Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to achieve a male-model look. I think that I have rather feminine facial features and I would like to look masculine. I was thinking about a square and a big jaw to match my high and curved forehead, a Rhinoplasty, Dimples, and high cheek bones implants. Do you think I will need anything else? I want to look handsome, a 1010 by most women scale. I don’t have a precise male model look that I thought of, but I guess I will choose the one that would naturally suit my face the most. What do you think, can we achieve it? Do I need all of the procedures I listed? Do I need any other procedures?
A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. Let me first start off by making some general comments about structural facial surgery, particularly in men. The use of the term, ‘male model look’, really refers to creating some angularity and definition in the facial bone highlights and overall better facial balance and harmony of the features. This does not mean that one will ever look like a male model or may even be considered strikingly more handsome after such features. All plastic surgery can do is help a patient have better facial features and improve the facial foundation and the face that nature has given them. Therefore, while I understand quite clearly your objective and improvements can be made, I do not like young male face patients to have goals such as ‘male model’ or ‘I’ll be a 10’ after surgery. This is a setup for disappointment.
That being said, I will work on some computer imaging and show you what may be achieveable with a variety of procedures.
Dr. Barry Eppley