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What is male eyelid surgery?
Male eyelid surgery, also known as male blepharoplasty, is a procedure which tightens the eyelids, removes excess fat, and minimises the appearance of ageing. Your surgeon may recommend either upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of both.
What does male eyelid surgery correct?
Male eyelid surgery is primarily performed to address:
• Signs of aging in the area of the eye
• Vision impairment due to sagging upper eyelids
• Lack of eyelid crease
Because each of these situations is completely unique, and because every individual has different goals and aesthetic ideals, the procedure and outcome may vary. Most men who seek male eyelid surgery do so to correct accelerated signs of ageing, including sagging and wrinkled upper eyelid skin and puffy lower lids which can make you look much older than you are and create a tired appearance.
Men from professional and managerial occupations, in particular, may be interested in male eyelid surgery to improve their reputation at work, where a tired appearance may reflect negatively, regardless of the quality of work.
What does the male eyelid surgery procedure entail?
The upper eyelid (blepharoplasty) procedure consists of removing excess fat from under the eyebrow, removing excess skin from the lid area, and reconnecting the incised skin with very fine sutures to create a smoother, more youthful appearance in the upper lid.
The lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) procedure usually includes removing excess fat from the area above the cheek bone, which may have been causing a puffy and tired look. This is usually done by removing the fat and repositioning the fat if necessary, followed by removing excess skin and using fine sutures to close the skin incision for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
It is a recognised error for surgeons to remove too much tissue from the upper or lower eyelid, which results in a hollowed out, skeletal appearance. Be sure to discuss this concern with your surgeon when you meet for your initial consultation. Your surgeon should have special expertise in performing periorbital surgery.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the blepharoplasty procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your blepharoplasty surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the male eyelid surgery procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
A blepharoplasty surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery, maxillofacial surgery or ophthalmology background. All four surgical specialities are fully trained to perform male eyelid surgery.
While many men may be interested in male eyelid surgery, it is not for everyone. Men with serious medical problems such as heart problems, eye diseasess, and dry eyes may not be an ideal candidate for male eyelid surgery. An ideal candidate is a man who:
• Shows accelerated signs of aging around the eyes
• Has difficulty seeing due to sagging upper eyelid skin
• Would like to give his eyes a more youthful appearance
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with male eyelid surgery
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The male eyelid surgery procedure is performed for cosmetic and functional purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
- Periorbital puffiness amplifing the aged look
- Droopy eyelids that make you look very tired, even if you feeling energetic.
- Droopy eyelids that droop so much as to impair vision
Am I an ideal candidate for male eyelid surgery?
The procedure are for those who have:
- Loose skin under the eyes giving them an aged appearance
- Droopy upper eyelids and sometimes impairing vision
- Eye bags under the eyes
- Heavy, droopy eyes
How is male eyelid surgery performed?
In upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes skin that is loose and causing wrinkling. In lower blepharoplasty surgery, the fat will also have to be repositioned to eliminate the puffiness and eyebag appearance.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes about an hour for completion, unless there are complicating factors.
What is the recovery period like?
Expect some redness and swelling for the first few days following your surgery, and ointments can be applied on the incision areas to ease the discomfort. For the first week the patient should avoid activities that may dry the eyes including wearing contact lens, reading, watching TV, etc. Dark sunglasses are recommended to be worn for a few weeks to prevent possible irritation from the sun and wind. You should also avoid strenuous activities for the first 3-4 weeks.
Will I have scars after male eyelid surgery?
Scarring is minimal, and the scars will become almost invisible when the eyes are open.
Are the results permanent?
Male eyelid surgery is virtually permanent. The results could be affected by the aging process however.