are considering having a face lift should have a firm understanding of how the surgery is performed. The surgery takes 3 to 4 hours, depending on the technique used. Other procedures, such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty, can be done in conjunction with a face lift, but will increase the duration of the surgery.

A rhytidoplasty on a man takes place in four stages:

Preparation: This is when you are prepped for surgery. You surgeon will mark you with a pen to indicate where the incisions will be made. Your hair will be secured so that it is out of your surgeons way during the procedure. You will be hooked up to monitors and an intravenous (IV) line will be started so that medications and fluid can be administered.

Anesthesia: You should discuss the choice of anesthesia with your surgeon before the surgery date. Most face lifts are performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the face, and a sedative, which will make you feel drowsy and relaxed. You should not feel any pain, but you may feel some movement of your face as the surgery proceeds. Your surgeon may opt for general anesthesia, where you sleep through the procedure, if you are having other plastic surgery done.

Surgical Procedure: During the actual surgery, your surgeon will follow the pre-marked lines made during the preparation phase. The exact actions involved during the surgery will depend on the type of procedures being performed, but generally, your skin will be separated from the underlying tissue. Excess fat and skin may be removed and the muscles can be tightened to create a more youthful appearance. The skin is then re-draped over the face and sutured into its new position. A dressing is then applied to protect the incisions, keep the tissue securely in place and reduce swelling.

Recovery: During your facelift recovery time, you regain consciousness and are moved to a recovery area where the staff can monitor you for about 2 hours. You may feel some pain, disorientation and nausea, and you may feel hot or cold. The staff can help you with pain relievers, anti-nausea medications, warm blankets and other assistance. The recovery process is similar to other types of lift surgery in the facial area. Learn about neck lift surgery recovery and neck lift cost by visiting All About Facial Rejuvenation.

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