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Is Blepharoplasty Right For You? Advice For Men

by Claire Ward

More than 160,000 people underwent blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in 2013, and the procedure is popular with men and women. The number of people having blepharoplasty increased 5.4 percent compared to the previous year, and this procedure is now the third most popular type of plastic surgery in the United States. If you're thinking of having this work done, you should learn more about the procedure, and find out if there are any special considerations that men should make.

Why people choose to have blepharoplasty

The aging process has a significant visual effect on your eyes. As people grow older, they may start to see loose or sagging skin, puffiness, droopiness of the eyelids or extra skin and wrinkles on the lower eyelids. Several factors can influence the onset of aging around the eyes. Some people's genetics mean that they don't see these problems until later in life, but diet, medications and lifestyle can all take their toll. A lot of men have problems with their eyelids due to heavy smoking or sun exposure.

Aging signs around the eyes can affect self-confidence, and many men decide to take action to reverse these symptoms. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can significantly improve eyelid appearance, and the effects can often last for ten years or more.

In some cases, a doctor may recommend blepharoplasty for medical reasons. For example, droopy eyelids can sometimes obscure your vision, so a physician may suggest eyelid surgery, and some men also have problems wearing spectacles due to their baggy eyelids. Functional blepharoplasty can also help men who have forehead discomfort from tired muscles.

Suitability

Blepharoplasty is most popular for men aged 51 to 64, although a lot of people over 35 also have the surgery. You should remember that the procedure does not stop the aging process, so the effects won't last forever. A doctor will also assess you for other risk factors. For example, some optical problems (like dry eye), diabetes and thyroid disease can all present surgical risk factors, and your doctor may recommend that you don't have the work done.

Double eyelid surgery is a popular form of this procedure among Asian men and women. The first person to have this cosmetic procedure in the United States was a man, but the surgery is more complex for people of Asian origin. The unique structure of an Asian man's eyelids may affect the outcome from blepharoplasty. In many cases, Asian blepharoplasty patients often end up with a more Westernized appearance, but this isn't always what they want. 

Special considerations for men

While the technique of blepharoplasty is much the same for men as it is for women, you will need to make some special considerations.

Men generally prefer the surgeon to:

  • Carry out less extensive work, as men prefer a less obvious change.
  • Avoid a high upper eyelid crease, as women normally want this for cosmetic reasons
  • Prevent visible scars, as men don't generally wear make-up and cannot conceal these scars
  • Avoid an upward flare to the outer brow (another feminine feature)

You should talk to your surgeon about the likely results you can expect him or her to achieve.

How blepharoplasty affects your eyesight

If your droopy eyelids are affecting your eyesight, blepharoplasty will almost certainly improve your vision. That aside, the procedure is likely to cause temporary discomfort. Your eye doctor will give you advice about how to treat any swelling. You may also experience bruising and soreness, which should quickly subside. Indeed, most patients can normally resume wearing contact lenses seven to ten days after the surgery.

Eyelid surgery will not stop you having corrective laser eye surgery, but you may need to wait some time after the work to have further surgery. Most eye doctors recommend that you wait six months after eyelid surgery before you decide to have laser eye surgery.

In some cases, patients suffer a condition called retrobulbar hemorrhage. This condition can cause vision loss, but studies show that these symptoms rarely occur. The risk of hemorrhage is greater in the three hours following surgery, and quickly decreases over the following 24 hours. Your eye doctor will explain this risk to you before you decide to have eyelid surgery.

Eyelid surgery is an increasingly popular choice for American men, and can restore youthful looks and confidence. That aside, you should carefully consider the risks and benefits of this procedure before you decide to undergo treatment. For more information, contact a specialist, such as My Plastic Surgery Group.


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