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It is a myth that only women prefer facelifts. Although women have historically made up the vast majority of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, times and social mores have changed. More and more adults, both sexes included, are turning to cosmetic treatments to boost their confidence, slow the signs of aging or better compete for jobs and romantic partners.

The facelift is one of the most common cosmetic procedures because of its ability to restore youthfulness to the face, neck and chin. Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) tightens underlying tissue and removes loose skin for a rejuvenated appearance. Men and women alike look up to ten years younger following the surgery, depending on their starting appearance.

If you are a man considering this procedure, you might be wondering if there is a difference between male and female facelifts. Yes, there is — both in surgical techniques required and in gender-related motivational reasons.

Hence, you should seek the services of a knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Eric Cerrati, who is experienced in gender-specific procedures for an optimal outcome. He understands the anatomical differences and will employ the best techniques for ideal aesthetic results and recovery time.

Male Motivations for Getting a Facelift Versus Female Motivations

Most males get facelifts to look tougher, while women get them to look more delicate. Therefore, the aesthetic goal of a male facelift is to create a more pronounced jawline and get rid of the “turkey gobbler” folds around the neck. On the other hand, the female facelift aims to volumize the mid-face region and remove wrinkles and jowls. However, both sexes use cosmetic surgery to look younger and feel better.

Facelift Techniques Are Different for Male Facelifts

Men’s faces tend to be bigger, particularly around the jawline. They also have more vascular structures and stiffer ligaments, making aesthetic enhancements more challenging. Furthermore, men’s skin is 25% thicker because of their higher testosterone levels and collagen density. This last factor is why men age better than women and usually do not need a facelift until they are much older. To compare, women’s facial skeletons and ligaments are weaker, making surgery easier.

Additional anatomical differences include:

  • Male foreheads are broader.
  • Male eyebrows are less arched.
  • Male noses are longer and wider.
  • Male cheekbones are flatter.
  • Male chins are less pointy; often flat.
  • Facial hair can dictate incision type and place, as surgeons must be careful not to damage hair follicles.

Your male facelift surgery might comprise multiple procedures to address all your cosmetic concerns. For example, blepharoplasty can help puffy, saggy, wrinkled eyes; rhinoplasty can correct a misshapen nose; chin augmentation can make a weak chin more masculine; orthognathic surgery can give you strong jaw lines; a neck lift can address sagging skin and creases under your face.

Whatever you decide, Dr. Cerrati uses advanced yet conservative procedures for natural-looking results. Contact our office when you are ready for a reliable male facelift.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Based on 141 reviews
Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!