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.
Male eyelid surgery is primarily performed to address:
• Signs of ageing in the area of the eye
• Vision impairment due to sagging upper eyelids
• Lack of eyelid crease
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.
How does male eyelid surgery differ for men?
Surgically, both an upper and lower blepharoplasty does not differ greatly for men than it does for women. The main difference is the contouring of the upper eyelid, as many men will still want to maintain a ‘masculine’ appearance after the blepharoplasty. This means there will be a slight difference in the removal of the excess skin and fat, as well as the repositioning of fat.
Am I a good candidate for male eyelid surgery?
To be considered for male eyelid surgery, you will need to be above the age of 18 years old. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit smoking at least two weeks prior to the procedure, as well as during the recovery period. You should have realistic expectations about what male eyelid surgery can achieve and how different you will actually look. Male eyelid surgery can be performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes, or to help your image and self-esteem.
You may also be a suitable candidate if you:
- Have accelerated signs of ageing around the eyes
- Have difficulty seeing due to sagging on the upper eyelid
- Would like to have a more youthful appearance
Men who are considered unsuitable for eyelid surgery include those who have medical problems such as heart issues, eye disease and dry eyes.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with male eyelid surgery.
What does the male eyelid surgery procedure entail?
The upper eyelid 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. An upper blepharoplasty will generally be performed under a local anaesthetic.
The lower eyelid procedure usually includes removing excess fat from the area above the cheekbone, 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. As this procedure is more detailed, it is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Centre for Surgery uses the TIVA anaesthetic technique.
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.
Interested in a male blepharoplasty? This is a procedure that Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out if you are a good candidate and to book a consultation.