A rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure that corrects and reduces the signs of aging in targeted areas of the face, such as the jawline, neck, or cheeks.
Men who undergo this procedure are typically trying to address the following:

– Lines and wrinkles that appear between the nose and mouth area
– Saggy cheeks, slackening jawline, and/or jowl development
– Loose skin in the neck and chin area
– Creases below the eyes

However, the main differential factor between a male facelift and a female facelift is where the incisions are placed. Because men don’t have as much hair to cover up incision scars, it is vital to place the incisions in areas that are not as noticeable, such as underneath the chin or in the creases of the ear.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Male Facelift?

A facelift can provide many benefits and enhancements for a man, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if:

– You desire tighter, smoother skin around the face, neck, or jawline, but still would like to maintain a natural, masculine appearance.
– You have good skin elasticity. This procedure involves the pulling and stretching of the skin. Good skin elasticity increases the likelihood of a smooth appearance once you’ve completely healed.
– You are a nonsmoker. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.
– You are in good health overall. This procedure requires a period of healing. Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that would impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you.

If you believe you are a good candidate for the male facelift based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a facelift and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

What Will My Recovery Look Like?

We understand that sometimes it is challenging for men to remain in bed for long periods of time or to ask for help while recovering. However, the recovery period following a surgical procedure is critical to obtaining good, long-term results.

While recovery from this procedure can vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the surgery, we usually suggest a minimum of two weeks off of work in order to rest and heal. If your facelift was combined with another procedure, such as a brow lift, you should allow for more time off.

Immediately following surgery, patients are sent home with bandages around the face and neck that will help to mitigate swelling. However, you can still expect severe swelling and bruising that generally lasts about a week. It is critical to keep the head elevated during this time in order to encourage blood circulation, which will aid in the healing process.

It is extremely important to continue following Dr. Buchanan’s care instructions and always attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

How Long Will My Results Last?

While swelling can last from several weeks to several months, results are visible almost immediately. For men, it is critical to maintain healthy skin care practices, such as regular sun protection and moisturization, in order to prolong results. With age, your skin will naturally lose some of its elasticity, however, subsequent laxity and sagging will be far less severe than before your surgery.

How Much Does a Male Facelift Cost?

The cost of a male facelift surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the number of procedures involved, and where you live. It’s also important to note that the amount above does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered a facelift, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help him achieve his surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Facelift?

In most cases, health insurance companies do not cover a facelift surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. However, specific situations may warrant an exception. We always recommend doing your research before proceeding with any surgery because it is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

While plastic surgery for men has become increasingly popular in recent years, it is still important for men to do their research on potential plastic surgeons. You should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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