Facelifts and thick skin
Posted: 1:46 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: My husband has sagging of his face and neck and wants a facelift. I’ve heard it is harder for men to get a good result due to their thicker skin. If this is true, what are his options?
Answer: Men tend to have thicker skin than women. Generally speaking, thicker skin in men as well as women weighs down, being more susceptible to the pull of gravity.
Facelift surgery can be successfully performed in many thick-skinned patients — male and female. However, sometimes the settling effects four to six months after a facelift can be greater in thick-skinned individuals.
Unfortunately, there is no consistent way to predict which patient will settle more since other factors, such as poor tissue elasticity, can also contribute to settling after facelift surgery.
One viable solution for thicker-skinned patients is to pre-treat the sagging face and neck tissues with Ulthera, which can tighten and lift the skin and deeper tissues by stimulating collagen regeneration. In fact, male patients with thicker skin tend to respond quite well to Ultherapy™ treatments. One reason may be that thicker skin often has a higher collagen content than thin skin. Therefore, there may be a larger amount of collagen containing tissue in thicker skin for Ulthera to more effectively stimulate regeneration.
Combining Ultherapy™ with facelift surgery can give effective results in cases where surgery alone is not sufficient. A thorough consultation with your facial plastic surgeon can help you decide on the best options for you.