Men, Look Younger with a Customized Facelift
By Sheryl Pilcher on September 15, 2015
In recent years, facelifts have grown in popularity among men. After all, as a man, you are just as subject to wrinkles and drooping skin as a woman. These signs of aging can take a toll on your appearance and self-confidence. Additionally, if you have a career that requires a public persona, you may face additional pressure to maintain your youthful appearance. Dr. Pilcher proudly offers specialized male facelifts. The basic principles of the procedure are the same for men and women. However, because of anatomical differences, the surgery is a bit more challenging on men. Nevertheless, thanks to Dr. Pilcher’s experience and careful treatment planning, she can perform a low-risk facelift with subtle results. To learn more about facelift surgery for men, contact our San Antonio practice today.
What Happens during a Facelift?
Both male and female facelifts are designed to raise drooping muscles and eliminate extra skin. You will receive local or general anesthesia, depending on your health needs and preferences. When you are comfortable, Dr. Pilcher will create very precise incisions around your ears. Lifting up the skin, she can raise the muscles underneath. Because she will address the musculature of your face, and not only the skin, she can avoid the unnatural, “stretched” look that many people associate with plastic surgery. By placing small sutures, she can keep the muscles permanently lifted for long-lasting results. Then she will trim off any excess skin, carefully replacing the tissues so that they conform to the new contours of your face. Finally, she will close the incisions with sutures. She will place them in a way that will make any remaining scars virtually invisible.
The Difference between Male and Female Facelifts
Although the basic steps are the same, the physical differences between men and women make male facelifts unique. In particular, two factors will change the way that Dr. Pilcher approaches your procedure.
- Skin quality: You naturally have more blood flow and, therefore, thicker facial skin. As a result, Dr. Pilcher will need to raise your skin more than she would on a woman. At the same time, however, she takes a conservative approach to ensure a natural look.
- Incision placement: The biggest difference between male and female facelifts is the location of the incisions. During a female facelift, Dr. Pilcher will place them behind the ears running into the hairline. However, if she uses this same technique in your procedure, your beard will also be lifted up on to the front cartilage of your ears. To avoid this effect, she will typically make the incisions in front of your ears. Scarring will still be virtually undetectable because she will consider your overall facial contours.
Are You a Candidate for a Facelift?
If you struggle with deep creases, fine lines and wrinkles, lost facial volume, or sagging skin, you may be a good candidate for a male facelift. You will enjoy optimal results if you still have some skin elasticity, since the tissues will spring back and adhere to your facial contours more closely. Of course, to undergo any elective surgery, you should have overall good health. If you have an autoimmune disease, a blood disorder, diabetes, or some other condition that could compromise healing, a facelift is not a good option for you. However, if you qualify for treatment, a facelift will be safe and effective.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Pilcher proudly provides both men and women with the outstanding cosmetic care they deserve. Contact our office today to learn more about facelifts and find out if the procedure is right for you.
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