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A Closer Look at the Male Facelift

Whether you’re meeting someone new or hanging out with old friends, it’s your face that usually gets the most attention. So when your face starts to age, it’s only natural to want to learn what you can do to reverse those signs and feel like your youthful self again.

Facelift surgery is a time-tested method of rejuvenating the aging face, repositioning and lifting sagging tissue so your face and jawline look firmer and more defined. In fact, facelift surgery is one of the most popular types of cosmetic enhancements among men, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

If you’re a guy who’s considering a facelift, one of the most important steps you can take is selecting a surgeon with experience performing male facelifts. That’s because even though the general facial features are the same among women and men, the underlying anatomy can be different. 

Chelsea Snider, MD, has significant experience in facelifts for men, along with other cosmetic enhancements tailored just for the needs and aesthetic goals of our male patients at Vida Bela Plastic Surgery. If you're considering a facelift, here's why selecting an experienced surgeon like Dr. Snider is so important.

Facelift goals

Men and women both turn to facelifts to help them look younger. But what constitutes a more youthful result can vary a lot. While women tend to look for a youthful lift with softer lines and contours, men tend to prefer a more rugged or “chiseled” look, with a jawline, chin, and other features that are more prominent and well defined.

Loose neck skin and folds are another common concern for many men. Sometimes called a turkey gobbler or wattle, sagging neck skin doesn’t just age you — it can also make it difficult to shave.

Dr. Snider works closely with you and listens to your concerns about how your face is aging, as well as the goals you want to achieve. The surgical plan she maps out is based on those goals and your underlying facial anatomy to achieve a youthful, masculine harmony.

Facial anatomy

Facelifts for men also need to take into account differences in facial anatomy between men and women. For instance, women tend to have thinner skin and weaker muscles and ligaments. While that can trigger earlier signs of aging, it also means less manipulation is needed to bring those sagging elements back into position.

Men tend to have thicker skin and supportive tissue. Repositioning the skin and underlying tissue requires different techniques to achieve that lifted, natural-looking result.

Often, the incision location differs as well. In female patients, the incision typically is placed around and behind the little flap at the side of the ear (the tragus). In men, the incision may need to be placed in front of that flap to avoid issues with beard growth in the area. Similar changes are usually necessary when a temporal incision is made in order to preserve normal sideburn growth.

Facial dynamics

Differences in facial anatomy also influence the way your face moves when you make an expression. Achieving a natural result depends on a deep understanding of anatomy, including the underlying bone and muscle tissue. 

This is where the medical science of the male facelift joins with the artistic and aesthetic skills of the surgeon. Dr. Snider’s experience in performing male facelifts is an invaluable asset for making sure men feel confident and satisfied with their results.

Depending on your specific goals, Dr. Snider may recommend additional procedures, like brow lifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, or even liposuction. 

Learn more about facelifts for men

Feeling confident in your appearance is important for your personal life and your professional life, too. To learn how a facelift can help you reverse the unwanted effects of aging, call our Plano and Frisco, Texas, office or book a consultation online today.

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