6 questions every man should ask his surgeon
Male or female, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look our best. And in today’s world, where many of us are continuing to work, participate in athletics, and live physically active and demanding lives well into our 70s and beyond, our “looks” matter more than ever before. Hence, the increasing numbers of both men and women having surgical facial cosmetic procedures and non-surgical treatments.
The reasons why men versus women pursue facial plastic surgery vary only slightly. Both genders want to look better and younger. Men however often express other reasons, such as “I work with a lot of younger guys and want to stay competitive in my field,” or “I need to be at the top of my game and I’m not feeling it right now,” or “I’m not vain, but I feel like my aging face means I’m not a player anymore, socially or in business; I want to be at the top of my game again.”
Our message to men… don’t let anyone stop you from looking your best or regaining the confidence you’ve lost because of getting older. And don’t worry about vanity –– it’s as masculine to take care of your face as it is to exercise and take care of your body. So, if you’re thinking about male facial plastic surgery, take the initiative and learn what’s available. But, be sure to do your due diligence before making any decision.
Talk to several plastic surgeons and ask each of them these six questions. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, specializing in just the face and neck, shares his answers here.
(1) How do you determine what is best for me?
“An in-person consultation is essential to determine what’s bothering the patient about his face and neck, and to discuss the various options of what can be done to reverse the signs of aging. Every person’s face, skin condition, overall health and lifestyle are different; there’s no one solution that suits everyone.”
(2) What is your approach to performing facial plastic surgery on men versus women?
“There is a distinct difference in surgical technique to ensure the masculine look men wish to retain. When performing an upper eyelid lift on a man, my goal is NOT to provide a platform for eye makeup as is the focus for women’s upper eyelid surgery but, instead, to remove enough sagging skin to make the eyes look younger without feminizing them. If performing a facelift on a man, I carefully place the very skinny incision line such that it does NOT interfere with the natural hair growth of the beard and sideburns. These and other surgical refinements provide the masculine results that men want.”
(3) How long will I need to take off from work or sports after facial cosmetic surgery?
“You can continue with mild, day-to-day activities within 48 hours post-procedure, but most patients prefer to wait until I remove their small line of sutures at eight days post-procedure before going out in public. I encourage patients to wait at least two weeks post-procedure before engaging in heavy lifting, running, or playing sports.”
(4) Will people know I had surgery?
“You will have a very thin incision line in front of the ear and tucked into the crease directly behind the ear. Even after sutures are removed at eight days post-op, the incision line will be a pinkish color that gradually fades each day until it becomes so faint that no one notices it. Full healing can take several weeks. However, once the sutures have healed over (at about 10-12 days post-procedure), patients can dot the incision line with a skin-colored makeup pencil to hide the incision line. These are easy enough to find, even for male patients, at your local pharmacy.”
(5) How long will the results last?
“An upper eyelid lift can last for decades. Results for the minimally invasive Timeless Lift (removes excess, saggy skin at the lower face, jawline and neck) will typically last six to 10 years depending on the patient protecting his skin from sun abuse, not smoking, eating a nutritious diet, maintaining a fairly consistent weight, and living a healthy lifestyle. Results for laser resurfacing, which is performed to improve the quality of sun-damaged and finely-lined skin, will usually last six to 10 years, again depending on how well the patient takes good care of his skin.”
(6) Is facial cosmetic surgery painful?
“I perform all facial cosmetic surgical procedures –– the Timeless Lift, upper and lower eyelid lifts, laser facial resurfacing, brow lifts, and chin implants –– with the patient having only local anesthesia during the procedure combined with some relaxation medicine pre-procedure. My patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. All surgical procedures are performed at the Outpatient Treatment Center at the convenient and easy-to-access TriHealth Evendale Hospital in suburban Cincinnati, where patients have the care and attention of the facility’s outstanding staff.
To learn more about today’s exciting, minimally invasive male facial plastic surgery options performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, or to schedule your private, one-on-one complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth, call 513.201.8490.