Facelifts 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.