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Sydney Male Eyelids Surgery

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Male Eyelids Surgery with dr turner

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin from the eyelids for aesthetic or functional concerns. The procedure can also address vision problems related to excess skin in the eyelids.

Differences Between a Blepharoplasty Surgery for Men and Women

It’s essential to recognise that achieving clinical outcomes for both men and women requires an understanding of their unique anatomical differences. These gender differences require a different approach to male blepharoplasty based on the features of a male face and eyelids:

  • Males have a lower eyelid crease, the natural fold of skin in the upper eyelid.
  • Male eyelids are heavier with thicker skin.
  • Male eyebrows are thicker and lower across their foreheads without the typical arching or tapering that is typical of women’s eyebrows.

Thus, when Dr Turner performs a male blepharoplasty, he is extremely careful to limit the amount of fat and skin he removes to avoid the risk of overcorrection.

Suitable Candidates for a Male Blepharoplasty

Good candidates for male eyelid surgery are men with:

  • Good overall health
  • Aesthetic or functional concerns due to excess eyelid skin
  • An ideal body weight or BMI (<29)
  • Realistic goals for the procedure and its recovery process

Male Blepharoplasty Surgery

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. However, if a combined upper and lower eyelid procedure is planned, you may need general anaesthesia.

Dr Turner’s preference in male patients is a ‘no-touch blepharoplasty’ where the incision is hidden on the inner aspect of the lower eyelid to reduce the appearance of scars. The excess fat is then removed or redistributed. However, in older male patients with excessive lower eyelid skin, a skin incision on the lower eyelid may be required.

Eyelid surgery is often combined with aesthetic facial treatments for volume loss or a silicone malar implant to add volume to the treated area.

Recovery after a Male Blepharoplasty

You may experience some discomfort over the first week. Swelling and bruising around the eye area for 2 weeks may occur. To address these discomforts, you will need to take the prescribed medications. It is recommended to sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling.

You should avoid any activities that will strain your eyes for the first few days. After two weeks, you can drive and return to work. You can wear sunglasses to keep your eyes protected and hide the bruising for the first week after the procedure.

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Risks and Complications of Male Blepharoplasty

Male blepharoplasty has risks and complications, such as:

  • Wound infection
  • Bleeding or haematoma
  • Inability to properly close the eyes (if too much skin is removed)
  • Problems with eye movement
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Ectropion (outward rolling of the lower eyelid)
  • Entropion (inward rolling of the lower eyelid)
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Asymmetry
  • Temporary or permanent changes in vision
  • Revision surgery
  • Changes in eyelid skin pigmentation

Certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, Grave’s Disease, dry eye or lack of tears, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, and glaucoma can increase the risks of complications from a male blepharoplasty.

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Dr Scott J turner

Dr Turner FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic Surgery) is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon with clinics in the Eastern Suburbs at Bondi Junction and Northern Beaches at Manly.

Dr Scott J Turner has over a decade of experience in private practice solely focused on performing cosmetic surgery.

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Reasons for Male Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Male eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, also addresses functional and aesthetic changes that occur with ageing, such as laxity of the eyelid skin and protrusion of fat pads beneath the eyes. The procedure involves careful reshaping of the eyelid area, aiming to correct these issues effectively. Additionally, genetic factors can predispose some men to develop features such as descending eyelids at a younger age. For these individuals, male eyelid surgery can be an option to address these hereditary concerns early on.

Male eyelid surgery can have indications beyond addressing aesthetic concerns. One primary medical reason for undergoing this surgery is the correction of ptosis, which is the descending of the eyelid that can impair vision. This condition can restrict the upper field of sight, making activities like driving or reading difficult and potentially dangerous. Another medical indication is the removal of excessive skin and fat that can lead to discomfort around the eye area. In severe cases, the weight of excess eyelid skin can strain the muscles of the eye region, leading to fatigue and other symptoms like headaches. By removing or repositioning this tissue, eyelid surgery can alleviate physical discomfort. Furthermore, some men may experience entropion or ectropion, conditions where the eyelids roll inward or outward. These issues can cause eye irritation and dryness due to improper eyelid function and exposure. Corrective eyelid surgery can help address these conditions by changing eyelid positioning.

Finally, the surgery can also assist in achieving facial symmetry, especially if one eyelid is significantly different from the other due to natural variance or past trauma. Male eyelid surgery can also help address this by adjusting eyelid position.

Our Philosophy on Male Eyelid Surgery

At FacePlus Aesthetics, we approach male eyelid surgery with the goal of achieving results that respect the unique facial characteristics of each patient. Dr Scott Turner understands that men seek subtle changes. Our philosophy is to address aesthetic and functional concerns in a way that preserves the patient’s natural expressions.

We believe in a conservative approach, where less is often more. By removing just the right amount of skin and fat, we aim to achieve results that are in harmony with each patient’s natural facial structure. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that the changes are proportionate and congruent with the patient’s unique facial anatomy. Our goal is to address concerns in the eyelid area in a way that respects the natural contours of the face, maintaining the integrity of distinctive features while addressing the specific concerns of the patient.

Education and transparency are paramount in our practice. During the consultation process, Dr Turner ensures that each patient understands the procedure, the expected outcomes, and the recovery process. This comprehensive understanding helps patients make informed decisions about their care and sets realistic expectations about the results.

How the Procedure is Performed

During male eyelid surgery, precise care is taken to tailor the procedure to the patient’s specific anatomical needs and aesthetic goals. The surgery generally starts with meticulously planned incisions that align with natural skin lines and folds to reduce scar visibility. For upper eyelids, incisions are usually made within the crease, allowing for the removal or repositioning of fat, along with the tightening of muscle and removal of excess skin. For lower eyelids, incisions are typically made just below the lash line or, alternatively, inside the eyelid if adjustments do not involve skin removal.

Dr Scott Turner focuses on removing just the right amount of tissue without altering the fundamental expression of the patient’s face. This approach preserves the patient’s natural masculine features. Techniques may vary, particularly if adjustments to muscle are needed alongside fat and skin removal.

Upon completing the modifications, Dr Turner closes the incisions with fine sutures. Depending on the extent of the work and the techniques used, the surgery can last from one to several hours. Each step is executed with precision while maintaining the integrity of the patient’s natural facial characteristics.

Recovery Period

After undergoing male eyelid surgery at FacePlus Aesthetics, patients receive detailed care instructions from Dr Turner. In the first few days after the surgery, patients often notice swelling and bruising around the eyes, which gradually reduces over the first couple of weeks. Dr Turner may suggest using over-the-counter or prescribed pain relief to manage any discomfort during this time.

To aid in reducing swelling, it is recommended that patients maintain a head elevation, especially when sleeping, for several days following the surgery. Applying cold compresses or ice packs to the eye area can also be helpful in managing swelling and soothing the area. Recovery protocols include avoiding activities that could strain the eyes, such as reading, using electronic devices for prolonged periods, or watching television, especially in the first few days after surgery. Strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and contact sports should also be avoided to prevent further injury to the incision sites.

Dr Turner schedules regular follow-up visits to assess the healing progress, make any necessary adjustments to the postoperative care regimen, and ensure that the recovery is progressing as planned. These follow-ups are crucial for addressing any immediate postoperative concerns and ensuring the surgical results meet the patient’s expectations and recovery milestones.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, male eyelid surgery carries some risks and potential complications. Common side effects include temporary numbness, mild swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes, and sensitivity to light, which typically resolve within a few weeks. More serious risks can include infection, bleeding, and more noticeable scarring.

There is also a risk of more significant complications such as blurred vision or, rarely, loss of vision. Asymmetry in healing or results can also occur, requiring further surgery to correct. Dr Turner takes every precaution to minimise these risks by adhering to high standards of surgical practice and patient care.

Patients are provided with detailed pre-operative and postoperative instructions to minimise the risk of complications. Dr Turner’s careful monitoring during the recovery period ensures that any issues are promptly addressed.