A facelift is a surgery that tightens one’s underlying facial muscles and removes excess skin. As men age, they tend to lose contours in the face and neck regions. A facelift can help improve the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat and tightening underlying muscles. Men aren’t necessarily afraid of having plastic surgery, but they are concerned about looking like they’ve had plastic surgery – they prefer to have results that don’t look obvious. A facelift is designed to help you look younger and regain your sense of confidence. Men often seek a facelift as their cosmetic surgery of choice to stay competitive in the workforce, to keep up with a spouse who regularly obtains anti-aging treatments and/or to feel a boost in self-assurance in their daily lives.
Facelifts for men are most effective for patients who want to correct:
The most common surgery performed on men who are concerned about their appearance are procedures performed to improve and rejuvenate the neck. As men age, the chin and jawline become less defined, with extra fatty tissue depositing itself under the chin. This usually begins in the late thirties and early forties. In the late forties to early fifties, the neck skin begins to sag. As time goes on, a “turkey neck” with large amounts of skin underneath the neck and vertical bands begins to form. Those vertical bands represent the neck muscles called the platysma that loosen with gravity and time.
Men are as sensitive about their “turkey neck” as women are, but often do not want a face-lift. The good news is there both minimally invasive surgical treatments and some non-invasive treatments that can rejuvenate a man’s neck. Whether a surgical treatment is necessary to tighten the jawline and neck depends upon the degree of loosening and that will be evaluated by Dr. Clark during your consultation.
Dr. Clark believes that the facelift should be tailored to fit each man’s specific needs. When performing a facelift on a man, he performs the surgery differently than with his female patients in order to maintain a natural appearance that is not feminized. Because of their masculine structure, thicker skin, and placing incisions to accommodate for a man’s beard line, the procedure may take a bit longer. It may also require additional surgical procedures, such as facial implants, as well as liposuction of the neck, injectables and/or skin resurfacing which all work to enhance the results of a facelift procedure.
These details matter when performing plastic surgery on males and they’re important because men want to look like themselves, simply rejuvenated. Successful plastic surgery is about producing subtle changes that solve the issues without making you look different but do make you look better. A good result isn’t about looking different, it’s about looking more refreshed and projecting a more powerful and confident appearance.