It used to be that of you were a man and you wanted a facelift, you were an anomaly. That is no longer the case. Many men today put as much care into their looks as women. You work out hard at the gym, eat right and invest in high end skin care to keep yourself looking and feeling more youthful. But at a certain point, Father Time catches up with us all.
Non-surgical procedures such as injectables and lasers can certainly revitalize the face. But they can not address significantly loose or sagging skin. With a surgical male facelift, Dr. Robert Whitfield is able:
A male facelift can make you look as young as you feel. This can be important for men who are retiring later and want to stay competitive both professionally and personally.
Dr. Whitfield performs both traditional and short-scar male facelifts using the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System) technique. In the past, the downside of facelift surgery was that it could make a patient look pulled or “done”.
The SMAS, which is a thin layer of connective tissue or fascia located beneath the skin and fat, but above the muscle, actually interconnects the muscles of the face, mid-face and neck. By working at this deep level, there is no pulling on the skin. Instead, the skin is re-draped over your newly tightened muscles. So when this technique is used by a very experienced surgeon such as Dr. Whitfield, it can deliver a truly natural looking result.
It is vital when considering any kind of facial rejuvenation to be assessed in person. The male facelift consultation, at one of our three convenient Austin locations (Lakeway, Round Rock, Westlake Hills), is a chance for you to get to know Dr. Whitfield and vice versa. As a man himself, he is uniquely qualified to understand your needs, fears and concerns.
During your male facelift consultation, he will listen to what is bothering you about your face. He will then assess your facial anatomy, examining skin tone and elasticity, the position of your brow as well as the muscle laxity in your neck. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. This may include a male facelift alone or in combination with a male neck lift, male upper and/or lower blepharoplasty and fat grafting.
The main difference between the male and female facelift is incision placement. Men tend to wear their hair cut short. Some may even have a receding hairline. Both of these things can make it more difficult to hide the incisions. This is why with most of his male patients, Dr. Whitfield performs a short scar facelift. In this technique, there are no incisions placed behind the ears where they might be more visible.
The other consideration with male patients is their sideburns and beard. It’s vital for the surgeon to assess how your beard grows, and devise a treatment plan that takes this into account. You don’t want the incisions to affect your sideburns if possible. The goal of a successful male facelift is to turn back the clock without feminizing the face. While the technique for men and women is the same, the aesthetic is different. A masculine face has a more vertical vector with a square shape and a clean, defined jawline.
Dr. Whitfield is sensitive to the fact that no patient wants a visible scar. But this is where his experience and years of training really come into play. He is meticulous in the making and closing of his incisions. Because of this, his male facelift scars are well hidden and therefore, practically invisible.
A male facelift is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center. Some patients may desire to stay overnight under the supervision of a nurse. Others may choose to go home with a caregiver such as a family member. You will need some help for the first few days after your procedure. Dr. Whitfield advises his male patients to be extremely careful about no heavy lifting or exercise that will elevate the heart rate during your first 2 weeks post op.
You will be examined the morning after surgery. Dr. Whitfield will assess your skin and soft tissues and remove any drains. You will come back in 7-10 days to have your sutures removed.
You can expect your face to be bruised and swollen. The swelling tends to reach its peak at 3-4 days after surgery so be patient and kind to yourself as your body heals. Depending on how many procedures you have done, you may be swollen anywhere from 1-4 weeks. While your final results may take up to 6 months, you should notice an improvement after the first week.
To find out more about a male facelift with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at (877) 785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.