September 22, 2015
It might come as a surprise, but nevertheless it is true that facelifts are one of those minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries which are being rampantly embarked upon by men. The motivations of course differ. Some ambitious men want to continue their journey up the corporate ladder and they are afraid that signs of natural aging might be a hindrance for their ambitions. Others just want to look as young as they feel. Whatever the motivation might be, the number of men getting facelifts has dramatically escalated, as can be witnessed by the statistics given by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ASAPS.
What does a facelift include?
A facelift is basically a cheek lift and a neck lift. It smooths out the surface wrinkles and replenishes lost fat in the skin with the help of fat injections. There are four basic stages in a rhytidectomy similar to any other surgery.
3. Surgical Procedure
What changes can a facelift bring?
In order to comprehend what changes a facelift would bring for you or what you can possibly expect from a facelift, you need to comprehend what exactly a facelift is. You can understand the concept best by thinking of a facelift in terms of fitting. Just as a tailored suit fits you perfectly, so does ‘facelift’. It would give you a polished and a wrinkle-free look with skin that appears tight and snug. Furthermore, before getting a facelift, you can have a detailed discussion you’re your plastic surgeon and convey your expectations to him along with pointing out your areas of interest. On a general scale, you can expect the
following changes from a facelift:
1. It can help you get rid of double chins or any extra baggage on your neck which you want to remove.
2. Just as the name suggests, it lifts up your sagging skin.
3. All creases and wrinkles may be smoothed out with a facelift.
4. Your jawline gets contoured and sharpened.
5. Any droopy eyelids or bags under the eyes might be removed.
Is a male facelift different from a female facelift?
There used to be a general perception that women would be more interested in facelifts and other cosmetic procedures of the like kind, however it turns out that men too cherish their youth and beauty and want to go for a youthful, rejuvenated look.
There is not much difference present between a male facelift and a female one. In fact, it might be asserted that whether the face is male or female doesn’t make much difference when getting a facelift. What a facelift actually does is take several years off your face and leave you looking refreshed and younger.
However having said that, men generally need a mid-face lift too if they want to correct any problems present around their eyelids or corners of the mouth = since rhytidectomy alone would not do that. A male facelift would more be concerned with your wrinkled and sagging skin and the amount of improvement that you see after the surgery would be in direct proportion to the condition of skin before surgery. For instance, if your skin is heavily wrinkled and is badly sagging then once your surgery is done, you might notice a dramatic change in your skin. However, if you have minimal aging signs then the improvement made during your facelift surgery would also be subtle. Nevertheless, the aging process would indeed undergo a regression.
Also, you ought to get your facelift from a surgeon with expertise, otherwise a badly done rhytidectomy might feminize your face.
Are you a good candidate for getting a male facelift?
Facelifts sound exciting because they give you your lost years back without any severe bruising or lengthy recovery times. However, several factors have to be taken into account before getting a rhytidectomy.
The first consideration is your overall health. You ought to be in a good healthy condition and should be free from any medical ailments or active diseases.
If you are a patient of uncontrolled asthma, heart disease or diabetes then surgery and consequent recovery might be a daunting task for you.
Emotional and mental health is also mandatory along with physical health in order to ensure that your healing process is smooth and successful.
You should be realistic as far as your post-surgery expectations are concerned. Hold discussions with your plastic surgeon prior to the surgery in order to make sure that your desired goals are attained.
You ought to remember at all times that facelift is not a ‘life-miracle’. It can make you look younger and rejuvenated but it cannot alter anything else in your life.
You should also be fully aware of the entire surgery costs. Make sure you have all the grounds covered including the surgeon’s fee and all the mandatory medical tests. Remember that generally health insurance doesn’t cover any cosmetic surgery related costs.
If you are thinking of losing weight, then do so before the surgery, otherwise you will again end up with excessive sagging skin which would require additional surgery.
Generally, many face-lifts are a same-day surgery and you will have to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
What is distinctive about male facelifts?
As noted earlier, there isn’t any dramatic difference present between male and female facelifts, however men do have some characteristics features which need to be given due consideration.
For instance, man have a thicker facial skin with a richer supply of blood. Consequently, men are at greater risks of excessive bleeding or forming hematomas. Any scarring left from the surgery is difficult to be disguised since men do not wear makeup or have long hairstyles. Generally men have extensive exposure to sun as compared to women due to which the surgeon might suggest additional procedures such as skin surfacing.
For men, hairlines and beards are another important consideration. The surgeon has to make sure that your incisions are well-hidden even if you have a receding hairline. The way your beard grows would also have to be taken into account.
Before embarking upon the surgery, discuss these details with your surgeon carefully in order to make sure that you end up with desired and successful results.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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