Male eyelid surgery differs than eyelid surgery for women. The goal of male eyelid surgery is to create a natural-looking, masculine appearance and not overly excise the skin which can feminize the eyes.
Dr. Bajaj specializes in this male-specific procedure, giving men the opportunity to enhance their eyes without appearing to have had surgery.
What is Male Eyelid Surgery?
Male eyelid surgery, a Bajaj Plastic Surgery specialty, is a cosmetic procedure dedicated to improving the looks and vibrance of men’s eyes. The principles are similar between eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) on both men and women; however, there are some subtle differences. The contour and shape of men’s eyelids and eyebrows differ from women, male eyelid skin tends to be thicker, and the muscles heavier. Dr. Bajaj understands that these differences, although subtle, are significant enough to deem a procedure specifically for men.
Reasons to Get Eyelid Surgery
Ptosis is a term used to describe drooping upper eyelids. Muscles not functioning properly can cause the upper lids to droop, occasionally impairing vision. Ptosis can occur in one or both eyes, Typically, ptosis occurs with age as the muscle attachments begin to weaken. However, it can be congenital, or present from birth. If so, it is highly recommended to address it at an early age because the muscles may not fully develop and cause lasting vision problems.
Ectropion and entropion are terms used to refer to the positioning of the lower eyelids. Ectropion is when the lower eyelid pulls outward. When this happens, it leaves the white portion of the globe (eye) underneath the iris exposed and unprotected. This most commonly happens with aging, but it can occur from trauma, stroke, or prior surgeries.
Entropion is when the lower eyelid flips inward and rubs against the eye. With this condition, the eye can become irritated and red, creating sensitivity to light and wind. Scratched corneas or infection can develop from entropion and can result in permanent damage to the eye. Entropion can occur from birth, aging, or trauma.
Double eyelid surgery is a popular technique used to create a crease in the eyelid for those who lack one. This procedure is commonly performed on patients of Asian descent. The crease made in the eyelid divides it into two segments, creating a more Caucasian appearance.
Male Eyelid Surgery Candidates
Male eyelid surgery patients should be in good health. The ideal candidates are men who experience sagging upper eyelids, wrinkles or deep creases around the eye, under eye bags or puffiness, and/or excess drooping lower eyelid skin. These conditions make men look older than their true age and also appear tired. Drooping eyelids can also be a physical hindrance, blocking eyesight. While some men may want this procedure to fix physical hindrances, others may just desire a cosmetic enhancement.
No matter the case, male eyelid surgery can restore men’s eyes to a more youthful, alert, vibrant state.
During your one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Anu Bajaj, you will explain the concerns you have with the appearance of your eyes and your aesthetic wishes. Please also share any medical conditions or past surgeries as well as any conditions related to your eyes. Dr. Bajaj will perform a detailed examination of your eyes, and she will be able to determine the best techniques to reach your goals. Both you and she will decide on the best course of action together.
You will be shown before and after pictures of men who underwent the same or similar procedures to give you a general idea of possible outcomes; however, results are different for each patient. It is important to note that patients should have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish. Results will vary between patients as each patient undergoes a technique that is tailored to their needs. Eyelid surgery also does not address discoloration of the skin.
Certain medical tests and evaluations need to be completed prior to your surgery; these may include a vision test and tear production test. All antibiotics and medications prescribed by Dr. Bajaj will need to be filled before your surgery so you have them readily available afterwards. Refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol, anti-inflammatory medications, and herbal supplements for the month leading up to your procedure.
You will need to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you following surgery. Stock your home with plenty of ice packs or ice cubes, gauze, and clean washcloths for your recovery. You will also want to make sure you have extra pillows at home to keep your head elevated. Plan on taking at least a few days off from work after your procedure; proper rest is the most important part of the recovery process. It may take 5-7 days for the bruising and swelling to subside.
There are different techniques that can be applied to enhance the appearance of your eyes. During your consultation you will discuss with Dr. Bajaj the aspects of your eyes that bother you and that you would like to improve. She will determine the appropriate technique that will provide you with optimal results.
To enhance the upper eyes, Dr. Bajaj will make an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This allows her to remove excess skin and tissue as necessary to achieve desired results and still have an inconspicuous scar that fades and blends with time. Sometimes men desire a more full looking upper eye, in which case fat can be added to certain parts of the eyelid to create a pleasing contour. Fine sutures are used to close eyelid incisions.
To create rejuvenated lower eyelids, an incision can be made inside the eyelid (transconjunctival) or near the lash line (subciliary.) Both have their merits, so the technique chosen will depend on your desired outcome. Subciliary is typically used for drooping under eye skin, while transconjunctival is good for removing fat bulges. During the lower eyelid surgery, fat, tissue, muscle, and skin are either removed or repositioned. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.
Other procedures may also be done to improve the area around the eyes and brows. Some of these procedure can be done alone or in addition to a blepharoplasty.
Some men may also have droopy brows. The brows may sag and cover the upper eyelid. A Brow Lift procedure lifts the brows to a more youthful position by removing excess skin on the forehead or above the eyebrows as necessary. The incision used will depend on your specific case and if you opt to undergo any additional facial procedures.
For men who want to go the non-surgical route, Botox is an injectible which can reduce eye and forehead wrinkles. It works by restricting the movement of muscles underneath the wrinkled areas, making the skin appear smoother. Botox is a temporary fix, so injections are needed every few months to maintain results – typically, botox will last for 2-4 months. This treatment is ideal for men who suffer from fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead, or crows feet; it does not address excess skin and will not produce the same dramatic results as blepharoplasty surgery.
If you are looking for another non-surgical approach, a chemical peel is a procedure that removes the damaged outer layer of facial skin to reveal smoother skin. It is able to address fine lines, wrinkles, rough skin texture, and uneven complexion. Chemical peels will not provide the same results as blepharoplasty and may not treat the peri-orbital area specifically, but is great for those who are looking more so for a pick-me-up, rather than surgery.
Recovery varies between patients, but typically after male eyelid surgery some degree of swelling and bruising is normal and will subside with time. You will be given instructions on how to keep your incisions clean and prevent dry eyes. Vision may be slightly blurred for a few days as well as some sensitivity to light; this too will resolve on its own and sunglasses can be worn to help in the immediate post-operative period. You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated; this aids the healing process and helps to decrease swelling. Cold compresses can help alleviate discomfort, and pain medication can be prescribed if necessary.
Sutures are removed at your postoperative visit generally 5-7 days after your procedure, and in some cases self-absorbing sutures are used which do not require removal. In any case, your follow-up appointment will serve as an opportunity for Dr. Bajaj to assess your healing progress and make any adjustments if seen necessary.
This procedure cannot fight against the normal aging process which may involve skin losing elasticity over time. However, after male eyelid surgery, you will lose that tired appearance of your eyes.
The cost of your procedure will vary depending on your specific needs. Undergoing additional procedures at the same time as your eyelid surgery will alter the price as well. To receive a quote, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajaj and begin your journey to strong, vibrant eyes.