Keeping It Real

SYDNEY PLASTIC SURGEON DR DARRYL HODGKINSON SAYS THE KEY TO NATURAL-LOOKING RESULTS FOR MEN IS TO KEEP IT MASCULINE.

A lot of men are hesitant about undergoing cosmetic surgery because they’re worried they will end up with an obvious, ‘operated on’ or even feminine look. While some women may be after a more substantial, ‘glamorised’ result from surgery, men want to look younger and more vital but do not want to look as if they have ‘gone under the knife’.

The widespread derision Paul Hogan faced after his facelift or that of other male celebrities after cosmetic surgery such as Michael Jackson for his rhinoplasty or Mickey Rourke for his facelift have left many men wary of heading down that path themselves.

I believe the secret to male facial cosmetic surgery is to leave the lines of expression and some of the rugged features of the face alone while addressing the feature or features out of balance with the face. This can include the nose or telltale signs of ageing such as a sagging neck and jowls and deep nasolabial folds.

Before and after rhinoplasty by Dr Hodgkinson

THE MALE NOSE

A man’s nose must never be cute, scooped out or too dissimilar to the patient’s original nose. The ideal male nose should be strong and fit in harmoniously with the other facial features and his ethnicity.
The most common mistake in male rhinoplasty is to categorically reduce the size of the nose. Most people find that attractive and handsome men’s noses have strong bridges, defined tips and are neither petite nor delicate. Trying to create too perfect a nose for the male face will most likely result in a ‘plastic’ and operated-on look.

Before and after facelift and neck lift by Dr Hodgkinson

THE MALE FACE

I believe that a man’s face should have character, and the lines of expression that people associate with a strong face must never be tight and ‘pulled’ to create a blank and unnatural look. It is of upmost importance in the male facelift that the underlying structures (tissues and muscles) are tightened first so there is no tension placed on the skin, avoiding that tight or obvious ‘operated’ look.

Men always worry that with their shorter hairstyles and/or balding the scars will be easily detected. In a proper deep plane facelift, this is a misconception as the scars can be concealed almost imperceptibly in creases and behind the ear in typical cases.

Lesser facelifts such as skin lifts, which go by many names, use the skin much like ‘cling wrap’ to hold up these muscular structures. This creates not only tension on scars which are likely to be more obvious and stretched but can also create unnatural contours of the face and remove the natural lines of character and expression.

These less invasive procedures require less expertise and experience and therefore less cost, but I believe they do not deliver effective results that are natural-looking, masculine and attractive at the same time.