There’s a common misconception that only women have face lifts. However, a significant number of men undergo facial plastic surgeries every year, and that number continues to grow. After all, the benefits offered by these treatments—from a rejuvenated appearance to a boost in mental well-being—can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of sex or gender.

There are many reasons why a man would want facial plastic surgery. Some want a look that matches the healthy body they’ve maintained through regular exercise and healthy eating habits. Others want to appear the same age as their younger partner, or a partner who’s no stranger to face lifts. And there are those who undergo face lifts for the simple reason of wanting youth restored to their face.

Whatever your reason for seeking treatment, it’s important to know that different types of face lifts exist to treat different issues—and some types are more popular than others. With that in mind, here are the most popular face lift procedures for men:

Brow lift

As we age, the skin on the forehead and brow begins to sag. A droopy brow gives you a permanently sleepy, sad, or exhausted appearance.

The brow lift, otherwise known as the forehead lift, solves this problem by elevating the drooping skin to a higher position. Doing so also smoothens forehead creases to provide an overall younger look, which explains why it’s one of the most highly sought-after types of face lifts among men.

Eyelid lift

The skin around the eyes sags with age. In severe cases, skin can hang over the eyes to obstruct vision. The lower lids may also bulge as fat accumulates below the eyes.

As one of the most popular types of face lifts among men, the eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, tightens the upper eyelids to eliminate skin drooping. The removal of excess fat in the lower eyelids gets rid of the puffy under-eye look. Additionally, the procedure improves the appearance of the tear troughs—the lines between the lower eyelids and cheeks that deepen with age.


The older we get, the looser the skin on the lower face becomes. This leads to saggy skin on the cheek and jawline.

Among the most common face lifts, the minilift is a plastic surgery procedure that tightens saggy skin on the cheeks and jaw line to reduce or eliminate heavy cheeks and droopy jowls. This results in toned cheeks and a more defined jawline.

Only requiring tiny, easily concealed incisions around the ears, mini lifts are less invasive than typical face lifts. They are ideal for men who need only minor corrections to the cheeks and jowls.

Face lift

Over time, facial skin and muscles lose elasticity and sag, sometimes excessively. Smoking, prolonged sun exposure, and an unhealthy diet can also lead to premature skin aging. The result is a look that can be described as tired, unhealthy, and unhappy.

Face lifts lift and tighten the tissue of the cheeks, jaw line, and neck. Patients can therefore expect tauter skin in these areas.

Face lifts are ideal for patients with moderate to extreme skin sagging in the aforementioned regions. Well-hidden incisions are made behind the hairline along the scalp, behind the ear, and under the chin. The results are longer-lasting than the mini lifts.

Combining procedures

The different types of face lifts can be combined for a more thorough facial rejuvenation. For instance, a patient can undergo both a brow lift and a mini lift to tighten sagging brows and the skin on the cheeks.

Face lifts can even be used in conjunction with nonsurgical procedures—such as Botox® and facial fillers. This allows the entire face to enjoy a more youthful look.

If you think you’d benefit from a face lift, kindly contact Gold Coast Plastic Surgery at (312) 736-7795 to request for an appointment with Dr. George Moynihan.

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