In a time where youth is equated with vigor and enthusiasm, looking young and topical becomes more important than ever. Whether it is the executive, the salesperson, or the man in the public eye, they are seeking facelifts in record numbers. The ASAPS statistics for this year indicate that men have awoken to the idea of refreshing their look.
One of the big trends that encourages men to have plastic surgery is the availability of minimally detectable plastic surgery. Dr. Moelleken believes that cutting edge techniques allow male facelift patients to achieve a naturally rejuvenated appearance, preserving the core masculine facial structure, and, above all, avoid detection.
The Jack Lemmon, Kenny Rogers, or Bruce Jenner’s appearance of aggressive surgery is no longer acceptable to patients seeking Dr. Moelleken’s expertise. Rather, above all patients want to avoid detection while looking significantly better.
There are a number of distinctive factors that must be taken into consideration when performing a facelift on a male patient, such as:
- Men tend to have larger faces, stronger ligamentous supports, heavier necks, and more vascular skin than women. The NeckLace® with its aggressive deep layer tightening is ideally suited to male patients.
- Incision placement must account for the male beard and hair growth patterns in order to maintain the natural direction of the patient’s hair growth.
- Because of the weightiness of male facial tissue, anchoring techniques must be strategically employed to conceal the incisions inside the ear, around the earlobe, and inside the hairline.
- Jawline shaping and hairline-sparing techniques prevent a feminizing effect while defining and strengthening the male facial contours.
- Male patients are more susceptible to post-operative complications such as high blood pressure and hematomas. Close monitoring after surgery, along with preemptive measures (i.e. leaving drains and compression dressings in place for a longer period of time) can help patients avoid these potential issues.
At Moelleken Plastic Surgery, with office locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, CA, Dr. Brent Moelleken understands the importance of customizing the male facelift to avoid trouble, and he employs cutting edge facelift techniques to ensure that his male patients achieve a naturally youthful, yet decidedly masculine, facial appearance.
Male Facelift Procedural Details
Dr. Moelleken utilizes the High SMAS technique (an enhanced version of the SMAS facelift) when performing a male facelift, because of the numerous benefits this method provides:
- The face is lifted from the deepest layers, and pulled upward rather than back, which provides a more natural-looking result, and decreases the potential for an excessively pulled back appearance.
- The High SMAS facelift, now a part of every 360 Facelift, allows an elevation of the SMAS tissues at a very high level, much higher than the earlier ‘must-stop-at-the-cheekbone’ approach. The additional elevation of the SMAS drastically improves the quality of the final facelift results.
- Because of the virtually invisible incisions, meticulous ear work, and subtle (yet powerful) enhancement of the facial contours, the High SMAS technique creates a refreshed, youthful appearance without looking like you have had any work done.
- The High SMAS procedure helps to flatten and eliminate the jowls; diminish the prominence of the nasolabial folds; add fullness to the cheeks, and lift and tighten the neck region.
- Offers more consistent and reliable results than previous techniques
Male facelifts using the High SMAS technique are performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and may take several hours (depending upon the complexity of your surgery). During the procedure, Dr. Moelleken will utilize incisions made along the lateral hairline to free the SMAS layer from the overlying skin and subcutaneous fat layers, as well as from its underlying attachments.
He will then tighten and lift the 3-layer unit of facial and neck skin together in an upward direction, placing the tension on the underlying SMAS layer. At this point in the surgery, Dr. Moelleken will excise any surplus fat or loose skin, and will use sutures to close the surgical incision. Patients can expect to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, numbness and discomfort for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery, and will need to limit physical activities until they are sufficiently healed.
It is crucially important to note that with the High SMAS technique, the skin is not pulled upward in a 1990’s fashion. This allows Dr. Moelleken to prevent the unappealing ‘windswept’ or ‘pinched’ appearance. That characterizes decades of plastic surgery.
Male Facelift Los Angeles & Santa Barbara
Dr. Moelleken has a patient-centric philosophy and strives to deliver care above and beyond. This starts with a thorough consultation. Patients come away with an entirely customized facelift plan. No two are alike. The formulaic paradigm of eyes-brow-facelift-for-everybody are not used.
Surgery happens only in fully accredited Medicare and JCAHO facilities, either in Dr. Moelleken’s own surgery center or at UCLA Medical Center, where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery. This is the higest level of facility available and UCLA Medical Center has consistently been voted the Best Hospital in California.
The patient’s surgery will likely have many trademarked procedures such as 360 Facelift ®, the USIC Cheeklift ®, LiveFIll ®, the NeckLace® all play critical roles in the rejuvenation process.
After recovering sufficiently, patients recover at an accredited recovery center, not just a facility with a nice lady with a tackle box. All medications are administered according to medical orders, and by an RN, who keeps accurate medical records.
Postoperatively, recovery from facial rejuvenation requires close contact with Dr. Moelleken. Patients email Dr. Moelleken freely when questions arise, and he frequently performs internet or telephone postoperative evaluations to maximize wound healing to make incisions and evidence of surgery the most minimal possible.