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As we age, the skin loses its elasticity due to decreased collagen, leading to descending skin and creases in the face.

Male facelift surgery addresses signs of facial ageing by tightening the skin, removing excess fat, and repositioning underlying tissues. Dr Jeremy Richardson will tailor the procedure to produce results that align with masculine facial proportions.

What is a Male Facelift (Male Rhytidectomy)?

A male facelift is a cosmetic procedure tailored specifically for men to address signs of ageing on the face and neck. This surgery typically focuses on tightening the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and changing the overall contours of the face and jawline. Due to differences in skin texture, facial hair, and aesthetic goals, the techniques used in a male facelift may vary slightly from those commonly used in female patients to ensure results that maintain masculine features.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before the surgery, you will need to speak to Dr Richardson to develop a surgical plan. During this meeting, you should raise any past or current health issues and any current medications. A discussion about your reasons for seeking surgery and desired outcomes will be required. Generally, suitable patients are healthy, stable-weight men who are non-smokers.

Dr Richardson will explain the procedure in detail and suggest the surgical options for your case. Once we have discussed your treatment plan, you should know what to expect from a male facelift.

The Procedure

A male facelift is performed under general anaesthesia to address signs of ageing. The duration will depend on the extent of the procedure and your skin condition. There are multiple types of facelifts, such as:

  • Short-scar facelift (also called a mini facelift)
  • High SMAS facelift
  • Deep plane facelift

As each patient has unique surgical needs, you will have a discussion with Dr Richardson to determine which surgical method is most suitable. During the procedure, Dr Richardson will make incisions along the sides of your face, and reshape the skin tissue. These incisions are typically placed at the hairline near the temples, and down past the ears, either in front or behind them. One significant difference between a female and male facelift is the presence of facial hair. To avoid the need for shaving very close to the ear, Dr Richardson will preserve an area of non-hair-bearing skin below the earlobe.

Cost of a Male Facelift

The fees for a male facelift depend on several factors. We will need to consider factors such as the anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and other aftercare costs. The type of facelift you undergo can affect the final fees.

This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons, so it is not considered medically required. Due to this, the procedure will not be covered by health insurance, and you will have to pay your own fees. Since fees depend on your personal needs and goals, we can provide more information about fees during a private meeting.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


After the procedure, your face will be bandaged, and you can expect to have some pain and swelling. We will help you manage discomfort by giving you pain relievers and a support garment.

For the first few days after surgery, you will need someone to help you with daily tasks, such as caring for children. You will have instructions on how to manage your wounds. For example, you may need to:

  • Take time off work to rest and recover
  • Keep your upper body elevated
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol, as this can interfere with healing
  • Drink water and eat a healthy diet
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry
  • Consult Dr Richardson if you notice any issues

While recovery can look different for each male facelift patient, you can expect the following:

  • Some discomfort for the first one to two days
  • Resume light, gentle exercise after two weeks
  • Return to activities such as work and driving after two weeks
  • Continue wearing your post-op support garment for four weeks
  • Resume your normal exercise regimen after six weeks of recovery

Risks and Complications

Since every surgery comes with some risk level, you should do your research beforehand. We will explain the risks of a male facelift before the surgery date to ensure you are well-informed and prepared. Risks can include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Ongoing pain
  • Unwanted results
  • Discolouration
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Further surgery to correct issues

Male Facelift FAQ

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