Male Eyelid Lift – Blepharoplasty in Newcastle & Sydney NSW by Dr Scott Turner Plastic Surgeon
A Male Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty is a procedure that many men choose in order to revitalize their faces and achieve a more youthful and alert appearance. If people often ask you if you are tired, or assume you are much older than you actually are, you may want to consider blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty in men needs to be carefully tailored for men with a more conservatively approach than in women to give a natural-looking result making the patient appear more attractive, younger and refreshed without any tell-tale signs of surgery or feminization.
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Men’s eyebrows are generally flat across their foreheads without the typical arching or tapering that is typical of women’s eyebrows, which is something that must be taken into account considering the amount of loose skin on the eyelids. As men get older the upper lid develops a hooding of skin combined with bulging fat that can produce a heaviness of the eyelid. There are cases when this can actually affect your vision. The effects of aging of the lower eyelid is when the support tissues thin out and produce bulging lower lid fat and excess of skin leaving many males looking constantly tired.
About Male Eyelid Lift
An Eyelid lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can enhance the appearance of the eyelids and/or repair any functional deficits caused by the eyelids. It can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid or both. Through an eyebrow lift you can remove:
- Saggy skin present on the upper eyelid
- Puffiness caused by the presence of excess fatty tissue
- Under-eye bags
- Saggy eyelids
- Unwanted skin and fine line present on the lower eyelid
Benefits of a Male Eye Lift surgery
- Rejuvenated and a younger-looking eye
- Reduces eye bags present on the lower eyelids
- Removes any saggy, puffy skin present below your eyes
- Removes visible fine wrinkles
- Improves vision by correcting any defects due to eyelids
- Improves self-confidence
Am I a suitable candidate for a Male Blepharoplasty?
You may be a suitable candidate if:
- you look tired because of your saggy eyelids
- There are fat deposits under your eye
- The eyelid skin has caused defects in your vision
- You have difficulty while applying makeup on eye
- Surplus kin or fine lines around the eyelids causes you to look older
- Your state of health is excellent and you do not smoke
- You have realistic goals from the procedure
The Male Eyelid Lift Procedure
The procedure will differ for each patient. It will be modified to suit your eyelid and your goals. Steps in an eyelid lift include:
- Administering the anaesthesia
Either a local or a general anaesthetic will be given to you before the procedure. Dr. Turner’s advice and the type of surgery that is to be performed will determine the anaesthesia to be used.
- Making the Incision and operating
The incisions will be made within the natural structures of the eyelids, and scarring will most likely be unnoticeable. The place where the incision will be made will vary for each patient and will also depend on the type of blepharoplasty you will undergo.
Generally, the operation will take one to three hours, and you may be discharged the same day. During the procedure, any excess skin is extracted, loose muscle is tightened and/or unwanted fat is removed.
- Closing the incision
The incisions are then closed with sutures which will be taken out 5-8 days after surgery.
- Recovery after Male Eyelid Lift
You may experience blurred vision, which is caused due to the use of a lubricant right at the end of the procedure. You should expect some swelling, discolouration, and/or bruising up to a fortnight. An ice pack is recommended to ease the soreness and pain.
The swelling may cause you trouble with your vision for a day or two, in some cases, you might find it difficult while sleeping and closing your eyes.
You should steer away from any activities that will strain your eyes for the initial few days. It is suggested that you keep your head elevated during this period. You should be able to drive and return to work once the pain is eased and you are free from any narcotic pain medication.
Different types of Eyelid surgery
- Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid lift has become less invasive, conserving more skin and fat, while reducing both the hollowness and complications.
Markings will be made that will follow the natural lining of the eyelid. Making the incisions in such a way, makes it possible to assess the amount of skin to be extracted.
Your eyelid muscles will also be tightened and inessential orbital fats will get removed or replaced into the orbit during the operation. The incisions, though they do not disappear completely but are meticulously sutured to give minimal scars that fade quickly.
Droopy eyelids can be fixed by shortening the levator muscles of the eye which helps raise your upper eyebrow.
- Lower Eyelid Surgery
Your lower eyelids can be rejuvenated with various techniques ranging from non-surgical methods like dermal fillers and laser resurfacing to fat grafting and no-touch blepharoplasty to many traditional surgical techniques like lower eyelid and midface lift surgeries.
No-touch blepharoplasty is preferred in a younger patient with good skin quality with only a fat bulge in the lower eyelid. Here, the incision will be made on the inner aspect of the lower eyelid that will prevent the formation of any visible scar. Through these inconspicuous incisions, the bulging fats are carefully extracted.
Traditional techniques will be required in older patients who have excessive lower eyelid skin or malar bags. The incision will be made just below the eyelash line, through which excess skin is extracted, the muscle is extracted and unwanted fat is either removed or realigned.
- Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery is an increasingly popular procedure among people from Asian communities. This procedure helps create a more natural-looking upper eyelid thus giving the eyes a bigger and brighter look.
You can choose from a simple suture method or a full eyelid incision method. Dr. Turner will help you choose the best technique for you by describing the advantages and risks of each procedure.
Your Male Eye Lift Journey
Consultation forms the first part of your eye lift journey. Here, you’ll be able to discuss your goal from the surgery. You will be asked to submit a detailed medical history and your current health status will be evaluated. You are expected to avoid smoking, as well as medications, as it may increase the chances of bleeding, before the procedure.
You will be thoroughly described the various types of male eye lift procedure available, the steps included and common procedures that you can perform along with it.
You’ll also be made aware about the potential complications and risks. The tentative cost and the payment information will also be disclosed to you during this phase.
Male eyelift surgery can be done using either local or general anesthesia and may take one to three hours. Depending on the recommendation of Dr. Turner and your expectations, either upper or lower or double eyelid surgery is performed.
Upper and double eyelid lift are done with surgical technique, whereas lower eyelid lift can be done through both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
You may experience vision blurriness after the completion of the procedure, which is caused by the use of a lubricant right at the end.
Expect some swelling, discolouration, and/or bruising that can last up to a fortnight. You can use an ice pack at these sites to ease swelling and pain.
You may experience some trouble with your vision for a few days after the surgery and you might find it difficult while sleeping and closing your eyes. Any activities that will strain your eyes should be steered clear from during this period and you should keep your head in an elevated position.
Healing and recovery times will differ from person to person. The type of procedure, your health condition, your lifestyle and your natural healing ability will highly influence the length of the healing period. Most people will recover 4-6 weeks following the surgery while maturation of the scar will take up to a year or longer. You should follow your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions and follow a healthy lifestyle during the recovery period.
Procedures Commonly Combined with Male Eyelid Lift
- Brow lift
The position of the brow greatly determines how your eyelid will look.
The covering of the upper eyelids will further worsen as we age due to the eyebrows descending into the eyelid area. So a brow lift along with an eyelid lift can be done to correct brow ptosis.
- Midface lift
Only a lower eyelid lift will not be able to provide you with the desired result in men who have significant malar bags. To correct this, complex lower eyelid surgery and a midface lift concentric malar lift is performed together to elevate the cheek tissue to effectively correct and remove the malar bags, restoring your appearance.
- Facial implants
Signs of early ageing on the lower eyelid and malar regions are common in men who have a weak cheekbone. To achieve ideal result such men will require augmentation of the maxilla with a cheek implant to improve support to the overlying cheek tissue.
- Fat grafting
Fat grafting to the face restores lost volume and is not limited only to facelift surgery. A small volume of nano-fat can be grafted to the brow, upper eyelid, tear trough region and malar area. This may further enhance the result of your procedure.
Risks and Complications of Male Eyelid lift
Apart from the general risk, some specific potential risks of blepharoplasty include:
- Changes in pigmentation
- Dryness of the eyes
- Ectropion, a condition characterized by the outward rolling of the lower eyelid
- Entropion, a condition characterized by the inward rolling of the lower eyelid
- Difficulty while closing the eyes
- Loss of Eyelashes
- Temporary or permanent change in vision, in rare cases, may cause blindness
- Revision surgery
Certain medical conditions can make an eyelid lift procedure riskier like hypothyroidism, Grave’s Disease, dry eye or lack of tears, high blood pressure level or circulatory disorders, and glaucoma.
Male Eyelid Lift FAQs
When do you need a male eyelid lift?
You will need a male eyelid lift if:
- Your eyes always look tired or puffy, even when you’ve got plenty of sleep
- You have under eyes bags
- Your lower eyelids droop downwards consistently showing the whites of your iris
- the skin on your upper eyelids droops
- You have vision problems because of your sagging upper eyelids
- Your upper eyelids feel heavy, making it difficult to keep your eyes open
What causes saggy eyelids in men?
Saggy eyelid in men is often caused due to:
- Effects of the normal aging process
- Hereditary reason
- Weakened eyelid muscles
- Damage to the nerves controlling the eyelid muscle
- Due to an injury
- Diseases or illnesses like diabetes, stroke, stye, tumour in the eye, Horner syndrome, Myasthenia gravis etc.
Does eyelid surgery leave scars?
The incision will be made as close to the natural crease of the eyelid as possible. Scar from the upper eyelid lift will generally be unnoticeable six weeks after surgery. In the case of lower eyelid lift, the incision is made either inside the eyelid or just beneath the eyelashes, which will likely heal or be unnoticeable after a few weeks.
Are you put to sleep for eyelid surgery?
Either local or general anesthesia will be used for eyelid surgery. If your surgeon recommends general anesthesia for you you’ll be put to sleep during the procedure. However, if local anesthesia is recommended for your procedure you’ll be awake during the procedure.
- How long does eyelid lifts last?
Various factors will determine how long the results of an eyelid lift will last. It could last six to ten years but it will vary from patient to patient. As the natural ageing process continues, the results of the procedure will start to show some changes.
- Does insurance cover hooded eyelid surgery?
Most insurance companies do not cover hooded eyelid surgery done for purely cosmetic reasons without any medical indications, however, if the surgery is conducted for a medical reason your insurance company will cover some parts of the surgery depending on your insurance.
- How much does it cost to fix droopy eyelids?
The price for fixing your droopy eyelids will depend on the following factors:
- The surgeon
- The hospital
- Time taken for surgery
The price will also vary if you’re eligible for Medicare benefits and you are insured or uninsured.
A tentative estimate and price range to fix your droopy eyelid procedure will be made available at the time of the consultation. The cost for the surgery will comprise of:
- Hospital Costs which will include theatre time and your length of hospital stay
- Surgeon Fee
- Anaesthetists Fee
- If applicable assistants Fee
- Does Medicare cover droopy eyelid surgery?
Medicare will not cover any eyelid surgery performed purely for a cosmetic reason but you may be eligible for a rebate if the eyelid impacts your field of vision, causes trouble with eye functioning and affects the health of your eye.
- Is eyelid surgery painful?
No, eyelid surgery usually is painless. Apart from the minimal discomfort during the surgery, you’ll generally feel little pain after it and recover quickly.
Medical References – Further Reading
- Eyelid Surgery | American Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery.org)
- Blepharoplasty Sydney & Newcastle | Eyelid & Eye Lift Surgery | Dr Turner
- Costs & Prices for Surgery | Dr Turner Plastic Surgeon NSW
- Eyelid Reduction Surgery | Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery.org.au)
- Three things you should know before getting an eyelid lift | ASPS (plasticsurgery.org)
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Dr Scott Turner MBBS(Hon), BSc, MS, FRACS(Plast)
Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.
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- Please obtain a medical referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
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Making The Most Of Your Consultation with Dr Turner
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Turner
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simpler clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
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