Facelift Surgery for Men

Plastic surgery for men is an art form—what looks best for a man is very different than what suits a woman. With over 20 years of experience in treating men of all ages, Dr. Michael Devlin in Little Rock, AR, understands the male patient's distinctive needs before, during, and after surgery.

Facelifts for men require a specialized approach that can maintain masculine features and result in easily concealed scars when patients have thinning hair or receding hairlines.

One of the Most Popular Male Cosmetic Procedures

man's profileIt may come as a surprise to some that one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men is a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy. Male facelift surgery is very similar to female facelift surgery. They both help to erase the signs of aging and restore the face to how it used to look. Dr. Devlin alters his technique for his male patients. He softens the lift, achieving more of a naturally defined look while being careful to not feminize the face.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

For men hoping to reduce visible signs of aging and strengthen the masculine contours of their face, facelift surgery by Dr. Michael Devlin can be a great option.

If you have any of the following concerns, it may be time to consider a facelift:

  • Deep facial creases
  • Your face looks tired
  • Wrinkles around the mid-face
  • Excess, sagging skin on the neck face or around the mouth
  • Jawline that lacks definition, contributing to the appearance of jowls

If you are generally in good health, a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations, you may be a candidate for a male facelift.

Dr. Devlin often combines a facelift with other plastic surgery procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Combining these procedures can help men achieve more dramatic facial rejuvenation with consolidated healing time. During your consultation, Dr. Devlin will discuss all of your options and provide you with honest advice.

Addressing the Specific Needs of Men

Dr. Devlin performs facelift procedures in his surgery suite using local anesthesia and oral sedation. The surgery begins by creating an incision in the hairline near the temples, continuing down toward the ears, then into the crease in the back of the ears and ending in the hair in the lower scalp. At this time, Dr. Devlin tightens and repositions the underlying facial muscles.

Incisions for a facelift surgery performed on a male patient are strategically placed around the ear, which allows the sideburns to have a natural look. Dr. Devlin has the ability to address the many distinct challenges presented when performing a facelift for a man, especially when the patient has thinning hair or a receding hairline. 

The Recovery Process

Dr. Devlin's patients need about 2 to 3 weeks after their procedure for optimal healing time. Immediately after surgery, your head will be wrapped in an ace-type bandage until the next morning, at which time it will be removed. You may have swelling and bruising, which is controlled by watching your salt intake and sleeping with your head elevated. There is only mild discomfort after a facelift which is easily controlled with pain medication that Dr. Devlin prescribes. Stitches will be removed 5-7 days after your surgery.

You should give yourself 2-3 weeks to allow your body sufficient time to heal. Results from your surgery will become increasingly more evident as weeks pass, and your scars will continue to fade. Although a facelift will not stop the aging process, it can rejuvenate your appearance, giving you a youthful look that reflects the way you feel.

Understanding Potential Risks and Complications 

As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can be associated with facelift surgery. During your pre-operative appointment with Dr. Devlin, he will be very thorough in explaining all of the risks to you.

Some of the most common complications include, but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Improper wound healing or unfavorable scars
  • Facial nerve injuries/asymmetry
  • Loss of sensation
  • Persistent soreness or pain
  • Sutures becoming visible or surfacing through skin
  • Unsatisfactory results

Facelifts for men require a specialized approach that can maintain masculine features and result in easily concealed scars when patients have thinning hair or receding hairlines.

What is the Cost of the Procedure?

The average estimate for a Facelift is $5,500-$7,500, which includes the surgeon and operating room. This price can fluctuate depending on the extent of surgery.

Dr. Michael Devlin specializes in a variety of procedures to help male patients look and feel younger. If you are not sure if you want to commit to a long-lasting cosmetic enhancement, there are other alternatives to surgery for frown lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers and fat grafting are commonly used to restore skin to a more youthful appearance, smooth out frown lines, and eliminate forehead creases. These nonsurgical treatments can be done during a regular office visit and without interrupting a busy work schedule.

Schedule Your Consultation

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for facelift surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Devlin by sending us a message online, or calling us directly at (501) 227-8811. Together, you can determine which procedure or combination of procedures will provide the best results for you. 

Plastic surgeon Michael Devlin, M.D.

Devlin Cosmetic Surgery: Michael Devlin, M.D.

Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

To get started on your plastic surgery journey, fill out our form or call (501) 227-8811.


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