The eyes can often give away the first signs of ageing. As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles around the eyes relax. Ageing around the eye area affects both men and women alike, and many men look to male blepharoplasty to refresh their look for a more youthful appearance. Many men desire the so-called ‘executive edge’ so that they can look as young as they feel in the boardroom.
As men age, the eyelids can droop with excess fat and skin, while a shift in fat can cause under eye bags and puffiness. Not only does this age you, often prematurely, but it can also give a permanent look of tiredness.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is surgery on the eyelids, removing fat and excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelid. The aim is to improve droopy or hooded eyelids or eye bags. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or a brow lift.
An incision is made on the upper eyelid in the natural crease. This may extend into the laughter lines (crow’s feet) area. The excess skin, muscle and fat are trimmed, and the incision is closed with fine sutures. Incisions will be invisible once healed.
‘Natural’ is at the heart of Mr Karidis’ philosophy, with ‘the aim of surgery… to make people look better, not different.’ Blepharoplasty will give you a more youthful, rested appearance.
Male skin tends to be thicker, with a lower brow. As a result, there are subtle differences between the various approaches for male and female blepharoplasty.
FAQs for Male Blepharoplasty
The benefits of eye surgery include:
- A boost in self-esteem
- A refreshed, younger look
- Smoothing the wrinkles in the corners of your eyes
- An added confidence
- Improved vision for some patients (where obstructing excess skin has been removed)
Surgery on the upper eyelids removes excess skin and fat. An incision is made in the natural crease line in the upper eyelids. Sometimes the incision extends to the laughter line area. Once the excess skin and fat have been trimmed, the incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
Surgery on the lower eyelids depends on the patient’s circumstance, requirements and preferences. If prominent lower eye bags with loose skin need correcting, you will have a transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
During this procedure, an incision is made underneath the eyelashes and extends around 1cm outwards to the laughter line area. The skin is then lifted upwards and outwards to create tension and the overlapping skin is removed.
Plan to take it easy for a week after the surgery. For the first 4-5 days most patients will want to rest at home – with two swollen black eyes and surrounding bruising your appearance will be alarming to others, but rest assured, the bruising and swelling will disappear completely over the coming weeks.
Lower eyelid surgery takes longer to recover than upper eyelid surgery. You should, however, be able to read or watch television reasonably comfortably after 2-3 days. Contact lenses should be avoided for 2-3 weeks, and even then, may feel uncomfortable for a while.
With upper eyelid surgery, you should be able to go back to work after 5-7 days. As stated above, lower eyelids take more time to settle and therefore you probably would need about 10-14 days off work. Everyone is different, and some people have needed 3 to 4 weeks of recovery, but they are a minority.
It is vital that you avoid sport and heavy lifting for the first 3 weeks as these will raise your blood pressure.
A surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee and hospital fee will be required. You will be given a breakdown of these costs on the day of your consultation. Finance is a great way to spread the cost if needed.
The swelling will be at its most severe immediately following your blepharoplasty. Your skin will feel tight in the eye area, with considerable bruising. You may also experience sticky, gummy eyes and a slight leakage of blood from the incisions for a week or so.
At this initial stage, your eyes can even look a bit uneven and over-pulled in the corners – this is simply the internal stitches pulling as they support the eyelids as they heal.
It may take a couple of weeks before the eye area has settled down. Most of the swelling disappears after the first 10 days. The bruising discolouration may last a bit longer – up to one month in some cases.
This is all perfectly normal. Your eyes will soon heal, to reveal your new fresh and youthful look.
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