Blepharoplasty for Men

  • Medical Name: Blepharoplasty for Men
  • Common Name: Eyelid surgery, Eye Job, Eye Lift, Bleph, Blepharoplasty
  • Anesthesia Type: Local / IV Sedation
  • Procedure Duration: 2 hours
  • Recovery Time: 1 week
  • Procedure Location: Office
About Blepharoplasty for Men

Eyes are one of the most distinctive of all facial features, and have unique and varying shape, size, color and angulation. Eyes are also often the first facial feature to noticeably age. In our 20s and 30s, we begin to see crow’s feet (wrinkles around the outer aspect of the eyes), laugh lines and forehead lines. Later, the skin thins, forehead descends and causes the eyebrows to droop. Then additional excess skin encroaches on the eyes, they can become puffy. All of this can result in a stern, angry or tired appearance. 

Many men have genetic under-eye bagginess and/or upper eyelid hooding which can be corrected with a blepharoplasty. Others have such severe excess skin that it inhibits peripheral vision. In some of these cases, insurance will pay for a portion of the procedure. 

The blepharoplasty is a surgery of millimeters, and can drastically change one’s appearance. The surgeon should work with you to clearly understand your goals while paying close attention to proportion, harmony, gender and ethnicity to achieve optimal results. For men, the blepharoplasty can take years off the appearance, but be sure you choose your surgeon wisely. Your procedure needs to be specifically tailored so the result is not an “effeminate” look. Ask your surgeon to show both male and female before and after photos before you schedule your blepharoplasty.

The incisions in an upper blepharoplasty are carefully hidden in the natural eyelid creases. The lower blepharoplasty can be performed via the traditional open technique with the incision below the lash line, or a closed (transconjunctival) technique with the incision within the lower eyelid sill.  

It should be noted that the blepharoplasty does not address skin discoloration. Various skin tightening methods (laser, chemical peel, canthoplasty) may be added to optimize your results.

Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty for Men

The ideal candidate for blepharoplasty is in general good health and has reasonable expectations for the procedure.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty for Men

The upper eyelid blepharoplasty corrects excessive, overhanging skin to restore a more youthful shape to the eyes. It can take years off one’s appearance and has been shown have very high patient satisfaction rates.

Risks and Limitations to Blepharoplasty for Men

As with any surgery, a blepharoplasty carries the risk of complications even when the surgeon uses utmost care, judgment and skill. You should expect soreness, bruising and swelling at the sites. There is a low chance for skin irregularities, difficulty closing the eyes (that will resolve once swelling reduces), bleeding, inflammation, poor healing, adverse reaction to medicine, infection and scarring. 

Alternate Methods to Blepharoplasty for Men

Although fat tranfers and fillers may help restore volume to the lower eyelids, the upper and lower blepharoplasty is the only way to address excess skin.