What is a Male Facelift?

A facelift is a rejuvenating procedure that can combat the signs of aging in the face. A facelift can significantly improve the appearance of deep wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging and allow older patients to turn back time to better reflect a youthful spirit.

Who is ideal for a Male Facelift?

An ideal candidate for a facelift is someone who has:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Deep lines around the mouth and nose
  • Brow furrows
  • Developed jowls
  • Fat deposits under the chin
  • Loose skin around the jawline and chin
  • is in generally good health
  • is a non smoker or is willing to cease smoking for the whole facelift patient journey

Why men need a Facelift

Men develop fine lines, wrinkles and creases throughout the face and neck as they age. Years of sun damage, poor diet and stress can take their toll on your appearance. These visible signs of aging can cause many men to feel self-conscious or even depressed.

Men are becoming increasingly aware of the early signs of ageing and wish to address them before they become more pronounced. It may come as a surprise to some that one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men is a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy.

Face and neck lift surgery still remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation to reverse the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance. Dr. Turner takes great care to ensure the effects of your facelift give a natural and proportional rejuvenation while not betraying the fact that you have had plastic surgery.

Recovery After Your Male Facelift Surgery

Bandages will be applied to the face for the first 24-hours, but will soon be replaced by a lighter covering. You typically experience swelling and bruising during the recovery period. Dr. Turner generally avoids using drains if possible. You will be informed to keep your head elevated following the procedure. This will promote a healthy healing process. 

Dr. Turner will follow up with you every few days. You will have the first follow up one to two days after their surgery. Follow ups are essential to monitor your recovery, remove stitches, clean incision sites and change bandages when necessary. Based on your recovery process, you will be informed when you can return to activities like exercise and showering as everyone’s body heals at different speeds. 

What are the Risks of Male Facial Surgery?

All surgery has risks. Dr Turner will explain in the consultation how he manages risks including:

  • Bleeding / Hematoma
  • Bruising and Swelling
  • Complications of anesthesia
  • Damage to the facial nerves controlling muscles, usually temporary
  • Fluid Builld up / Seroma
  • Infection
  • Loss of hair around the incision site, but this is uncommon
  • Numbness, which can improve within days or weeks
  • Scarring
  • Skin necrosis, or tissue death
  • Unevenness between two sides of the face
  • Widening or thickening of scar
  • If you notice inflammation, pain, redness, or swelling in the days following surgery, you should seek medical help as this could be a sign of hematoma. 

Next Steps

Your Cosmetic Plastic surgery consultation

During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.

Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.



Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.


Book a consultation

Submit an enquiry through our website or give us a call before booking your consultation. To ensure you are a suitable candidate for your desired procedure, Dr Turner asks to review your images before making a booking. This saves time and money if you are not a suitable candidate, in which case our lovely team will help direct you to an alternative procedure.


Meet with Dr Turner

Once your images have been approved and your consultation has been booked, we ask that you prepare any questions you may have for Dr Turner, as well as some images of desired outcomes for your surgery, this helps ensure you and Dr Turner are on the same page when discussing realistic results.


More questions?

Looking for more information before your consultation? You can book an additional 15min complimentary consultation with one of our patient liaisons here https://calendly.com/patients-bookings/patient-consult?month=2023-02


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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Male Facelift Surgery

Should a man get a facelift?

Many men wish to rejuvenate their appearance, just like women. They want to look as young as they feel on the inside. Men experience the same signs of aging that women do such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of volume. As men age, they are also more prone to experience loose skin and excess fat in the lower areas of their faces and neck. This can significantly age the face and create an undefined jawline. Some male patients state that they wish to have a facelift to appear friendlier, because as they age their wrinkles make them appear angry and unapproachable. This is important for men seeking a companion and especially those working in a client-based career.

Can a bald man get a facelift?

Bald men often mistakenly believe that a facelift is not an option for them, but this study demonstrates that this is not true. A facelift can be a great way for a man to rejuvenate his facial appearance, even if he doesn’t have hair to hide the scars. It just takes a surgeon with 

the experience and skill to do the procedure well.

How many men get facelifts?

About 1 in 10 people who get facelifts are men. There are different types, including a “mini” facelift. It often takes months for swelling to fully go down from any “lift” procedure.

What is the best age to get a male facelift?

A facelift is not generally for anyone under the age of 30. In most cases, a facelift works best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s when signs of aging begin to become prevalent.

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When should I have a facelift?

There is no defined age that is best to undergo facelift surgery – we all age differently according to our genetics and environmental experiences such as sun exposure, skin care and smoking. Facelifts can be performed from early 40′s to late 70′s. Benefits usually last longer when a facelift is performed on a younger person who still have good skin elasticity.

How long will my facelift last?

Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.

Will people be able to see that I’ve had a facelift?

After getting a facelift, many patients mention that their friends and family make remarks about how they look fresh and rested. People might ask if you have been away on holiday or if you’ve “changed something”. There is no characteristic look of a facelift. Forget about the problems with the old fashioned unnatural face lifts. Modern procedures are undetectable. The procedure simply restores your youthful look and no one will be able to tell you’ve had anything done. You’ll just look like a well-rested and fresh version of you.

Do you do fat transfer as part of a facelift?

Fat transfer are an integral component of any facelift surgery, to give complete rejuvenation of the face. The concept of the volumetric facelift, combines the benefit of restoring facial volume associated with ageing with fat injections combined with lifting and tightening the deeper facial structures with a SMAS facelift procedure. There are very few patients that don’t benefit from the addition of fat grafting as part of a facelift procedure.

Will I have any scars?

The incisions used during a facelift, will depend on the procedure and the technique used. For instance, the incisions made for a traditional facelift will differ from a short-scar facelift or midface lift. With incisions made in natural borders, hairlines, and folds, once fully healed, they will be barely noticeable. At first, they may be pink and slightly raised, but within the first few months, they will begin to quickly fade.

How quickly will stitches be removed? How quickly will I heal?

Once you leave the hospital, a follow-up appointment will be made within the first 7 days. At this time, Dr Turner will assess your wounds and remove stitches. After this step is completed, it’s recommended that you commence topical silicone ointment along the incision line. Overall, most patients look presentable after the first 2 weeks. The full healing time for soft tissue and skin will be around 6 months. Although scaring may be red and itchy at first, within the first few months, they’ll begin to lighten. After 1-2 years, they will soften and be barely noticeable.

How long will I need to take off work?

More patients can return to work after 2 weeks following surgery. Within the first 3 days, you will likely experience swelling, which then settles after approximately 1 week. Overall, the healing process is rapid, and you will be able to return to your regular routine within 2-3 weeks. At 2 weeks, for instance, you can generally begin to perform light exercise, gently increasing activity levels over 6 weeks.

Will I need a drain after my facelift?

Yes, in most cases. Drains are used to gather excessive fluid after a facelift procedure. Your drain will be removed the day after your procedure. If you’re having a short scar facelift in a limited area, you might not need a drain. Dr Turner will advise you before the procedure so you know exactly what to expect.

Do hairlines shift after a facelift?

During your consultation with Dr Turner we evaluate which incision placement is best suited for you. If you require a large amount of skin removal than an incision placed along the hair line will minimize any hairline shifts which are an unfortunate stigma of having a poorly executed facelift surgery.

How can I hide my male plastic surgery?

Scarves, hats, and glasses can help hide facial plastic surgery. Sunglasses may hide bruises and swelling after eyelid surgery or brow lift.

How many years can a male facelift take off?

Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

How painful is a male facelift?

You will feel some pain 2 to 4 days after surgery. You may have some trouble opening your mouth for several days. The skin around the incision probably will be numb. You may have some itching or shooting pain as the feeling returns. But these are all temporary and will pass with time. 

Final results are typically first seen six weeks after your procedure, with ongoing improvements beyond this point unlikely as the healing process fully completes over the coming 12 months.

Is a facelift considered major surgery?

A facelift often will enhance the appearance of your cheek, jawline and neck region but is considered major surgery. You should think carefully about your specific expectations and communicate your goals to your plastic surgeon.

Is 60 too old for a male facelift?

Most facelifts are performed on people who are in their late 40s to early 60s. By this age, the majority of people experience the typical signs of aging: sagging skin and excess wrinkles, especially around the lower face and jowls. In most cases, a facelift procedure can make you look ten to fifteen years younger.


About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you  beautiful results. He is one of Sydney’s great Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a focus on face surgeries in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most effective and safest surgical procedures. 
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.