As the number of men getting plastic surgery continues to rise, there is a need for more available information about male-specific procedures and how they might differ from female procedures. For this reason, Dr. Edward S. Kole of The Kole Plastic Surgery Center has put together this article in order to help our male patients be more prepared for their consultation. As always, there are questions that should always be asked during a consultation, and then there are special considerations that should be discussed that pertain to both the individual and the male-adapted surgical procedure. In this article, we focus on what all men need to know before their consultation for a facelift.

Get Your Goals in Mind: During any consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask what you hope to get out of the surgery. You should have an idea in your mind what you want to change, what you want to keep, and what a successful surgery would mean to you. Facelift procedures generally pull the skin tighter to reduce wrinkling and sagging, but the areas of concentration will depend on personal preference and gender. Generally, female facelifts focus more on the eyes, nose, and mouth area, while male facelifts focus on the brow, jawline, jowls and cheeks. Remember, each surgery is unique to the patient, so think about what problem areas you want fixed by the surgery before your consultation so you are able to describe to your surgeon what you hope to get out of the procedure.

Ask Questions: Once you describe what it is you hope to get out of your facelift, your surgeon will talk to you about the procedure itself and how your goals might be obtained. It is important to ask questions during this process to connect your goals with what will actually occur during surgery. How will you correct this skin under my jaw? Will these wrinkles around my eyes disappear? Can you make my cheeks look full again? These are all questions to keep in mind! Like any procedure, it is necessary to be realistic and know what a facelift can and cannot do for you. The best way to figure out what can be done is by asking your doctor questions about the procedure and how he plans on addressing your complaints about the way you currently look.

Consider Scarring: Unlike women, men have less hair to hide their scars. Most men coming for facelifts are between the ages of 45-75, an age that for many men means hairless and balding. If this is the case, it is especially important for you to ask about suture placement and scarring. Facelift surgery leaves small scars where incisions are made, and although they are tiny, they are not invisible. Sutures are generally placed in front of and behind the ears, under the chin, and close to the hairline. If you have a receding hairline or are bald, however, there may not be a way to hide scarring. Ask your surgeon to see pictures of other male facelifts they had performed, and check to see where scars appear. Do these men have hair? Are scars hidden by natural creases? Again, the more you know about how the procedure is performed, the better idea you will have about what is realistic to expect from your facelift.

It is never too early to think about recovery: It might seem unnecessary to ask about what to expect during recovery if you have not yet decided on the procedure, but this should be part of your consultation appointment. Men tend to be less patient when it comes to recovery periods, which can be a result of responsibilities at work, attempts to hide the surgery, or they could be just plain restless. Whatever the reason for the desire to rush the recovery process, it is imperative that men know what to expect so they can prepare to recover appropriately. Men also need to take into consideration certain aspects that women don’t, such as shaving their face and trimming their hair and sideburns. During recovery, men need to pay particular attention to their sutures and should be careful not to damage them, so shaving and hair-trimming is not encouraged for the first week or so.

To discuss your male facelift concerns and to schedule a complimentary private consultation with Dr. Kole, please call the office at 215-315-7655.