The Male Facelift Procedure

About Dr. Hootan Zandifar

Dr. Hootan Zandifar is board-certified in Otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Zandifar is the director of the Skin Center at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers.

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What is a realistic outcome for the male facelift?

Question: I’m a 55-year-old male and have noticed sagging of my skin around the jaw lines. I think I need a facelift. However, I am afraid that the scar in front of the ears will become too obvious. I’ve also seen pictures of men who have had facelifts and they look more feminine afterwards. Some look really stretched out, like their skin was tightened too much. Does a male facelift have to look like that? Is there a way to get a facelift as a male and still look masculine?

Male Facelift Before and After

Discussion: The male facelift procedure is a great procedure when done in a subtle way.  In the hands of a competent surgeon, it can look natural and have little down time.  The incisions heal nicely and are hidden in natural creases of the face.  There is no reason why a male patient should look more feminine after a facelift.

A facelift is technically a very complicated procedure.  It requires careful attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of anatomy.  The most important factor, though, is a critical eye.  When too much skin is removed and skin is pulled too tight, it gives the illusion of a feminine appearance to the face.  This is the classic “done” look that men fear. Once this happens, nothing can be done to correct this.  Unfortunately, the patient must continue to age and allow their skin to slowly sag again.  Therefore the surgeon must correctly estimate the amount of skin tightening that is required.

The most critical thing is to find someone with expertise in male facelifts.  The irreversible, over-tightened appearance of a bad facelift is feminizing and is the most dreaded outcome of a male facelift.  Therefore, it is critical to find a surgeon who has experience and can show you examples of well-done male facelifts

Key Points

Male facelift procedure is a great way to look the way you feel.  A properly performed procedure results in a natural appearing face with little to no sign of surgery.

When done incorrectly, the results are irreversible.

Experience matters the most.  You want your facial plastic surgeon to be especially trained in the care of the cosmetics of the face and a fellowship with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery is a great way to assure that level of training.


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