Facelift for Men

Male facelifts are very different than their female counterparts. To begin with, men like to wear their hair short, so it makes hiding of surgical incision lines more technical. In addition, men do not want the stigma of having others know that they have undergone cosmetic surgery. As a result, it is critical to hide their surgical incision lines when feasible. This prerequisite requires a conservative pull of the temple skin and the posterior neck skin in order to avoid tension and a resultant surgical scar at all costs. Furthermore, the incision is leveled against the hairline follicles to allow for the growth of the hair follicles through the incision line.

Another consideration of the incision line is that it must accommodate the sideburn that is present only in males. This requires a rectangular incision line design that follows the hairline sideburn. Specifically, the incision lines along the sideburn must be straight lines and cut at 90-degree angles. The sideburn must also be acknowledged when trimming the redundant skin and transposing the facial skin back up. This is because the beard line must line up with the sideburn in order to avoid a hairline step off deformity between the sideburn and beard line. As such, patients are asked to have a small stubble showing on the day of surgery so that these two anatomical landmarks can be lined up. This means shaving the day before and not on the day of surgery!

A final consideration for male facelift surgery is making sure that the hair follicles of the beard line are not traumatized during surgery. As such, the skin flap layer must be dissected in a slightly deeper plane than in female facelifts. Injury to the follicles will result in hair loss and compromise of a smooth beard line. In addition, the skin layer possesses larger blood vessels that nourish larger and more dense hair follicles in men compared to women. As a result, blood thinners must be stopped at least one month prior to surgery as men are much more vulnerable to surgical oozing of blood.

The Facelift for Men Procedure

A facelift for men requires the creation of a masculinized male profile that is depicted by the elimination of skin redundancy from the neck, jowls, and cheeks to create a chiseled look.


Male facelift surgery can be performed in 2.5 hours.


A facelift for men can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

Place of Treatment

Surgical suite.

Side Effects

Residual skin looseness may occur in the neck due to skin recoil.


Male facelift surgery patients will require 10 days of recovery prior to returning to non-physical work. Patients can expect to go out to dinner with friends and family as early as two weeks following surgery.

Duration of Outcomes

A facelift for men traditionally provides permanent results and patients can expect to age naturally.


This surgery refers to gender-specific considerations and modifications of techniques developed for traditional facelift surgeries.

You are a good candidate for male facelift surgery if you are desiring a more chiseled face and neck contour line.

First, your face and neck will be evaluated to tally all of your aging changes that can include deepened nasojugal groove, prominent nasolabial fold, prominent jowls, and fullness in the neck. You will also be counseled regarding stopping any blood thinners and grooming of your sideburn in preparation for surgery.

The most common concern following male facelift surgery is to observe slight recurrence in the neck skin redundancy. This is because neck skin has a recoil propensity despite being pulled effectively.

Male facelift surgery is performed by being cognizant of male features, priorities, and anatomical nuances specific to men.

Male facelift surgery recovery is tolerable with minimal pain. In fact, a good majority of our patients do not take any pain pills following the first night. You will be required to wear a neck bra for the first week following surgery.

Male facelift surgery utilizes a limited incision line that is placed strategically to heal with hidden incision lines.

There are negligible scars following male facelift surgery since the resection of skin is performed conservatively so that the tension on the incision line is minimized and the incision is made to allow for the hair follicles to grow through the incision.

You will be able to return home following male facelift surgery.


Just like in the female facelifts, the male facelift surgery is a dual plane facelift involving pull of the skin as well as the fascial or SMAS layers. The SMAS elevation and pull is integral to achieving natural facelift results.

Although facial incisions will heal quickly following facelift surgery, it is prudent to avoid heavy exercise for one month to allow for the elevated skin of the cheeks and neck to heal back down.

You will notice an improvement in your face and neck appearance right away following male facelift surgery. However, you may notice some swelling in the temples that will resolve over the first month.

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