Male blepharoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgeries among men. One of the first signs of aging among men is sagging under the eyes and drooping around the eye creases and brow and the development of “crows feet”. For many men, aging around the eyes contributes to low self-confidence, and their dissatisfaction with the way others might see them gives them reason to elect to have blepharoplasty surgery. Even the slightest reduction of sagging and wrinkling can make a man look years younger, so blepharoplasty is a great option for men who want to shave some years off of their appearance.

However, there are certain things men need to know about blepharoplasty before undergoing surgery to ensure that they will be satisfied with their results. Male blepharoplasty differs from the classic procedure for women in a few important ways. The amount of skin tightening, the placement of incisions, and the natural differences between male and female faces all contribute to differences in male blepharoplasty procedures. Before booking your male blepharoplasty, review this list of things that you want to avoid…

Obvious or drastic changes:

There was a time when looking like you “had work done” was in vogue. Today, the goal of plastic surgery is to create natural results that enhance attractiveness and refresh youthfulness—the “done” look is no longer in fashion. While this is important in any procedure, it is especially important for surgeons performing male eyelift surgery to avoid making obvious or drastic changes to their patients’ faces. The eyes are the most expressive part of the face; small lifts in the eyebrow or narrowing of the eyelids can express to others a change in mood or can communicate various messages. For this reason, surgeons must be careful not to change the shape or structure of the eye too drastically during blepharoplasty to avoid making the patient appear like they are making facial expressions when they are at rest.

High upper eyelid creases:

When discussing with your surgeon the placement of incisions, men need to find a balance between getting a significant amount of lift without raising the upper eyelid crease too much. High upper eyelid creases are more characteristic of women, and therefore gives a feminine appearance to men who mistakenly have their crease raised too high. For women, this is an attractive feature because it allows them more surface area to apply makeup on the upper eyelid. For men, however, the higher the eyelid crease, the greater the risk they run of appearing feminine or looking like they had work done.

Scarring:

In any surgical procedure, patients wish to minimize the amount of scarring. Scarring is inevitable, however, when incisions are made, so patients are often faced with weighing the pros and cons of the benefits from surgery versus the nuisance of scarring post-surgery. For male eyelift surgery, scarring poses a particular problem. The eyes are often the first thing others notice about you: you make connections through eye contact and focus on the eye area when talking with someone. Any scars around the eyes may be visible, and men who do not use makeup to hide such scars are at greater risk of having some visible signs of surgery. Women tend to have an easier time with scarring after blepharoplasty not because they scar differently, but because they are skilled at covering up imperfections with makeup and it is normal to use eyeliner and eye shadow to manipulate the appearance of eyes. Men tend not to use any makeup around the eyes, and so whatever scar naturally occurs from surgery will most likely be visible to others. The scars in a lower eyelid blepharoplasty are placed immediately under the lash margin and extend to the crows feet area laterally. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty scar is place in the base of the eyelid crease when the eye is open and also extends into the crows feet laterally.

Round appearing eyes:

Eyes come in all shapes and sizes, but women tend to accentuate rounder eyes, while men tend to have narrower almond-shaped eyes. Blepharoplasty procedure, while pulling back the loosened skin and pulling taught the sagging under-eyes, may create a rounder looking eye than the original shape of the eye. Many women don’t mind this look, and in fact enjoy having larger, rounder eyes that may appear doll-like. Men, however, should avoid surgery that will create such round eyes because they run the risk of looking feminine and unnatural. Again, surgeons need to be especially cautious with male blepharoplasty to find a balance between lifting the affected area of the eyelids without altering the natural appearance of the eye too much.

For these reasons it is important to choose a skilled, qualified, experienced surgeon like Dr. Edward S. Kole of the Kole Plastic Surgery Center. To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if a blepharoplasty is right for you contact us at 215-315-7655.