Male Eyelid Surgery
One of the most common cosmetic concerns for maturing men is the appearance of their eyes. Puffy eyes and drooping upper eyelids can lead to obstructed vision and a permanently tired appearance. With male eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift, eyes can be restored to their once youthful appearance by removing excess skin and fat, while retaining a masculine shape.
Patients with bothersome, sagging eyelids or excess fat deposits around their eyes are ideal candidates for eyelid surgery. It is important to maintain good general health and realistic expectations before considering surgery to ensure your best results.
After discussing your concerns and preferences, sharing your medical history, and undergoing evaluation with Dr. Careaga, he will determine which techniques can achieve your desired outcome. A recommended treatment plan is then created, which may include addressing upper lids, lower lids, or a combination procedure.
Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using anesthesia. Typically, intravenous sedation with local anesthesia is used, although general anesthesia is also an option. After the anesthesia takes effect, incisions are made in inconspicuous locations on the natural fold of your upper eyelid, in the lower eyelid directly below your lower eyelashes, or both techniques. If excess fat is being removed, incisions may be placed inside your lower eyelids. This is known as the transconjunctival approach. In some cases, a laser can be used to tighten eyelid skin.
A less invasive technique for lower eyelids, referred to as a pinch blepharoplasty, can be used to reduce excess skin and mild wrinkles on the lower eyelids without disrupting deeper tissues. This option is meant for less extensive correction.
Tissue is removed through the incisions, and fat and muscle are repositioned as needed for a more balanced, refreshed appearance. Once completed, surgical adhesives or sutures are applied to close incision sites and smooth the skin. Dissolving sutures are most commonly used, and scarring is typically unnoticeable.
Recovery and Downtime
While results will vary, recovery from eyelid surgery usually takes between seven and ten days. Patients may experience blurry or double vision, swelling, and mild bruising initially, which should diminish within three days. Following your post-surgical instructions and getting plenty of rest will help expedite your healing process.
The following tips are recommended to every patient recovering from eyelid surgery. For the first seven to ten days after your surgery, you should:
- Avoid excessive blinking, bending over, lifting heavy objects, and exercising
- Avoid reading, watching television, and computer usage
- Use cold compresses on your eyes to help discomfort and bruising or swelling
- Sleep with your head elevated for the first three days to help minimize swelling
- Stay away from alcohol consumption
- Wear sunglasses when outside to protect your eyes from the sun
You can expect improved eyelid hooding and puffiness, with a well-rested appearance and smoother, tighter eyelid skin. While the corrections made will be permanent, the aging process will continue, and skin may begin to relax again over time. Daily sun protection can help retain your long-lasting results.