Why a whole separate section of the website devoted to Male Cosmetic Surgery?
- Nationwide and in our own practice, over the last few years, the number of men having cosmetic surgery and office procedures has increased dramatically.
- Men view themselves differently than women.
- We are just picking on the guys.
If you answered 1 and 2, you are right.
Our society places a high value on looking young and fit. Today, men of all ages and all walks of life are requesting cosmetic surgery for reasons which include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face, and job competitiveness. Especially with men, the surgeon must take skin thickness, beard growth and body type into account when recommending and performing a particular procedure.
However, men often like to have things “over with” quickly and may not be as patient as women in the post-operative period. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, you must realize that it may take a few weeks to many months for swelling or redness to subside or for you to see the final results of your surgery.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Planning your surgery
Good communication between you and your surgeon is essential. In your initial consultation, you will be asked why you want a particular procedure and how you hope to look and feel afterward. It is important to set aside any awkwardness you might feel and speak candidly about the changes you would like to see. Your consultation will cover information on your operation extensively. Dr. Bentkover will discuss with you a number of factors that may influence your surgery. Make sure you fully understand these considerations. Above all, it is important to have realistic expectations about your surgery and not be hesitant to ask questions.
Dr. Bentkover will also evaluate your health, examine your face, take pre-operative photographs, and explain the surgical techniques he thinks are most appropriate for you. He will also discuss the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the possible risks and benefits. He will not discuss costs with you; a staff person will answer those questions.
As Dr. Bentkover evaluates your face and neck, some of the issues he will consider are as follows:
- Are your brows heavy?
- Do your eyelids make you look tired? Is your hairline receding?
- How full are your sideburns?
- Does your beard-growing skin extend up the cheeks or down the neck?
- Are there facial scars?
- Do you have many prominent unsightly blood vessels on your face?
- Is your skin sun-damaged? Is your neck skin loose or drooping? Do you have Rosacea?
Perhaps all you need is some treatment of the “broken capillaries” of your face and neck with our V-Beam dye laser, some Botox®, an injectible facial filler, or a small cosmetic implant. But, you might also be considering a rhinoplasty, eyelid or brow surgery, laser treatment for wrinkles and scars, a neck lift or a face lift.
Perhaps a fatty or “jowly” area is your concern. In younger patients, liposuction alone may be sufficient to correct the problem. Older patients may require a full face lift and necklift, which may include the removal of excess skin and tightening the platysma muscles, the muscles which run down each side of the neck. These muscles are usually thicker in men than they are in women.
Cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, nose surgery, and facial-implant surgery are performed essentially the same way for men and women; but the goals may be very different. It is important to let Dr. Bentkover know if you are seeking a more masculine look to your facial features-such as a chin with better projection, more prominent cheekbones or a stronger nose.
If you think you might be interested in cosmetic surgery or even just an office procedure please contact us.
TYPES OF SURGERY
The most common procedures requested by men in our practice include…
- Chin augmentation
- Liposuction under the chin with tightening of the muscles
- Neck lift
- Face lift
- Brow lift
- Mid Face lift
- V-Beam laser treatments for red facial lines
- Radiesse facial filler
These procedures are explained in detail elsewhere on this website.
In general, male facial skin has a richer blood supply than female facial skin. Men’s faces tend to bleed more during surgery and are at greater risk for forming a temporary collection or pooling of blood under the skin, called a hematoma, after surgery. Also, any residual scarring may be more difficult for men to hide, since they generally do not wear make-up or style their hair toward their faces, as many women do. Dr. Bentkover takes all this into consideration and has techniques for avoiding these pitfalls.
In a face lift, for example, hair growth and beard growth may play a major role in the outcome. If you are balding or have thinning hair, surgical artistry may be required to hide the face lift incision, especially in the temple area. If the hair-bearing skin of your upper neck is pulled behind your ears during surgery, you may find that you must shave behind your ears. (However, sometimes laser hair removal or electrolysis can correct this problem.) Be sure to discuss these possibilities with the doctor.
After your surgery
Shaving must be postponed for about 3 weeks after a skin-smoothing treatment such as laser resurfacing but only a few days with Portrait PSR3 Plasma Skin Rejuvenation. Some men are happy that the beard growth helps conceal the redness of a laser resurfacing. With Rhytec, the redness is usually gone by 10 days. Men who feel self-conscious about their condition are also advised to give up alcoholic drinks for about 4 weeks. Alcohol causes the areas of treated facial skin to become noticeably red and flushed.
The days and weeks immediately following your surgery are critical to obtaining a good final result. Therefore, it is essential that you follow the doctor’s instructions carefully. Remember, this is a team effort and each member of the team has responsibilities. This may mean taking adequate time off work; wearing bandages or tight compression garments; getting enough rest; staying out of the sun; saying no to alcohol and cigarettes; and avoiding strenuous activity, exercise, sports, and even sex.
We understand that it is sometimes difficult for men, who are programmed by society to be stoic, to remain in bed for very long or to accept help from others during recovery. Studies have shown that men often deny their pain and feel foolish about asking for help after surgery. Men who reject help may have an especially difficult recovery if post-operative depression sets in during the weeks following surgery. To avoid post-operative problems, it is important that you arrange to have a support person available to help you-both physically and emotionally-for about a week after surgery. If you get the help and rest you need, you will improve your chances of a quicker recovery-and see your results sooner.
The answer to this question depends on the type of surgery being done, but any significant facial procedure will take weeks to months to heal. An office laser treatment may have only a few days of redness.
No, not OK. You will be at risk for bleeding and opening up your incisions.
Oh, I forgot. I have to fly to California on business in a couple of days. I can still have my rhinoplasty today, right?
Not a chance. As with the other questions on this page, this question shows, unfortunately, the type of male impatience that we sometimes encounter.