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Cosmetic facial enhancement needs differ from patient to patient, depending on the level of correction needed and personal preferences. One of the deciding factors in approaching a face lift, however, is the difference between facial aging in men and women. This translates to the need for different approaches to cosmetic surgery in male patients vs. female patients.

Signs of Facial Aging in Men

Age has a lot of universal impacts on the human body, regardless of specific gender. In general, aging adults will notice the formation of lines and wrinkles, as well as changes in skin tone and texture. Skin becomes more lax with age, as muscles loosen and collagen production drops off.

Many men considering cosmetic surgery, however, may notice that they’re more likely to get deep forehead wrinkles compared to women of the same age. Men are also more likely to notice that the prominence of their chin diminishes with the surrounding changes in their neck and jowls.

For many men, minimally invasive procedures are the first line of defense against the more visible signs of facial aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily paralyzes the muscles at the injection site, smoothing lines and wrinkles away in the treated area. Injectable fillers can be used to fill in deeper lines and wrinkles, while laser skin resurfacing or microdermabrasion can actually remove the dull outer layer of skin to reveal more youthful, glowing skin below. Eyelid surgery, chin implants, brow lift and face lift can all be incorporated either together or separately to repair the more advanced signs of facial aging in men.

Signs of Facial Aging in Women

Women’s faces are subject to the same general changes as men, but with a few significant differences. Like older men, older women will notice that their skin becomes looser and more delicate with age, and fullness around the cheeks often diminishes along with the decline in their collagen production.

However, unlike men, women often see a greater number of fine lines around the eye area as the earliest sign of facial aging, often called crow’s feet. Laugh lines around the mouth are another early indicator of aging in women, and women have a greater tendency to develop more prominently sagging skin around the lower face and neck, sometimes called “turkey neck.”

More women are also pursuing minimally invasive treatments to keep facial aging at bay for longer. Dermal fillers can fill in the deep laugh lines around the mouth, while BOTOX® Cosmetic is often used around the eyes for crow’s feet. These two treatments are actually quite complementary, and are often used together for more comprehensive results.

Like men, women also pursue minor surgeries like an eyelift or brow lift initially before moving on to a traditional face lift. Face lifts primarily address the signs of aging throughout the lower face and neck, so combining upper facial surgery like a brow lift at the same time is very common.

Aging Gracefully Together

In recent years, cosmetic surgeons have seen an increase in Detroit couples who are pursuing surgical treatments together, either at the same time or with one patient coming in for a consultation after their partner has recently had work done. With the variety of minimally invasive treatments and surgical cosmetic options available, there’s simply no reason that the modern couple can’t age gracefully together.

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