A new study has revealed that men who undergo a facelift appear more trustworthy and likeable. It also interestingly showed that they appear as though they have better social skills. Here, we’ll review the study and its findings and also take a look at how male facelifts differ from female facial surgery procedures.

Results of a male facelift analysed

The new study included 24 men who underwent a facelift procedure and had an average age of 49. They each consented to have their before and after surgery photos shown to 145 respondents who were aged from 25 to 34 years old.

The respondents were asked to rate how extroverted, attractive, sociable, masculine, trustworthy, risk-seeking and aggressive the men appeared. However, they weren’t told about the surgery or the purpose of the study in order to rule out any risk of bias.

There was a total of six surveys created for the study, and the respondents didn’t see both photos. Some were shown the before photos, while others were shown the after photos. The results of these surveys revealed that after surgery, the men were rated more trustworthy, likeable and attractive.

Interestingly, surgery didn’t appear to alter the men’s masculinity ratings. There was also a more significant link between upper eyelid surgery and increased trustworthy and likeability ratings.

Men who choose to undergo a facelift, tend to have upper eyelid lifts, nose reshaping, chin implants, neck lifts and brow lifts.

How do male and female facelifts differ?

In general terms, the same approach is employed – the aim of facelift surgery is always to enhance the patient’s natural appearance and subtly rejuvenate the face – yet there are certain considerations that plastic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock will take into account when approaching male facelift surgery in order to cater to their masculine features.

Facial hair is one thing which needs to be taken into account. When choosing an incision placement, the surgeon needs to ensure they aren’t damaging any of the hair follicles. There are also some anatomical differences between female and male faces. Males tend to have stronger ligament and skeletal structures, making it slightly more difficult to manipulate them surgically. Male facelifts often focus more on the lower portion of the face due to the thicker skin present in the area.

Women tend to have a more delicate facial appearance while men have stronger features; whereas a female facelift restores softer, more rounded and youthful contours, a male facelift aims to make the face appear more masculine and defined.

After the facelift, men also have an increased risk of swelling. This means the healing process can be a lot longer than it for women undergoing a facelift. These are just some of the main differences between the two procedures.

The interest in male cosmetic surgery continues to grow and for men who are contemplating a facelift but are concerned that surgery could make them look different rather than better, the results of this study could put your mind at rest. To find out if you’re suitable for a male facelift, call 02380 764969 to book a consultation with Mr Horlock.