Although women have long embraced the many ways to ward off or reverse facial aging, men are now appreciating the value of looking younger. If you are considering a means to refresh your look, appear younger for a job interview or to continue a successful career track, there are many surgical and non surgical options.
Non surgical techniques such as fillers and neuromodulators (including BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®) are seeing a surge in use by men. According to the most recent survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, men had over 450,000 neuromodulator treatments in 2016 – a 72% increase over the last 5 years. The signs of aging are associated with volume loss, skin laxity and wrinkles. Although BOTOX® Cosmetic will temporarily smooth lines in your face, fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® can restore volume, especially around the jawline or temples. Skin treatments to include micro needling and laser rejuvenation can improve skin texture and reduce sun damage.
Surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), brow lift, and facelift can dramatically improve the signs of facial aging. Removing excess eyelid skin, raising a heavy brow to its normal level at the brow ridge and reducing laxity and extra skin in the neck and face are effective means to address the signs of an aging face.
The Best Candidates
- Have excess skin in the neck and jowls
- Have a loss of volume in the temples or jaw line
- Wish to reflect an inner confident and younger self
- Are healthy and not taking blood thinning medications
- Have a heavy brow that makes you appear angry or sad
- Have a permanent scowl or prominent creases in their forehead or around the eyes
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are well-researched, safe, and effective treatments for fine lines and wrinkles of the face. They may not be the right choice for every line and wrinkle – fillers, fat grafting, or laser skin tightening may be the primary solution for your facial rejuvenation concerns. These other non-surgical procedures, in addition to skin care, can provide a complementary effect. Your Restore SD surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your areas of concern and partner with you to develop a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan that may include BOTOX® Cosmetic, skin care, laser, and filler.
Surgical options such as blepharoplasty have become more popular among men, who now represent 1 in 10 patients seeking cosmetic surgery. Blepharoplasty was the third most common procedure performed for men. Blepharoplasty can be done in the office or combined with other surgical procedures in an outpatient operating room setting. Although brow lift and face/neck lifts are more serious surgical procedures with associated recovery time, in the right male patient, this may best meet your needs. Your Restore SD surgeon will consult with you to create a tailored plan that addresses your goals for treatment.
On the day of your consultation, your Restore SD Plastic surgeon will review your facial anatomy, your concerns and goals for treatment to create a tailored approach to your facial rejuvenation plan. For non-invasive procedures, we can treat that day in the office. Once we have determined the areas to be treated and the amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic or filler to use, we will apply a gentle cleanser and an antiseptic to the areas of injection. Ice packs can be applied before and after treatment to make the process as comfortable as possible. Your provider will then inject the neuromodulator or filler with a very small needle. Shortly after, you can go about your day. It typically takes 3 -10 days before effects are seen of neuromodulators, while fillers offer an instant result.
Surgical procedures, with the occasional exception of blepharoplasty, are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited ambulatory surgery center or hospital setting. Each procedure addresses a different anatomic area of the face and will be reviewed in detail, as well as expected recovery and return to activity, at your initial consultation.
Pain from the injectable treatments are minimal and aside from an occasional small amount of bruising, return to daily activities is immediate. Most patients return at one week for a re-assessment after their first session to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan. Once you have an established plan with Restore SD Plastic Surgery, regular follow-ups for additional treatments can be scheduled every 4 to 6 months as part of a maintenance plan. Remember that it takes 3-10 days to see the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic. You should allow yourself enough time for the treatment to take effect and any subtle bruising to subside.
For surgical procedures, once you have recovered from the anesthesia you can return home. You should arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home and stay with you for the next one to two days. Some surgical pain is expected and treated with pain medications. Depending on the procedure and technique, you may have stitches or staples at the incision sites. Your Restore SD surgeon will see you frequently after surgery and determine optimal timing for suture or staple removal. You will use antibiotic ointment over the incision sites until they are fully healed. Most patients can return to work after 1- 2 weeks. Normal daily activities such as showering, eating and light activity such as walking can be resumed within 24 hours after surgery. Some post-operative swelling is normal and resolves in the first 4 weeks in the typical patient. You should refrain from intense physical activity for 4 weeks. During the recovery period, you will have follow up with your Restore SD surgeon and will be guided back to your usual activities. Most complications occur from getting too active too early, so select a surgical date that allows an appropriate amount of time to heal and gradually return to your more vigorous activities.
The Combined Procedures
Facial rejuvenation procedures are often combined to restore youth and vitality to your appearance. Additionally, skin care (sunscreen!) is an essential foundation for every facial rejuvenation program. Your Restore SD team will make individualized recommendations to ensure you have a facial rejuvenation plan that meets your needs and ensures a natural and refreshed appearance.
- What happens at my Facial Rejuvenation consultation?
During your initial consultation, your Restore SD provider will perform a detailed facial and skin examination as well as review your medical history and any medications you are taking. You will have photos taken with our Vectra 3D imaging system and discuss treatment areas and options while viewing your photo series. This ensures you can address all areas of concern with your provider. With our state of the art Canfield software, potential results can be viewed, helping you to visualize possible outcomes. After a treatment plan is devised you will be able to receive treatment that day in the office.
- Is Facial Rejuvenation expensive?
Our pricing for non-invasive modalities and surgical procedures reflects our years of experience and precise knowledge of the anatomy necessary to provide you with a safe, reliable, and consistent experience. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery we believe in safety, training, and proper credentials for every injector. This ensures that your cost is minimized by strategic use to create a natural result.
- Why should I choose Restore SD for Facial Rejuvenation?
Getting BOTOX® Cosmetic or any other procedure from a provider who took a weekend course and wants to make a quick buck may seem cheaper, but you may not be getting authentic product or care and your provider may not be well versed in anatomy or able to take care of any complications. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we take the time to listen to your goals and partner with you to achieve the best possible results. We stand by our products and our experience. Allow us to deliver a safe, quality, and age appropriate facial rejuvenation that will leave you looking and feeling younger and more self-confident.
- I am considering Facial Rejuvenation for the first time – what do I need to know?
Our treatment options are a wonderful way to look and feel younger and are maximized by being offered in a setting where we have the capabilities and expertise to address your every concern.
- What are my options to looking younger and more rested as a man?
There are many ways to improve your outer appearance and project the confident inner you. Looking younger does not always involve surgery, and for those with early signs of aging, simple non-invasive techniques such as neuromodulators and fillers can create a subtle improvement without screaming “I have had plastic surgery!”
- What is the most popular procedure among men for facial plastic surgery?
By far, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the #1 procedure men have to improve signs of facial aging. The most popular surgical procedure is blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). At Restore SD Plastic surgery, we pride ourselves in performing a male eyelid lift that restores a more rested and youthful appearance without looking overdone. Subtle use of injectable fillers is rapidly becoming a proven method to dial back the clock with minimal downtown and great “bang for the buck”.
- What kind of guy seeks out facial plastic surgery procedures?
Plastic surgery is not just the domain of male models, actors and rock stars. Men who are high on the corporate ladder, men dating again after divorce, and dads who want to look as good as they feel are all some of the men seeking plastic surgery these days. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery we offer natural results in a comfortable, relaxing, and discreet setting.