A facelift or face tightening procedure is a surgical technique that lifts up and pulls back the skin on the face to make it tighter and smoother.
Patients often ask if the surgical technique for a facelift varies between men and women, and the answer is yes. The procedures are performed slightly differently on men for a variety of reasons, and it takes a skilled surgeon to know how to approach these differences. Mr. Olivier Amar is known as one of the best face surgeons for men in London.
A face lift, wehther performed on a man or a woman, is designed to reduce sagging skin around the lower half of the face (mostly the jowls) and neck. As we start to age we naturally lose elasticity and volume, and our skin begins to sag. A facelift will be able to tighten both the skin on the face as well as the underlying muscle of the skin, called the platysma.
There are specific considerations that need to be made when doing a facelift for men. A male face has several major anatomical differences to a female face, for example, women tend to have weaker facial skeletal and ligament structures which makes surgical manipulation easier. Whereas during male facelift surgery, the surgeon must be careful to not overly pull the skin or excise too much lax muscle as either function can result in an overly tight appearance. Males also generally have heavier or larger faces with thicker skin, especially around the lower face, jaw, and neck areas. For this reason most male facelift procedures have a focus in the lower half of the face. In the neck, male fat tends to be more fibrous, so liposuction may be less effective in removing fat.
Men also have coarse facial hair which dictates the incision type and position. Careful, precise incisions are needed to ensure that there is no disruption to the hair follicles, or excessive scarring where the hair cannot regrow.
As with women, an ageing face in men can often be treated much earlier in life, delaying the need for surgery. Every face is different, and we all age in different ways so we must consider all available options before deciding on the most appropriate treatment. To do this, Mr Amar works on a Life Plan for each of his patients. This allows him to assess and determine a treatment roadmap unique to each patient, which will map out which procedures are best suited to throughout each phase of life.
This can include a combination surgical and non-surgical treatments at different stages throughout the coming years to get the desired results. Often patients will think they need a facelift, but on assessment a good result can be achieved by using micro fat transfer techniques or dermal fillers to restore volume and plump out the facial contours many years before a facelift is needed.
Mr Olivier Amar’s goal is that you look fresh, more youthful without the obvious look of plastic surgery – natural and subtle rejuvenation. All facelifts are done as a day case surgery, meaning you will be home and recovering the same day, with minimal bruising and complications.
All facelift procedures are performed by Mr Olivier Amar as day surgery. Facelift surgery is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation. Having surgery under TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.