How Do Male Facelifts Differ From Female Facelifts?
Posted on: March 20, 2020 in Millennial Facelift
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Facelift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that smooths the wrinkles and repositions the sagging tissues in the face, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance. This procedure can be performed on both men and women, and while the overall purpose of a facelift is the same between genders (to restore youthful contours), the procedure is not identical.
Men and women’s faces have physical differences. Knowing these differences is important when performing facial rejuvenation in men because you do not want to feminize their features, and you want them to look younger naturally (e.g. “Hey Jeff, did you lose weight? Because you look great!”)
Dr. Joshua Halpern’s background (which included being an art student at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) has definitely been a major positive influence when he performs facelift rejuvenation on men (and women).
Why Would Men Consider Facelift Surgery?
While women are statistically more likely to undergo facelift surgery than men, men are turning to the facial rejuvenation in greater numbers than ever before. The desire to look youthful and stay competitive in the business or dating world crosses genders, and men are becoming comfortable with the idea of achieving this youthfulness through cosmetic means.
So, with more men considering facelift surgery, how does this procedure differ between men and women?
Incision Placement Matters
Facelift incisions tend to run along the hairline so that the hair can easily conceal the resulting scars. Unfortunately, men tend to lose their hair more often and quicker than women. Therefore, facelift scarring can be more identifiable on a man.
Even though Dr. Halpern utilizes his Finesse technique with the Millennial facelift—a practice that requires smaller incisions and results in less bruising, bleeding, and scarring, there are still incisions made, and placement still matters when performing facelift surgery on a man.
Dr. Halpern does everything in his power to ensure that the scars are camouflaged, making them difficult to see. Dr. Joshua Halpern had one patient grow a goatee. When he went back to work two weeks after surgery, his secretary said, “Mr… that goatee looks great on you. You look 15 years younger!”
I had a dentist who told his family he was having jaw surgery. The day after surgery, his daughter told him, “that jaw surgery took years off your face.”
Blood Supply Should Be Taken Into Account
Men have a richer blood supply than women. This causes their face to bleed more during surgery and puts them at a higher risk of developing hematoma (the collection of blood under the skin) following facelift surgery.
Because of the difference in blood supply, precautions must be taken during the male facelift to ensure a safe surgery and a healthy recovery.
Facial Structure Are Not the Same
Men and women do not have (or want) the same facial structure. Whereas women tend to desire more oval facial contours with high cheekbones and narrow chins, men traditionally want more squared-off faces with stronger, more prominent jawlines.
Because the ultimate facial shape is different, the techniques used in male facelift surgery and female facelift surgery must be tailored to gender. This will help ensure that the tissues are tightened and repositioned in the correct place and will uphold the patient’s desired outcome.