It may not surprise you to learn that today, men as well as women are interested in eyelid surgery. But did you know that eyelid surgery for men is often performed a little differently than it is for women?
It’s true. Since blepharoplasty is now the #2 most popular cosmetic surgery for men, plastic surgeons perform more male eyelid surgery than ever. Instead of using essentially the same approach for both sexes, most experienced plastic surgeons fine-tune the procedure for their male patients in order to deliver results that look natural and masculine.
When women seek eyelid surgery for the upper lids, the goal is most often complete rejuvenation. This means the plastic surgeon will remove all redundant skin to open up the eyes, restoring a bright, youthful appearance and creating a smooth surface for makeup.
Men, on the other hand, tend to have a small, natural crease on their upper eyelids. It’s often best to remove most droopy skin but retain a hint of that crease. In fact, if male upper lids are too smooth, they may appear less masculine.
Male eyelid surgery techniques can differ for lower lids as well. Men who seek blepharoplasty for the lower lids often cite “bags” – or protruding fat pads – as the number one issue and saggy skin as a secondary problem. Women are often troubled by both puffiness and wrinkles.
Plastic surgeons performing lower eyelid surgery for men reduce, reposition or occasionally remove fat deposits to eliminate the bags. If redundant skin is also removed, most surgeons take care to leave a small amount to allow a tiny line under the eyes for a distinguished appearance. As with the upper lids, male lower eyelids can look odd if they are overly tight.
Choosing a Blepharoplasty Expert
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for male eyelid surgery is critical for a variety of reasons. First, it takes experience to create results that look natural for men, and as noted, the approach to surgery should not be exactly the same for men as well as for women. Another reason is that nowadays plastic surgeons need to have several tools and techniques at their disposal to address the multiple issues patients’ eye areas present.
A plastic surgeon who treats nearly as many men as women is in the best position to serve the male patient’s needs whatever they may be: a one-time procedure or a longer term relationship that accommodates a step-by-step approach. For men considering blepharoplasty, it pays to do some extra research to find a great match.
Dr. Elliot Jacobs is an experienced, highly recognized New York plastic surgeon focusing on procedures for men. An innovator in his field. Dr. Jacobs has developed advanced techniques for correcting gynecomastia (enlarged male ‘breasts’) through liposuction, with a focus on comprehensive improvements from the chest to the waist area. He also provides surgical correction for men with overactive sweat glands through a minimally-invasive procedure that significantly reduces sweat production without eliminating it entirely.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Jacobs has served on the US Air Force and is an Honorary Police Surgeon for the New York City police Department. After earning his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed a General Surgery residency there as well, and received specialized training in plastic surgery techniques before ultimately earning the position of Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jacobs is board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Plastic Surgery; he is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of both the American and the International Colleges of Surgeons.
Dr. Jacobs recognizes the challenges that men experience due to problems such as enlarged breast tissue and overactive sweat glands, and he enjoys working with his patients personally to help restore their appearance and help enable them to enjoy a more confident outlook. Dr. Jacobs is committed to the ongoing advancement of plastic surgery techniques, and is a Consultant in Plastic Surgery to the United Nations. A frequent contributor to national and local news sources, Dr. Jacobs is also on the attending staff of several New York area hospitals and is the author of Mantalk: Tips from the Pros for Great Looks, Good Health and Maintaining Your Competitive Edge