Pleasing aesthetic outcomes are equally important in both male and female patients undergoing cosmetic facelift surgery. However, facelift procedures in males may be considered more challenging, as some surgical endpoints can differ from those in their female counterparts. Understanding the nuances and particular surgical goals of the male cosmetic patient is crucial in helping to achieve positive aesthetic outcomes.
"When performing rejuvenation procedures in male patients, one of the main concerns in males is a non-detectability of having had surgery. It is crucial to pay special attention to hair shifts that may make the patient look like they have long faces and avoid deformities such as the earlobes being pulled down. Moreover, it is paramount that the scars resulting from surgery are not visible, particularly from a distance," says Bruce F. Connell, M.D., F.A.C.S., clinical professor of surgery (plastic surgery), University of California, Irvine, Santa Ana.
The surgeon should also get to know the patient well enough during the consultation to fully understand his or her individual cosmetic needs. Often, Dr. Connell will ask each of his patients to bring in older photographs so that the patient can point out exactly what he or she would like in terms of their personal cosmetic rejuvenation — such as the fullness of the cheeks, a chiseled jawline or the position of the eyebrows.