Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) for Men
When you shake someone’s hand, there are two basic rules: a firm grip and a look in the eyes. Perhaps for this reason or others, the eyes are often the first thing we notice about new people—and they’re the first thing new people often notice about you. As you age, the tissue around your eyes, especially in the eyelid, can begin to sag and lose elasticity. Not only can this cause your face to look older than it is, but it can also create real, practical issues with your vision by obstructing your sight. The solution to this problem is a relatively minimalistic procedure called blepharoplasty—or, more commonly, an eyelid lift.
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What is Eyelid Lift for Men?
The eyes are a part of the body that, while small, make a large impact. The same could be said of an eyelid lift, though the procedure is not without its logistic challenges. An eyelid lift is not as simple as excising excess tissue from the end of your eyelid. In order to preserve the natural look of your eyelid (such as your eyelashes) the sites that are excised are carefully chosen. During the procedure, your ECAPS plastic surgeon will remove excess skin from your eyelid.
The result is an eyelid that looks much more youthful—smoother, more natural, and less distracting. Sometimes, an eyelid lift may be paired with another procedure, such as a browlift or a facelift, but it is also quite common to isolate the eyes for the procedure, especially in our male patients who view those forehead wrinkles as distinguishing. Many of our patients notice a significant improvement not only in vision after an eyelid lift, but also in the overall look of the face. Lax eyelids can make you look angry, tired, or sad—so many will notice that you suddenly look happier, more energized, and maybe a bit more youthful. But eyelid lifts are subtle enough that you can achieve a big result without making your plastic surgery noticeable. In other words, the eyelid lift for men New Jersey patients love starts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift for Men?
An eyelid lift can be an undertaking, so before beginning it’s a good idea to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. The plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery look for the following:
- You are relatively healthy and will be able to endure the stresses of surgery
- You are unhappy with your vision due to your eyelids
- Your eyelids exhibit excess skin, and this excess tissue makes you look sad, angry, or tired when you are not feeling those emotions
- You have excessive wrinkling around your eyelids
- Your lower eyelids have fatty deposits that you would like eliminated
- You are bothered by signs of aging around your eyes, or would simply like to look more youthful around your eyes
During your confidential consultation with the highly qualified plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, you will be free to discuss your desired goals and what you would like your final look to entail. In consultation with your limits and desires, your plastic surgeon will determine how best to achieve those goals. You should also be prepared to discuss a detailed medical history, including allergies, treatments, and tobacco use, among other information. Volunteering this information is vital to ensuring the success of your operation and the longevity of your results.
Special Considerations For Eyelid Lift for Men
Expectations for this procedure can vary wildly from patient to patient, so it’s important to proceed thoughtfully, especially in the following areas:
- Expectations: As with many other aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, it’s important to maintain healthy expectations in terms of what the operation can accomplish.
- Medical Conditions: You should be strong enough for major surgery and should not be using tobacco products at the time of your operation.
Surgery and Recovery
Depending on both your preferences and your surgeon’s preferences, blepharoplasty is sometimes performed in an onsite surgical suite and sometimes it is performed in a hospital setting. You and your plastic surgeon will determine whether general anesthesia or a more localized approach, with the help of general sedation, will yield the best results. Your ECAPS plastic surgeon will make an incision just above the eye but below the eyebrows. The scars will be placed so as to be hidden by the natural folds and wrinkles of the area around the eye.
The recovery period for blepharoplasty procedures varies greatly by patient and by the scope of work performed. However, you can usually be back to work between five and seven days after the procedure, though makeup may be required to hide bruising. Swelling may persist for up to two weeks, but usually diminishes after that point. You may also be required to wait two to three weeks before exercising. Your ECAPS plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed and individualized recovery instructions. Following these instructions is a vital step in ensuring the quality and longevity of your results.