Facelift for Men

Enhance your confidence & appeal with a facelift.

Men are beginning to acknowledge what many women have known for years: sagging skin, heavy jowls, and deep facial folds make them appear older and more tired than they feel. It’s not a vanity thing either. Whether others perceive you as healthy and energetic—or haggard and beat down—can have a real influence on personal and professional relationships.

If the man you see in the mirror isn’t what you like, facelift surgery with Dr. Samir Pancholi can help. Using surgical techniques designed to maintain your naturally masculine characteristics and conceal evidence of incisions, Dr. Pancholi can firm sagging skin, lessen creases, and restore a naturally youthful look to the lower face and neck.

How facelift surgery can help

  • Correct the “turkey wattle” that results from sagging neck skin
  • Reduce heavy jowling
  • Restore a stronger, masculine jawline contour
  • Take years (and pounds) off your appearance
  • Enhance your self-confidence
  • Help others perceive you as more attractive, vibrant, and capable

The key to a great male facelift result

Men have naturally thicker skin and heavier features. A cosmetic surgeon must negotiate the stronger, tougher connective tissue in the face while also keeping a lighter hand when lifting and repositioning tissues to retain an appealing level of gravitas in the patient’s features.

Hair and beard growth also play a major role in the outcome. When performing a facelift for men with thinning hair, as well as those who prefer a shaved head, a cosmetic surgeon must employ particular surgical artistry to hide the facelift incision, especially in the temple area, as well as reposition the skin and underlying tissue while maintaining a natural beard and sideburn line.

A fatty or “jowly” area around the chin is also a concern for many men. In younger patients, liposuction may be sufficient to correct this problem. Older patients may require a full facelift and neck lift, which may include the removal of excess skin and tightening the area muscles, on each side of the neck. Additionally, a facelift could be combined with a submentoplasty for those concerned with stubborn fat deposits under the chin.

Having performed facelifts for men for over 10 years, Dr. Pancholi takes all of these unique issues into consideration and tailors his technique to achieve a patient’s desired improvements while ensuring a natural looking result.

  • Reduction of Visible Aging Signs: A facelift can significantly reduce signs of aging by addressing sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and fine lines, particularly around the lower face and neck.
  • Improved Facial Contour: The procedure can enhance the overall contour of the face, restoring a more youthful and toned appearance, especially in the jawline and cheek areas.
  • Long-Lasting Results: While no cosmetic procedure can halt the aging process, the results of a facelift are typically long-lasting compared to non-surgical treatments.
  • Tightened and Smoother Skin: A facelift tightens loose skin and smooths out wrinkles, providing a fresher and more youthful facial texture.
  • Enhanced Jawline Definition: For men looking to achieve a sharper, more defined jawline, a facelift can provide significant improvements.
  • Minimally Visible Scarring: Incisions are typically made in inconspicuous areas, such as behind the hairline or ear, minimizing visible scarring.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Modern facelift techniques focus on natural-looking rejuvenation, avoiding an over-tightened or “pulled” appearance.
  • Anesthesia – Medication used to prevent pain during surgery. It can be general (rendering the patient unconscious) or local (numbing a specific area).
  • Submentoplasty – A surgical procedure that specifically targets the neck area to remove excess skin and fat, often performed in conjunction with a facelift.
  • Deep Plane Facelift – A type of facelift surgery that involves repositioning the deeper layers of facial muscles and tissue, not just the skin, for more lasting and natural-looking results.
  • Dermal Fillers – Injectable substances used to smooth wrinkles, restore volume, and enhance facial contours. While different from surgical facelifts, they are often mentioned in the context of non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy) – A surgical procedure to reduce signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues, and re-draping the skin on the face and neck.
  • Jowls – The sagging skin below the jawline and chin, often targeted in a facelift to create a more defined jawline.
  • Male Aesthetics – Refers to cosmetic procedures, like facelifts, tailored specifically for male patients, focusing on maintaining or enhancing masculine facial features.
  • Mid-Face Lift – A surgical technique focusing on the middle of the face, including the cheeks and lower eyelids, to lift and rejuvenate the area.
  • Mini-Facelift – A less invasive version of a traditional facelift, targeting primarily the lower face and neck with shorter incisions and potentially quicker recovery time.
  • Platysmaplasty – A surgical procedure that tightens the platysma muscle in the neck, often part of a comprehensive facelift to improve neck contour.
  • Recovery Period – The time needed after surgery for healing and the reduction of swelling and bruising.
  • SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) – A layer of tissue deep within the skin and subcutaneous tissue; tightening the SMAS during a facelift can lead to more durable results.
  • Submental Liposuction – The removal of excess fat from under the chin, often performed as part of a facelift procedure to enhance the jawline and neck contour.

About the facelift procedure

Dr. Pancholi performs facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure at fully accredited surgical centers in Las Vegas. Our facelift options for men prioritize a personalized approach, considering individual anatomy and aesthetic goals. Dr. Pancholi offers the deep plane facelift for natural, long-lasting results with discreet incisions, and the SMAS facelift for a traditional approach, preserving underlying ligaments. Additional techniques like liposuction and fat grafting may be incorporated for refined results tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Video transcript

“So one of the things that you’re hearing a lot about right now are deep plane facelifts. What is a deep plane, and how is it different than anything else? When we look historically over the different types of facelifts, people used to just go and pull the skin back. These are people that you probably look at and just be shocked at why do they look that way. Other times you see people that look much more natural with their facelift, and why is that? So, the deep plane is when we go under the skin, but not right under the skin, the actual muscles and the structures under the skin. If we can lift them up, then we get a much more natural appearance.

A way to go and see what the difference of these things would be is if you go in the mirror and you just pull your skin back, you’re going to look kind of odd. But instead, if you go and you lie down on your bed flat without a pillow, hold the mirror up and look at yourself. Everything has gone and slid backward. That’s a deep plane facelift. That’s the difference in how you look and why you want to look that way instead of having your hands pulling your skin back.”–Dr. Samir Pancholi

After your facelift, expect some swelling and bruising initially. This will usually resolve in about a week. You will wear an elastic strap around your neck, which will help the tissues heal and minimize swelling—wear this around the clock for the first week, and at least 12 hours a day for the second week. At this point, you should be ready to return to a desk job. You can return to minor physical activity in a couple weeks and full activity in about a month.

Video transcript

“When we start talking about recovery with brow lifts, face lifts, and neck lifts, the biggest thing is the pain tends to go away after about a week or so. However, because there’s so much blood supply there, we don’t want you exercising, getting your heart rate up, or blood pressure up. That includes even doing things around the house. We just want you to relax for a little bit and certainly not go to work if you have a physical job. On the other hand, if you have a desk job, you should be pretty mentally clear to be able to do that type of work after a couple of weeks. Going into public is a little bit different, and you should wait 3 to four weeks before considering doing anything that requires you to be in front of the public.”–Dr. Samir Pancholi

Schedule a consultation

A personal consultation with Dr. Pancholi will really help you understand what unique circumstances your face presents and what specific procedures will help achieve your best result. Call or contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pancholi.

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