Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, offered by many NYC Plastic Surgeon clinics, is performed to reshape or augment the shape of the eyelids of patients. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS has reported that the most popular among plastic surgery procedures requested by American men is blepharoplasty. Double eyelid surgery is performed to correct the appearance of Asian eyelids.
The reasons why eyelid surgery is popular with male patients are that scarring is minimal and can be easily concealed. Blepharoplasty is less painful than other plastic surgical procedures and patients will need to stay in hospital for one night. Healing after eyelid surgery is also quick.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are patients who have no medical condition that may obstruct healing and no serious eye diseases or problems. Patients who smoke are not good candidates for surgery. Patients should have realistic goals about the outcome before undergoing eyelid surgery.
Patients should discuss the procedure, the possible risks and their expectations with the plastic surgeon before surgery. They should get a physical performed by a general physician in the event sedation is required during surgery. They should take any pre-operative medications and follow all other instructions given to them by the surgeon correctly.
Upper eyelid surgery takes about three hours to perform and lower eyelid surgery takes about one hour. The time taken depends on the specific needs of each individual patient. The surgeon makes incisions and removes skin and fat from the upper eyelid during the procedure. A thin stitch to make a crease will be used. The surgeon will make incisions inside the eyelid or below the eyelash during lower eyelid surgery. Fat will be removed or added according to the needs of the patient.
Patients should get plenty of sleep and follow the post- operative diet chart strictly. They should take all prescribed post- surgical medications correctly. Patients should take walks and drink plenty of fluids one day after surgery to avoid constipation. They should avoid smoking and alcohol for at least a month. They should sleep with their head elevated for at least two weeks after surgery.
Patients will experience redness, swelling and tearing while recovering from blepharoplasty surgery. They may have blurred vision for a few days and may experience sensitivity to light. Complete recovery from surgery may take up to two months. Patients may return to work within two weeks after surgery.
Bags under the eyes and fine lines around the eyes are removed during eyelid surgery. Many patients experience better vision after excess skin and fat are removed from eyelids. Patients look younger and have a rejuvenated facial appearance after surgery and the eyes have a youthful and awake appearance after surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS, the average cost of eyelid surgery for male patients is about $2800.
Eyelid surgery is the most sought after plastic surgical procedure by men because it is minimally invasive, with a quick healing period and results in an enhanced appearance.