What Are the Benefits of Facelift Surgery for Men?
Getting a facelift can help you feel young again! 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, Texas, and is an accredited member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Am I a Candidate for a Male Facelift?
Men turn to facelift surgery at different ages and stages of their lives. Since all men age differently, there is no required or preferred age. If you are healthy but are unhappy with lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and a facial aesthetic that just doesn’t “fit” you anymore, a facelift may be appropriate for you.
Candidates for facelift surgery for men:
- Are in good overall health
- Do not have any previous medical conditions that can impact their healing
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations of your results
What Is Discussed During My Male Facelift Consultation?
During your private consultation with Dr. Agullo, he can talk about any concerns you may have about getting a facelift and point to areas that he can help enhance. You can show him your points of interest, such as between your eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, chin, and other areas of your face.
At this meeting, Dr. Agullo will:
- Discuss your wishes and expectations for your results
- Evaluate your facial structure and laxity
- Identify the proper facelift technique
- Recommend any combination male plastic surgery procedures
- Take measurements and photos
- Explain how to prepare for your male facelift
How Is a Facelift for Men Performed?
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.
Depending on how extensive or how minimal the corrective procedures will entail, Dr. Agullo may use one or more of the following techniques:
A full facelift combines many of the corrective procedures below.
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. Dr. Agullo 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 bioabsorbable implants to strengthen the sagging tissue.
A mini facelift is perfect for those who want rejuvenation with less probability of scars and a shorter healing time. Some people call this the “weekend lift” because it implies only a few days of downtime, opposed to weeks of healing.
It targets cheeks, nasolabial folds,neck baggage, and early signs of aging.
This is also called a cervicoplasty or neck lift platysmaplasty. 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!
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.
How Should I Prepare for My Facial Rejuvenation Surgery?
Planning and preparation are essential for a quicker and smoother recovery.
Two weeks before surgery:
- 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 results.
- 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. These can include Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Motrin, Green tea, and St. John’s Wort.
On the day of your facelift:
- 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.
What Are Your Concerns?
What Can I Expect for My Facelift Recovery?
Recovery after 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 predictor. 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 — 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.
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 and certain lotions or creams can aggravate it.
Alert your doctor if you have any chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or require hospitalization.
Is My Facelift Painful?
Male facelift surgery is performed under anesthesia (IV conscious or general). Because of this, there will be no pain during the surgery itself. Many patients start to develop discomfort or pain in the hours or days after their surgery.
This can be lessened or alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Will My Facelift Leave Scars?
Any incision will leave a scar. Fortunately for facelift surgery, incisions are made in discreet locations around the folds of the ear and behind the hairline. For men, incisions are placed carefully in the hairline to account for any potential balding over time.
When Will I See My Male Facelift Results?
You will start to notice the results of your facelift immediately; however, the swelling and bruising will camouflage your results for several weeks. Most patients can start to get a full idea of their results after six weeks but healing does continue for several months.
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What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Male Facial Plastic 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, your procedure will be successful and everything will go as planned.
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.
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.
Dr. Frank Agullo will go over whether you choose 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.
Certain shaving creams and lotions can aggravate the skin and certain facelift techniques require more time to heal than others. Ask your doctor how long it will take before you can shave again.
Work requirements 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.
Interested in a Male Facelift?
If you want to learn more about Dr. Agullo’s male facelift or any other male plastic surgery, contact his office by calling (915) 590-7900. Dr. Agullo offers facial rejuvenation procedures for men in El Paso, Texas, and the greater El Paso area.
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