Men want plastic surgery.
The number of men seeking cosmetic procedures is increasing, as there is a greater acceptance of male patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. In addition, more men are putting additional time and effort on their appearance. The growth in aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from millennials to baby boomers and interns to chief executives.
A sagging face is just one concern men report in our plastic surgery office. The aesthetic options for a man’s neck and jawline are similar woman’s. We evaluate the anatomy for each patient and assess factors such as the fat, skin, muscle, and bone to help determine appropriate treatment options.
Cosmetic Options for a Man’s Face and Neck
Men considering treatment for a double chin or a weak jawline have several options. Some of these treatments can be performed in younger men, since a weak chin from an overbite occurs from genetics and facial development. Facelift and neck lift procedures to lift loose tissue, however, are generally performed in men over 50.
- Chin augmentation – silicone implant to enhance bone structure and improve definition
- Jowl and Neck liposuction – reduces neck fat and tightens skin
- Neck Lift – reduces excess tissue laxity
- Facial Fat transfer – replenish lost volume
Read more about facelift vs. neck lift in our blog.
Challenges in Male Face and Neck Lift Surgery
Facial surgery, such face and neck lift surgery, is a good option to consider in appropriate male patients. However, one should understand that results and recovery in men will be different as compared to women. While the options for cosmetic surgery are similar, the differences in surgery of the male neck create certain challenges that men should understand.
First, male skin is thick and heavy. The increased skin weight may result in more tissue relaxation after surgery. Plastic surgeons typically don’t over tighten the skin to compensate for the weight, but rather are willing to compromise for a natural, but improved neck. Men, as with women, should look refreshed, not necessarily “done”.
Second, facial hair in men create additional issues. Plastic surgeons tailors the facelift to avoid pulling or distorting the beard, hairline, or sideburns. A man’s short hair can’t hide facelift scars around the ears, so the best plastic surgeons utilize camoflouge techniques to blend scars to be less visible. We utilize techniques to minimize visible scars.
Lastly, men simply tend to bruise and swell more than women with any plastic surgery. This is due to multiple factors, such as thicker skin and facial hair. In addition, men are more likely to have medical conditions (ex. high blood pressure) or to be taking medications (ex. blood thinners) that can prolong recovery. Fortunately, a majority of the bruising or swelling resolves within a couple weeks.
Men and Facial Plastic Surgery
The decision for cosmetic surgery is based on several factors. The individual anatomy and personal preference of each patient are the primary considerations. The best plastic surgeons develop a plan to rejuvenate one’s appearance that is appropriate for the individual. Jowl and neck liposuction alone may be sufficient to provide definition of the jawline in some. Others may require a lower facelift and chin augmentation for adequate improvement of the neck.
Dr. Chaboki specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck. The first step is a consultation to review possible options that are appropriate for you.
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