What's the Difference Between a Male and Female Facelift?


There is a false assumption that facelift surgery is exclusively reserved for female patients. However, many male patients can also benefit from both a facelift and/or neck lift. Men are just as eligible for this type of facial rejuvenation surgery as women, though a man’s needs are slightly unique. Some slight changes are required to provide the same natural-looking results for men as the procedure can provide for women. For example, during a routine facelift procedure, the surgery involves the placement of incisions along the hairline and behind and around the ears. These incisions are purposely well-hidden to reduce the chance of post-operative scarring, and the tell tale signs of plastic surgery, but they have to be placed slightly different on a male verse a female.

For men who decide to undergo this procedure, it is important to note that the physiology of the male face can create challenges for the surgeon, such features like side burns and facial hair. There are other considerations men must make, including:
  • Firmer ligament supports are more common for men’s faces than women’s faces, potentially making manipulation more difficult.
  • The male face is often larger and heavier, especially around the neck and jaw area.
  • Higher amount of vascular skin on male faces could increase the risk of post-operative bleeding.
  • Hair follicles create an obstacle on the male face. Facial plastic surgeons must be skillful and careful when making incisions and adjustments to ensure the hairline looks natural.
While these differences are important to note, they will not impede the facelift surgery or affect the results if the chosen surgeon understands the differences and adapts to them. When looking for the right facial plastic surgeon, ensure that he or she knows the difference between male and female facelifts.

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Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon