While the same cosmetic surgical procedures that are available to women are also available to men, there are specific considerations that must be taken into account.
Do you have a receding hairline? Are you bald or have thinning hair? Do you have scars or loose skin on your neck? These questions are important, because if you’re having a facelift or other facial procedures, it may be harder to hide the surgical scars. Another issue is that men don’t wear makeup, which helps to hide surgical scars.
One problem for men is that they have a richer blood supply in the facial skin, which can bleed more during surgery. This puts men at risk for a temporary pooling of blood under the skin called a hematoma.
For men who have fatty areas beneath the chin, even younger men, liposuction may solve the problem by itself. Other men may require a traditional facelift and necklift.
If you’re considering a skin “refinishing” procedure, like demabrasion or a chemical peel, you won’t be able to shave for about 3 weeks following the treatment. Your face will remain swollen and bright pink for several weeks.
Facial procedures like eyelid, nose or facial implant surgery are done the same way for men as they are for women. But you should discuss with Dr. Jimerson if you’re looking to have a more masculine look, like a stronger nose, or more prominent cheekbones or chin.
For men looking to have hair replacement surgery, be aware that it can be a long process requiring multiple operations – along with long recovery periods. A full hair transplant can take up to 2 years or more. You should also know that the transplant donor sites will be visible to others, so you may want to discuss hair transplant options like flap surgery or scalp reduction surgery.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.