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The Differences Between Men & Women for Facial Plastic Surgery

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Though cosmetic surgery patients were once almost exclusively women, times have changed, and so have societal norms. Now, more adults than ever – both men and women alike – are opting for cosmetic procedures to improve their self-esteem or provide them with the anti-aging benefits they desire to be more competitive in the job market or when seeking a new romantic partner.

However, did you know there are several key factors separating men and women who are considering getting facial plastic surgery? Qualified cosmetic surgeons like Austin-based Dr. Malena Amato have the specialized training required to customize procedures based on gender, among other factors.

The Battle of the Sexes: Anatomical Differences

When performing plastic surgery, Dr. Amato uses her extensive knowledge of facial anatomy to achieve the best results. For example, men tend to have larger faces on average, especially around the jawline and neck. Male patients also usually have firmer ligaments connecting muscles to bones, which can create a greater challenge when making some cosmetic improvements. Men also have more vascular structures in the face, which can put them at a somewhat higher risk of bleeding and scarring.

Thanks to testosterone, male skin tends to be approximately 25 percent thicker than women’s skin, and they often have more collagen density as well, which slows their aging process. There is also less societal pressure on men to look younger longer, so Dr. Amato frequently sees male patients coming in for their first consultation at a considerably older age than women seeking their first cosmetic procedure.

Men’s and women’s facial structures also consistently change differently with time, which helps explain why men and women have characteristic patterns of aging. Men tend to have less bony support around the eyes, which increases the likelihood they’ll develop hollow, deep-set eyes and undereye bags that necessitate blepharoplasty surgery.

Cosmetic Preferences

Men and women also have different aesthetic concerns. When men come in for facial surgery consultations, they often request better-defined facial contours. On the other hand, many women seek to restore lost volume in their mid-face region, and are hoping to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and soften harsh angles that have emerged as their skin thins and sags with age.

Women and men who are considering undergoing one or more cosmetic procedures should choose a highly trained plastic surgeon who fully understands both the anatomical and the aesthetic sides of the equation. These factors impact what techniques will provide the best results, both in terms of healing time and ideal aesthetic results.

As one example, consider facial lifting, which is becoming increasingly sought-after among male patients. While women can easily hide bruising and incision sites with their makeup and hairstyle, most men either cannot or do not want to pursue this option. Since most men keep their hair cut shorter (or even have receding hairlines) and probably do not wear makeup, Dr. Amato must take all these factors into account to make it as inconspicuous as possible that her male patients had cosmetic surgery.

Customized Facial Plastic Surgery for Men and Women

Dr. Amato relies on her years of specialized training to develop custom treatment plans that enhance your natural facial features and leave you looking younger and more refreshed. Now, your aesthetic goals are well within reach. Schedule an in-person consultation to discuss your ideal outcomes with Dr. Amato. She will help you decide the best way to improve your appearance, reduce unwanted wrinkles, and help you feel more confident about the way you look.