Frequently Asked Questions About Male Facelifts

Male Facelift FAQS

As men age, their skin begins to lose its elasticity, and wrinkles and fine lines start to appear on their faces. For many men, these changes in their appearance can be bothersome and negatively impact their self-confidence. A male facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to address these concerns by tightening and smoothing the skin on a man’s face and neck.


If you’re considering a male facelift, you likely have many questions about the procedure, the recovery process, the results you can expect, how to pay for the procedure, and more. At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, our Raleigh board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, hopes to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about male facelifts to help you make an informed decision about whether this cosmetic procedure is right for you.


What is a male facelift procedure?

A male facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the face and neck by tightening and smoothing the skin. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, and the exact techniques used will depend on the individual patient’s needs and goals. In general, the surgeon will make incisions along the hairline and around the ears to access the underlying facial tissues. They will then remove excess skin and fat and tighten the remaining skin to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What facial characteristics can be changed with a male facelift?

A male facelift is a comprehensive procedure that can address multiple concerns related to a man’s aging face.

Some of the characteristics that a male facelift can achieve include:

  • Smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines: As men age, wrinkles and fine lines become more prominent on the face. A facelift can smooth out these lines and create a more youthful appearance.
  • Tightening of sagging skin: Over time, the skin on the face can begin to sag and droop. A facelift can tighten this skin, giving the face a firmer, more toned appearance.
  • Removal of excess fat: Excess fat can accumulate under the chin and in the neck area, creating the appearance of a double chin. A facelift can remove this fat, giving the neck and jawline a more defined appearance.
  • Restoration of facial volume: As men age, they can lose volume in the cheeks and other areas of the face. A facelift can restore this volume, creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.
  • Improvement in facial symmetry: A facelift can also improve facial symmetry, creating a more balanced and proportionate appearance.


Overall, a male facelift is a highly customizable procedure used to address multiple aspects of facial aging. A facelift can help men achieve a more refreshed, youthful, and masculine appearance and restore confidence lost due to signs of aging.

Who is a good candidate for a male facelift?

A good candidate for a male facelift is typically a man who is in good overall health and has realistic expectations about the procedure. In general, men who are experiencing visible signs of aging on their face and neck, such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and loss of facial volume, are good candidates for a male facelift. It is also important that candidates have good skin elasticity, as this can help ensure optimal results from the procedure.


It is important for men to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is an experienced provider of cosmetic procedures for men to determine whether they are a good candidate for a facelift. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s skin type, bone structure, and overall health to determine their candidacy for the surgery. They will also discuss the patient’s goals and expectations for the procedure and provide detailed information on the risks, benefits, and recovery process.


Men who smoke or have certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes, may not be good candidates for a facelift. It is also important for men to have a realistic understanding of the results that can be achieved with the procedure. While a facelift can create a more youthful and refreshed appearance, it cannot stop the aging process altogether or completely eliminate all signs of aging.

What is the difference between a male facelift and a female facelift?

While a facelift is a procedure that can be performed on both men and women, there are some differences between a male facelift and a female facelift.


Men and women have different facial structures, with men typically having thicker skin, more prominent bones, and a more angular jawline. A male facelift takes these differences into account and is tailored to create a more masculine appearance, while a female facelift is usually designed to create an appearance that is more delicate and tailored to femininity.


The goals and expectations of male and female facelift patients may also differ. Men may be more focused on creating a more defined jawline and reducing the appearance of jowls, while women may be more concerned with creating a smoother, more youthful appearance overall.

How is a male facelift procedure performed?

The specific techniques used in a male facelift procedure can vary depending on the individual patient’s needs and goals, but in general, a male facelift will involve a few universal steps. To begin, general anesthesia is administered to the patient to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure.

Your surgeon will start the male facelift procedure by making incisions along the hairline and around the ears. Next, he or she will lift the skin and reposition the underlying facial tissues to create a more youthful, defined appearance. This may involve tightening the muscles and other tissues in the face and neck as well as removing any excess skin that is contributing to wrinkles or sagging.

Upon completion, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or other types of closures before wrapping the patient’s face in bandages to help reduce swelling and bruising.


How long does a male facelift procedure take?

The length of a male facelift procedure can vary depending on a customized treatment plan that will address specific concerns and provide the desired results for each patient. Generally, a male facelift can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to complete. The exact length of the procedure will depend on factors such as the extent of the tissue repositioning, the amount of skin removal, and the use of other techniques such as liposuction. It is important for the surgeon to take the time necessary to perform the procedure safely and effectively.

Is a male facelift a painful procedure?

Just as with all other cosmetic surgical procedures, a male facelift will produce some discomfort and pain throughout the healing process. During the procedure, patients receive general anesthesia to ensure that they are comfortable and do not experience any pain.


Once the patient is awake and the effects of the anesthesia wear off, they may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, particularly in the first few days following the procedure. The surgeon will typically prescribe pain medications to manage any discomfort during the recovery period, and the patient may take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.

What is the recovery process like for a male facelift?

The recovery process after a male facelift can vary depending on each individual patient, but the general process for recovery will involve the following stages:

  • Immediately after the procedure: After the procedure, the patient is monitored in a recovery room until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off. They may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, but these symptoms can typically be managed with pain medication and ice packs. The surgeon may also place a compression garment over the face and neck to help reduce swelling.
  • One week after surgery: During the first week after the procedure, the patient will need to rest and avoid strenuous activities. They will need to keep their head elevated as much as possible to help reduce swelling. They may also experience some drainage from the incisions, which is normal.
  • Two weeks after surgery: During the second week after a male facelift, the patient may begin to feel more comfortable and experience less swelling and bruising. At your follow-up appointment, your surgeon may remove any sutures or staples that were used to close the incisions.
  • Two to four weeks after surgery: Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within two to four weeks after a male facelift.
  • Three and more weeks after surgery: Over the following weeks and months, the patient’s face will continue to heal, and the full results of the procedure will become apparent. You may experience some numbness or tightness in the face or neck, but these symptoms should gradually improve over time. It is important for the patient to avoid sun exposure and to follow the surgeon’s instructions for caring for the incisions.

How long does it take to see the final results of a male facelift?

Patients may notice gradual improvements in the appearance of their face, including a more youthful, toned, and refreshed appearance within the weeks and months following their male facelift procedure. However, it can take around six months to a year to see the full results of a male facelift. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations about the recovery process and to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.

What are the potential risks and complications of a male facelift procedure?

Like any surgical procedure, a male facelift carries some risks and potential complications. While serious complications are rare, it is important for patients to understand the potential risks before undergoing the procedure.


Some potential risks and complications of a male facelift may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Hair loss
  • Asymmetry
  • Complications related to anesthesia


It is important for patients to discuss the potential risks and complications with their surgeon before undergoing any surgical procedure. By carefully selecting a qualified and experienced board-certified surgeon, and following all pre-op and post-op instructions, patients can help minimize the risk of complications of a male facelift and achieve the best possible results.

How long do the results of a male facelift last?

The results of a male facelift can last for several years, but it is important for patients to have realistic expectations and understand that the face will continue to age naturally over time.


Factors that can affect the longevity of the results of a male facelift include the patient’s age, skin quality, and sun exposure. To help maintain the results of a male facelift, patients should follow a good skincare regimen, including using sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure. They may also consider non-surgical treatments, such as Botox or dermal fillers, to complement the results of the facelift and help maintain a youthful appearance.

Can a male facelift be combined with other procedures?

Some common male plastic surgery procedures that can be combined with a male facelift include:

Will a male facelift leave any visible scars?

A male facelift involves making surgical incisions, which have the potential to result in visible scars. However, a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon can help minimize the appearance of scars by placing the incisions in discreet locations and using advanced surgical techniques.


During a male facelift, the incisions are typically placed in the natural creases around the ear and along the hairline, where they will be less noticeable. While some scarring may be visible in the first few weeks or months after the procedure, the scars should gradually fade over time and become less noticeable. Most patients find that the results of the facelift are well worth the minimal scarring that may occur.

How much does a male facelift procedure cost?

A male facelift procedure with North Raleigh Plastic Surgery ranges from $10,500 – $11,550.


This cost typically includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and any necessary post-operative care expenses. Additional costs may be incurred for any complementary procedures or treatments that are performed at the same time as the facelift.


It is important for patients to understand that the cost of a facelift is a significant investment, and patients should not choose a surgeon based solely on price. It is important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in male facelift procedures, can provide visual examples of past work, and has a proven track record of achieving safe and effective results.

Can I finance my male facelift procedure?

At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery we do offer options for financing a male facelift. Call one of our representatives at (919) 532-2270 to learn more about how to finance a surgical procedure like a male facelift.

What should I look for when choosing a plastic surgeon for a male facelift?

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon for a male facelift:


  • Board certification: Look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification ensures that the surgeon has completed rigorous training and testing in plastic surgery, and is held to high ethical and professional standards.
  • Experience: Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients, and ask how many male facelifts the surgeon has performed.
  • Patient satisfaction: Read online reviews or speak with previous patients to learn about their experiences with the surgeon and their satisfaction with the results of their procedure.
  • Good communication: Find a surgeon you find is easy to communicate with, and who takes the time to answer your questions and explain the procedure in detail.
  • Safety: Ask about the surgeon’s experience with anesthesia, and what measures they take to minimize the risk of complications throughout the procedure.
  • Technology and techniques: Find a surgeon who uses advanced technology and techniques to achieve optimal results. Ask about the techniques and technology used in the procedure, and how they differ from other approaches.
  • Personalized treatment plan: It’s important to look for a surgeon who develops a customized treatment plan based on the individual needs and goals of each client. The surgeon should take the time to evaluate your facial anatomy and discuss your goals to develop a customized plan that will achieve the best possible results for your face.

What are some alternatives to a male facelift for facial rejuvenation?

Patients who want to get similar results of a male facelift without going through a fully invasive procedure can opt for a minimally-invasive procedure like Renuvion. Renuvion can provide facial rejuvenation and is considered a good alternative to a traditional male facelift. Renuvion uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium plasma to tighten and tone the skin, without the need for extensive incisions or the removal of excess skin.


Schedule a Consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Raleigh

At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, our experienced and talented plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, performs male facelifts using the latest surgical techniques and technologies to help restore confidence to men who want to improve the appearance of their faces and reverse the signs of aging.  If you are interested in learning more about a male facelift procedure or any other plastic surgery procedures for men, our team would be happy to answer your inquiries.  Contact us today at 919-532-2270 or fill out the request a consultation form.