Gain a Natural, Younger Look with an Eyelid Lift

The skin around the eyes is one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. It is not unusual to see hooded upper lids or bags around lower lids appearing when you are still in your 30s. Heredity plays a big part but that does not mean you have to live with the problem.

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can turn back the clock and give mature men a refreshed look. However, unlike the procedure in women, an eyelid lift must be performed differently on men in order to take into consideration the more "rugged" appearance of male facial skin and male features.

Dr. Morrow advocates a more conservative approach to this rejuvenation procedure because:

Overly taut skin of the eyelid can have a feminizing effect. It is advisable to undercorrect with resurfacing procedures.
Men generally do not have the option of camouflaging these areas with make-up. Creases and crow's feet around a man's eyes are more the aesthetic norm in comparison to women.
An overly smooth skin texture tends to give an operated-on or plastic look to the lower lid, which is often inharmonious with the remainder of the mature male face.

A cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Morrow can help you decide if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Before making the final decision, you will have to see your eye doctor to be sure that you can undergo the procedure.

Upper eyelid surgery involves removal of excess fat, muscle and loose skin through an incision placed in a natural skin fold. It is frequently performed in conjunction with lower eyelid surgery, where a similar type of procedure is performed through an incision inside the lower eyelid. Typically this outpatient surgery takes about two hours using twilight anesthesia. It may be performed along with a brow lift, facelift or laser skin resurfacing to achieve the best results.

Swelling and bruising will last about one week, and discomfort is easily controlled with a mild analgesic.