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It would be misleading to think of plastic surgery is only relevant to women. In 2019, more than a million and a half men consulted plastic surgeons, according to the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery’s (ISAPS) annual report. There’s no denying that appearance plays a big role in our lives – it allows us to make a positive first impression, move up the career ladder faster, achieve popularity with the opposite sex or maintain our youth. All this can be achieved through modern plastic surgery. But at the same time, facial plastic surgery for men has its nuances. In this article, we’ll tell you what procedures are popular with our patients, what are the benefits of modern aesthetic medicine and where to go if you’re interested in plastic surgery.



Which plastic surgeries are popular among men?

Jaw and chin augmentation

    According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons, jaw and chin plastic surgery is among the most popular procedures among men.


The shape of the jaw, cheekbones and chin determines the perception of the whole face and enhances masculinity. Patients who turn to plastic surgeons want a big, expressive chin, a square jaw and high cheekbones.


Modern facial plastic surgery uses minimally invasive techniques and leaves no scars. The surgeon makes incisions inside the oral cavity and, depending on your goals, gently saws away excess bone tissue or adds volume with implants.


Facial implants are mostly made of solid silicone, so they can last a lifetime. Medpor or Gore-Tex implants are sometimes available.


Jaw implants

Since the lateral projection and protrusion of the angle of the jaw is a masculine and aesthetically pleasing feature, many patients want to achieve it surgically. These implants are placed in pairs, one on each side. They are placed through a small incision in the back of the mouth near the depression between the gingiva and the inside of the lip or cheek.

Chin implants

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The shape of the chin, which is created during plastic surgery, is modelled by mathematical measurements. Doctors use the so-called ‘Frankfort horizon’, an imaginary line drawn parallel to the floor from a point at the bottom of the eye socket to a point at the top of the ear canal. The ‘ideal’ chin should protrude forward to an imaginary line drawn from the lower lip downwards.


A chin implant can be placed through a small incision on the inside of the mouth or concealed under the chin. The incision under the chin is most often used when chin implants are combined with a face or neck lift.

Midface implants

As we age, there is a loss of volume in the middle part of the face. Men seek rejuvenation treatments, but the specifics will also be different than for women. To get natural results, excessive fullness in the middle part of the face, which is a typical feminine feature, should be avoided. For this reason, doctors use more conservative techniques. One of the most popular male rejuvenation surgery techniques is the midface implant. It is inserted through a small incision inside the cheek and allows to achieve a more youthful facial contour.



Facial contouring


from $8,200

Procedure duration

30 min to 2 hours

When can you return to work

In 2 weeks

How long will it take for the swelling to go down?

3-4 weeks, completely gone in half a year


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Male rhinoplasty

    According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rhinoplasty was the number one surgery among men in 2020.


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Successful rhinoplasty can improve facial symmetry, resize and/or reshape the nose, minimise flaws on the bridge of the nose and remove a bulging tip or a hooked nose. Experienced plastic surgeons consider not only the desired shape of the nose but also the overall proportions of the face. The result of this surgery not only eliminates flaws in the face but also enhances its benefits. Rhinoplasty may interest athletes with nasal injuries.


The benefits of nasal surgery for men:


    иконка галочкиImproved nose symmetry. The patient can achieve a natural-looking nose that matches the other facial features. 

    иконка галочкиCorrection of structural nasal defects. In many cases, a male nose job corrects structural nasal defects and helps to eliminate breathing problems. 

    иконка галочкиImprove self-confidence. Nose jobs in men can improve the appearance of the face and increase self-esteem. 


A special feature of male rhinoplasty is that the surgeon is tasked with emphasising the external characteristics of a masculine face. The male nose, unlike the female nose, usually has a prominent, straight nose bridge and a nasal tip that protrudes at a 90-degree angle between the nose and the upper lip.


There are three possible approaches to surgery:


    иконка галочкиOpen – an incision is made in the area between the nostrils. This approach is used to reshape the tip of the nose. This leaves a small, almost invisible scar.  

    иконка галочкиClosed – the postoperative scars are hidden inside the nose. However, this way the surgeon can achieve fewer changes than with open surgery.  

    иконка галочкиRhinoplasty with fillers – instead of removing tissue, the surgeon injects fillers to ‘fill in’ depressions, smooth out sharp corners or change the angle of the nasal tip. This surgery is less invasive and recovery will be short and easy.  

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Rhinoplasty can be performed in conjunction with septoplasty – reconstruction of the nasal septum. In rare cases, plastic surgeons may use injections of fatty tissue to add volume to the desired area of the nose.





from €2,900

Duration of procedure

1,5-3 hours

When can you return to work

In 1-2 weeks

How long will it take for the swelling to go down?

6 weeks

Blepharoplasty and bags under the eyes

Ageing of the eye area affects both men and women, and many people seek blepharoplasty to look more youthful. As men age, their eyelids droop due to excess fat and skin, creating under-eye bags and puffiness. This not only prematurely ages the person, but also creates the effect of constant fatigue.


Blepharoplasty can be performed alone or in combination with other facial surgery procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift.


The surgical techniques used for male blepharoplasty differ from the procedures performed on women. Male skin tends to be thicker and the eyebrows are lower. When operating on men, surgeons remove excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelid area and tighten the eyelid muscles. Small incisions made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid are then closed with absorbable sutures.


In upper eyelid blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat are removed. The incision is made along the natural crease line of the upper eyelids. Sometimes it is extended to the “laugh line” area. After removing the excess skin and fat, very small sutures are placed.

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Lower eyelid blepharoplasty depends on the tissue structure as well as the expectations and preferences of the patient. Men most often come in with pronounced bags under the eyes and loose skin. In these cases, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty is performed. For this procedure, an incision is made under the eyelashes, extending approximately 1 cm. The skin is then lifted upwards and outwards to create tension and excess tissue is removed.





from $1,200

Duration of procedure

2 hours

When can you return to work

In 1-2 weeks

How long will it take for the swelling to go down?

4-6 weeks

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    In 2019, facelifts were among the top 5 most popular plastic surgeries. 10% of the patients were men.


Men usually undergo a facelift in combination with contouring to look more masculine or serious. The surgery often aims to create a “chiselled” clear jawline. The second reason for seeking a facelift is age-related changes in appearance.


A common problem that patients present with is a sagging neck, which not only ages but also prevents them from shaving properly. In this case, liposuction, a procedure to remove fat, may be necessary. Liposuction of the neck in men can be tricky because the fat in this area is more fibrous and difficult to remove. Surgeons must have experience in male plastic surgery to achieve natural-looking results.


Because of the anatomical structure of facial tissues, male plastic surgery differs significantly from female plastic surgery. Women have thinner skin as well as muscle and connective tissue, which makes surgery easier for the surgeon. This is all taken into account when planning surgery and choosing surgical techniques. Doctors use techniques designed for the stronger bone structure and dense muscles of the male patient so that there is no “mask effect” after the surgery.

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Due to the structure of the facial skin, men can’t have a “mini facelift”. To achieve the desired result, surgeons strongly recommend a full facelift. It involves more aggressive surgical techniques that are suited to men’s facial tissue structure.


Because of the presence of a beard, the areas where incisions are made are also different. Plastic surgeons take care to ensure that the scar does not disturb the growth line of the beard and sideburns as it heals. They make special incisions parallel to the direction of follicle growth and use techniques to minimise scarring.

    Neck lift


    For a neck lift, the most common procedure is called a direct excision. It consists of removing saggy skin. It is a simple outpatient procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic. In the end, the patient is left with a small zigzag scar on the front of the neck that heals well.

    SMAS lifting


    SMAS is the most popular facelift that uses devices specifically designed for the purpose. The procedure can also be supplemented with lipofilling – subcutaneous injections of the patient’s fatty tissue to give volume in the desired areas. The two specific techniques most commonly used to treat male patients are:

    иконка галочкиLateral SMAS-ectomy is particularly effective for improving the contours of the neck and lower face in men. It complements the shape of the craniofacial architecture, thereby enhancing its natural angularity. 

    иконка галочкиThe High SMAS Facelift is indicated in cases where age-related soft tissue changes are present uniformly throughout the face. It is recommended for men with sunken midface contour, pronounced nasolabial folds and bags under the eyes. 


In addition to more invasive procedures, many older men are interested in Botox injections. They can be performed as a stand-alone procedure if the patient is not ready to undergo full-blown surgery, or in conjunction with other rejuvenation interventions. Botox is often used to correct crow’s feet, forehead creases and neck wrinkles. It can also help with migraines, profuse sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eye area.

In the West, a procedure called “executive edge surgery” is gaining popularity. It was developed by American plastic surgeon Marguerite Burnett specifically for the country’s top CEOs and managers. It involves a set of individually tailored procedures – fillers, lifts, cosmetic skin treatments – that allow patients to achieve a more status-oriented and youthful appearance quickly and effectively.


Post-operative recovery in men is usually faster than in women, due to thicker skin and increased blood circulation. Most patients return to work after two weeks and resume sports after six weeks.



SMAS Facelift


from $2,000

Duration of the procedure

2 weeks

When can you return to work

In 1-2 weeks

How long will it take for the swelling to go down?

3-4 weeks

Where to go for male facial surgery – top doctors and clinics

    Dr Bülent Cihantimur

    Dr Cihantimur is one of the most experienced and popular plastic surgeons in Turkey. He is an honorary member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). The doctor is the author of eight innovative surgical techniques that are used worldwide. Among them are rhinoplasty and the Spider Web facelift. Dr Cihantimur’s professional experience is more than 21 years and during this time he has carried out several thousand successful surgeries.

    Dr Selçuk Aytaç

    Dr Aytaç is a distinguished Turkish plastic surgeon with more than 27 years of experience. He specialises in performing face and body lifts but also has extensive experience in rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. The doctor is a member of the International Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery. He is often invited as a guest of honour at international conferences for his contribution to the development of aesthetic medicine. Selçuk Aytaç practises at the Aesthetic International Clinic.

    Dr Park Sang-Hoon

    Dr Park Sang-Hoon is among the leading facial surgeons at ID Hospital in Korea, one of the country’s strongest centres for plastic surgery. He specialises in oral and maxillofacial surgery and has authored his surgical techniques. He is a frequent guest speaker at international aesthetic medicine conferences and symposia. He is widely known in the West thanks to The New York Times and The Washington Post. His professional experience exceeds 25 years.

    Dr Vincente Paloma Mora

    Dr Vincente Paloma Mora is one of the top 100 doctors in Spain according to Forbes magazine. He specialises in rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty in both men and women. He is the Vice President of the Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SECPRE). He has been practising plastic surgery for over 25 years.

Men’s facial surgery: before and after photos


    иконка галочкиThe plastic surgeries that are most popular among men are rhinoplasty, facial contouring, blepharoplasty, and facelift. 

    иконка галочкиPlastic surgery for men differs from plastic surgery for women due to the differences in the tissue structure: have thicker skin, thicker muscles and increased blood supply. When working with male patients, doctors use special surgical techniques developed for their anatomy. 

    иконка галочкиMen who seek plastic surgery are interested in emphasising masculine facial features and removing signs of ageing. When planning surgeries, surgeons use mathematical formulas to calculate the most natural and attractive proportions. 

    иконка галочкиPatients seek plastic surgery in clinics in Turkey, Korea, and Spain for the best price/quality ratio as well as for excellent patient care. The cost of surgery depends on the specific procedures and starts at $1,200. 

    иконка галочкиSome of the leading plastic surgeons recommended by our patients are Drs Bülent Cihantimur, Selçuk Aytaç, Vincente Paloma Mora and Park Sang-Hoon. 

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