Face and Neck
Plastic surgery is increasingly being sought after by men. More and more men are looking to improve the way they look, and are considering both surgical and non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation. Men may consider facial plastic surgery procedures to improve their appearance, and to correct some of the signs of aging that occur with time. Many men in NYC are professionals, have careers, or are working with others in an office based setting. While maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, many seek to make sure they look as well as they feel. Baby boomers, professional executives, athletes, models, and men from their teens to well into their 70’s may benefit from any number of plastic surgery procedures.
In men, signs of facial aging may show as:
- Loose, sagging skin
- Flattened cheekbones and sallow appearance
- Droopy brows and/or eyelids
- Bags and excess, wrinkled skin under the eyes
- Prominent nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
- Jowls and excess skin in the lower face
- Loss of jawline definition
- Excess fat and skin in the neck
There are several facial rejuvenation surgeries that can significantly enhance the way a man looks:
- Eyelid lift
- Neck lift
All of these procedures deliver significantly better results than any of the other non-surgical modalities available. In addition to microsuction and lifting surgeries, other surgical and non-surgical procedures may improve overall results and produce an even better facial appearance. Additional surgeries include brow lift to enhance eyelid rejuvenation, rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose, chin implants to increase jaw prominence. Non-invasive options include Botox, fillers, Kybella fat dissolution, and facial resurfacing.
Excess skin and fatty deposits in the upper or lower eyelids can produce a tired, worn appearance. Often the eyelids are the first are of the face that betrays a man’s age. Surgical correction with an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, results in a younger, refreshed look. The operation involves imperceptible scars and produces an immediate improvement in appearance by eliminating under eye bags and smoothing out the skin around the eyes.
For some men, their primary concern is their neck. There are multiple factors that may contribute to less attractive or older looking neck. In some men, the only problem is localized submental fat, which is fat that is limited to the area under the chin. This creates a puffy or heavy appearance and indistinct jawline contour. For these patients, a limited incision procedure called microsuction removes the fat from under the skin and produces skin tightening. In addition, jowls in the lower face can be corrected with microsuction. This surgery uses tiny incisions placed under the chin and under each earlobe. Recovery requires minimal downtime and results continue to improve over several weeks after surgery.
In some men, both skin excess and fat deposits in the neck need to be corrected. Loose, excess, droopy skin of the neck is referred to as a “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle”. A heavy neck can also be due to excess fat deposit under the skin, which can create a double chin, obscure the jawline, and contribute to an aged appearance. Muscle laxity in the neck can also show as bands which may also contribute to an aged look. A sharp angle between the jaw and neck, and smooth tight skin in the neck can both be restored with a neck lift, which will produce a more youthful overall appearance to the face. This surgery involves an incision that only extends around the earlobe and into the hairline behind the ear.
When the tissues of the entire face, including the cheek area, jowls, and neck, all need to be lifted and tightened, a full facelift may be indicated. This surgery repositions tissues and removes excess skin, and may be combined with fat grafting to restore volume. The overall result is smoother, tighter skin and a refreshed, younger looking face. The incision is similar to that of the neck lift and continues in front of the ear and into the sideburn area.
Microsuction, neck lift and facelift surgery are usually performed under local anaesthesia with sedation in the Operating Room. After an initial period of bruising and swelling of several days, the result is quickly evident. Sutures are removed within the first week after surgery.
Dr. Hutchinson will discuss all surgical and non-surgical options with you in order to determine which single procedure or combination of procedures would be best suited to produce the results you seek.