4 Considerations when Performing Facelifts in Men

man smilingFacelifts can be excellent procedures for men and women alike who are interested in improving their appearance by treating facial signs of aging. However, when it comes to performing facelifts on men as compared to women, I find that there are four important differences I recommend my male patients take into account when planning their facelift.

1. Avoiding Overly Feminized Appearance

While both men and women may want a youthful appearance, women enjoy softer contours with a focus on alteration of the hairline. By contrast, men usually can benefit from more careful contouring around the jawline, neck and lower face to maintain a masculine appearance.

2. Incision Placement

Because men have heavier facial hair than women, incisions placement must be carefully planned in the male facelift. In my experience, a retrotragal (behind the ear) incision can create the best results in male patients. This may involve removing hair follicles in areas of the skin that end up too close to the inside of the ear to prevent shaving difficulties.

3. More Vascular Skin Means Careful Post-Operative Care

Since men have more vascular skin than women, they can be more susceptible to conditions like high blood pressure, putting them at risk for postoperative hemotomas. To minimize this risk, I may recommend that my male patients use post-surgical drains and keep their compression dressings on for longer than female patients.

4. An Experienced Facelift Specialist

Finally, it’s important to take the time to find a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation for the male facelift. Male facelifts can be particularly difficult to perform and require a higher degree of skill and aesthetic understanding to create the best facelift results.

Is BOTOX® a Better Crow’s Feet Solution than Eyelid Surgery?

Woman smilingBOTOX® Cosmetic and eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, are both common treatments for signs of aging in the eye area, BOTOX® is a nonsurgical injection that relaxes the facial muscles that create dynamic wrinkles, while eyelid surgery addresses overhanging eyelid skin that can give the eyes a drooping appearance. But when it comes to treating crow’s feet—the wrinkles extending from the outer edges of the eyes—is one option better?

The Nature of Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles. This means that they are caused by repeated muscle movements. I find that treating dynamic wrinkles is best done with muscle relaxants like BOTOX®, which temporarily cause the targeted muscles to relax, smoothing out crow’s feet. By comparison, eyelid surgery cannot actually treat crow’s feet, since crow’s feet are not a result of loose or baggy skin.

However, eyelid surgery has other cosmetic uses. I commonly use eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of men and women who have puffy bags under the eyes or redundant eyelid skin that gives the appearance of being constantly tired or obstructs vision. While many of my blepharoplasty patients elect to have the procedure to address signs of aging, others use eyelid surgery to improve their natural eye shape regardless of age.

Combining Procedures

If you’re considering the benefits of either BOTOX® or eyelid surgery, you may find that a combination of both is the right approach for you. While eyelid surgery can bring a refreshed, alert, and youthful appearance to the eyes, BOTOX® can smooth out crow’s feet, frown lines, and under-eye lines, taking years off of your facial appearance.

The 3 Biggest Misconceptions about Lumpectomy

Woman looking at cameraMany women struggling with their breast cancer diagnosis think that a mastectomy is their only option for complete tumor removal. However, a lumpectomy can be an extremely effective method of removing cancerous tissue completely without sacrificing your entire breast. It’s important to clear up the main misconceptions about lumpectomy before you make any final decisions about your breast cancer treatment.

1. Lumpectomy Can’t Be as Effective

This is one of the most common misconceptions about lumpectomy that I hear from my patients. While mastectomy can be an extremely effective method of tumor removal, with modern developments in lumpectomy techniques and with the help of a qualified team of medical specialists, lumpectomy can now be just as effective at removing cancer as a full mastectomy.

2. Lumpectomy Is Only for Small Tumors

Women with larger tumors have historically not been considered candidates for lumpectomy. However, oncologists and oncoplastic surgeons alike have since recognized that cancer treatment before surgery can reduce the tumor size enough in the right patients to qualify them for lumpectomy. Using a customized approach of radiation therapy before and after lumpectomy, I am frequently able to fully remove larger tumors from the right candidates while preserving as much existing breast tissue as possible.

3. Lumpectomy Always Results in Unnatural Breast Contours

Many women fear that lumpectomy always results in unnatural breast contours. However, by combining a lumpectomy with reconstruction in oncoplastic surgery, I work with a team of medical professionals to address both medical and cosmetic concerns simultaneously without compromising on aggressive cancer removal. With an oncoplastic approach, it is possible to preserve your natural breast shape after lumpectomy.

3 Reasons Facelifts Aren’t Just for “Old” People

shutterstock_64608157A facelift restores a more youthful appearance to the face by lifting, tightening, and toning the facial skin and underlying muscles. While the procedure has been common among aging men and women for decades, it carries a certain stigma of being only for particularly elderly patients. There are three main reasons why facelifts aren’t just for “old” people.

1. Everyone Ages at a Different Rate

There are ways to decrease your chance of premature aging with proper skin care, but other factors are outside our control. Genetics play a significant role in how quickly our skin ages, for example, and not everyone has the option of avoiding environmental damages due to where they live or their profession.

Men and women who age at a fast rate can be excellent candidates for cosmetic surgery, even if their chronological age makes them think they’re too young for a facelift.

2. A Facelift Can Help You Put Your Best Face Forward

Coming into older age can feel intimidating for men and women who want to continue to appear young, healthy, and relevant to the professional or dating scene. Many of my patients choose to undergo facelifts even in their 40s or 50s so that they can come into their more mature years with a positive outlook.

3. Customizable Options Allow Facelifts to Address a Range of Concerns

Men and women hoping to look their best right now have a range of facial rejuvenation options to meet their appearance needs, both surgical and nonsurgical. Like many procedures aimed at minimizing signs of aging, facelifts are customized for each individual. In my practice, I take care to create subtle, natural looking facelift results that address the needs of moderate as well as advanced signs of aging.