Facelift Surgery (for men)
It may come as a surprise to some that one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men is a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy. Some may be coming to an age in which they feel that having a facelift will give them the boost in confidence they need to make better business deals, perform better on the golf course or just want to look younger and more handsome. And why not? Women aren’t the only ones who want to shave off a wrinkle or two.
For any man seeking facelift enhancement in Southwestern Texas, Dr. Frank Agullo’s skilled hands and talented staff offer top notch facelift procedures in a state-of-the art facility. If you’re ready to look five, ten, fifteen or even twenty years younger, the facelift presents your “best face forward” with many tightening, firming and smoothing techniques to bring back your confidence and improve your look.
What can I expect with a facelift?
Think of a facelift much as a “fitting”. When you get a suit tailored, it fits you perfectly. It feels snug, polished, wrinkle-free and tight. Wearing a suit that doesn’t fit properly may look saggy, wrinkled or too loose. During your private consultation with Dr. Agullo, he can talk about any concerns you have about getting a facelift and point to areas that he can help you to enhance. You can show him your points of interest, such as between your eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, chin and other areas of your face to turn your frown lines into a years’ younger appearance.
Getting a facelift can make you feel young again and brand new! Here are some things Dr. Agullo can help to correct with your El Paso facelift surgery for men:
- Lifting sagging skin
- Eliminate double chin or extra baggage on neck
- Smooths out wrinkles and creases
- Corrects awkward facial expressions
- Sharpens jawline
- Restyles bags under eyes or droopy eyelids
By far, facelift procedures are the favorite procedure of men who seek cosmetic treatment by a professional plastic surgeon. Dr. Frank Agullo is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX and is an accredited member of The American Society of Plastic Surgery.
El Paso men’s facelift techniques
Depending on how extensive or how minimal the corrective procedures will entail, he may use one or more of the following choices:
- Full Facelift: Combines many of the corrective procedures below.
- Mid-Facelift: This targets the lower eyes, cheeks and nasal furrows to pull up and tighten any sagging skin that is caused due to loss of elasticity. The surgeon may use an endoscopic procedure that places tiny incisions along the hairline and just on the inside of the mouth. Fat pads in the cheeks are shifted above the cheekbones. Another style is with Endotine bio-absorbable implants to strengthen the sagging tissue.
- Mini-Facelift: A mini facelift is perfect for those who want rejuvenation with less probability of scars and shorter healing time. Some people call this the “weekend lift” because it implies only a few days of downtime, vs. weeks of healing. It targets cheeks, nasolabial folds and neck baggage as well as correcting early signs of aging.
- Neck Lift: This is also called a cervicoplasy or neck lift platysmaplasty in which small incisions around the ears, combined with liposuction can improve the appearance and tightening of the sagging skin around the neck due to loss of elasticity. Say goodbye to double chin!
- Forehead Lift: Frown lines or wrinkles from exposure to the sun can reveal early signs of aging on the forehead. This procedure fixes that by restoring brows to their normal level and by enhancing eyes where they may be sagging or drooping. Many men like the look of a smooth browline and the correction of the deep horizontal lines and creases in the forehead caused by worn facial expressions and loss of elasticity.
Dr. Frank Agullo can help his patients choose the best techniques and recommendations based on case-by-case circumstances. Things like smoking, stress, and poor diet or lifestyle choices can intensify the aging process and make your face look older than you really are. The facelift techniques he uses can literally turn back the hands of time and bring about a renewed sense of self that many men seek going into middle age.
Getting El Paso Rhytidectomy Surgery
Dr. Frank Agullo is recognized as a top cosmetic surgeon. The length of time of your procedure will largely depend on which combination of techniques he will need to perform. Some may require only an hour of surgery, whereas a complete rhytidectomy facial overhaul may require several hours to complete. The recovery process also varies, with some patients getting a mini facelift and being able to present their face to the public again after only a few days, when others who get a more complicated procedure will need a few weeks of healing.
Preparing your body ahead of time is essential to heal quickly. You’ll want to stay as healthy as possible, including quitting smoking or drinking at least a couple of weeks prior to the surgery.
Two weeks before surgery:
On the day of your facelift:
- Avoid exposure to sun or tanning beds (and for two months after surgery).
- Quit smoking to avoid the chance of clots, improper healing or poor.
- Call your doctor if you get any type of sickness, skin infection or flu-like symptoms.
- Ask Dr. Agullo how much time he will recommend you take off from work or other obligations for your particular facelift procedure. Some may be one week, others may require up to four weeks of recovery.
- Don’t take aspirin, natural products or prescription medications containing blood thinners. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Motrin, Green tea, and St. John’s Wort are just a few.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything (even water) after midnight on the day prior to your rhytidectomy.
- Request a friend or relative come with you to give you a ride to and from the surgery. You can’t drive for a few days afterwards and will feel drowsy.
- If you have a mustache or goatee, shave it off at least a week ahead of time. But don’t shave for at least a couple of days prior to your surgery as it opens pores.
Don’t apply any shaving cream or lotion on your face.
- Dr. Frank Agullo will go over whether you choose the IV conscious sedation or general anesthesia. IV conscious sedation may give you faster recovery, however most patients prefer general anesthesia to ensure no recollection of the procedure. The choice is entirely yours to make and our staff has a leading anesthesiologist on staff to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Recovering from facelift surgery
Recovery from having a facelift greatly varies depending on how extensive your procedure. Mini facelifts generally heal much faster than complete facelifts, but this is not the only predicator. It also depends on whether you undergo IV conscious or general anesthesia. All of these variables make it difficult to say exactly how long it will take to recover.
As a rule of thumb, you can expect swelling, soreness, tenderness, stiffness and some discomfort for a few days and then after a week or two the soreness will gradually begin going away. Most people heal within two or three weeks enough to go out in public with their new facelift. It doesn’t happen overnight. You should avoid scheduling any social obligations for some time to allow your face and your body the adequate healing time.
Work requirements also vary. If you just have a few minor cosmetic enhancements, you could return to work in a few days. If the work is more extensive, it will take longer. Dr. Agullo can discuss these concerns with you and advise you as to what is necessary for healing for your particular circumstances.
You can minimize swelling by applying ice packs to your face throughout the first 48 hours after rhytidectomy. It is recommended that you keep your head elevated to minimize swelling. Avoid any sun exposure for a few months, even just going out in the sun you should wear some type of a hat or your skin can develop a rash or splotchy effects. Remember that your skin will feel tender. Certain lotions or creams can aggravate it. Ask your doctor how long it will take before you can shave again.
Alert your doctor if you have any chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or require hospitalization.
What risks are there to facelift surgery?
Anytime you choose to undergo surgery willingly and go through with any form of anesthesia, you will be asked to sign the appropriate consent forms. Make sure you only choose a board certified plastic surgeon with the proper credentials and who will perform the surgery in an accredited facility. Be honest about everything you are taking, including prescriptions, diet, exercise, or any drugs or alcohol which can increase your risk of adverse side effects. Some risks include:
- Improper wound healing or unfavorable scars
- Risks or reaction from anesthesia
- Facial nerve injuries / asymmetry
- Fat necrosis
- Skin numbness / sensation
- Persistent soreness or pain
- Sutures becoming visible or surfacing through skin
- Needing of revisional surgery
Chances are, if you follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon then your procedure will be successful and everything will go as planned.
How much will a men’s facelift cost?
Most insurance companies don’t cover rhytidectomy unless they are due to functional defects that can be traced to disease or an accident that causes injuries to the face. It is best to check. El Paso men’s facelifts cost generally between $5,800 - $15,000, with a lot of the factors mentioned earlier. These costs will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesiologist, operating facility, prescription medications or other related required. Getting a facelift is a positive step in improving your self- confidence. Just make sure you have realistic expectations.