Eyelid Surgery for Men
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most common facial procedures performed in men. With aging, excess skin of the upper eyelid starts to droop, and can even get so bad that vision is partially obstructed. Upper eyelid surgery is often combined with a browlifting procedure in women, but this is less common in men. Lower eyelid surgery aims to remove extra skin, but also to reposition bulges of fat under the eyes and smooth out any deep grooves. Upper and lower eyelid surgery can be safely performed at the same time, or as a component of a full facial rejuvenation procedure. Occasionally a laser is used at the same time as eyelid surgery to further firm up any lax skin in the area.
Eyelid Surgery Procedures
Incisions on the eyelids typically heal very well because the skin is thin and the final scar is nearly imperceptible with the eyes open. The upper eyelid incision is placed several millimeters above the upper eyelashes, and the lower eyelid incision is usually placed directly under the lower eyelashes where there is usually a small subtle groove already. Along with moving the excess skin, fat deposits in the area may be removed or redistributed to achieve a youthful look. If there is no excess skin the lower eyelid, and the problem is just bulging fat, the surgical incision is placed on the inner pink tissue of the lower eyelid, thus making the final scar impossible to see. The repositioning of soft tissues in the eyelids is done with absorbable sutures that dissolve after several weeks. Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Sutures are removed within one week after eyelid surgery, and this is typically when patients return to work. Strenuous activities can be resumed in about three weeks. Scarring is usually minimal after three weeks and almost undetectable in six months.