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Eye Lift Surgery for Men

Is eye lift surgery very common for men or is it only requested by women?

Why do men have plastic surgery? Maybe that’s not a good question because it’s not specific enough. Men have always had plastic surgery to repair damage to the face. In fact, some of the most devastating injuries of the first World War were to the faces of young soldiers. These injuries required doctors in field hospitals to literally create new techniques to try and help them. 

Much has changed in the field of plastic or cosmetic surgery since WWI. While many types of life-changing reconstructive surgeries are still being done, most people, including men, are undergoing plastic surgery for aesthetic reasons that have nothing to do with any sort of accident or disfiguring event. 

So, why do men have plastic surgery? The simple answer is that, just like women, men want to slow, if not actually undo, the effects that time has on all of us. Whether because of social media or being a part of the “age of the selfie” or the fact that men are becoming more comfortable with their own desires and less concerned with outdated macho programming, men want to be happy with their appearance. And, for some men, this means seeking out a cosmetic surgeon.  

Actually, “some” gives the impression that plastic surgery for men is slowly trending up. That is not the case. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the rate of men requesting cosmetic surgery has jumped by around 30 percent, just in the last decade. This has also had an effect on society’s perception, making it far more acceptable for men to make these types of changes. 

One of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures currently being requested by men is eyelift surgery. In fact, of all eyelift surgeries performed, today, 15 percent of them are being done for men. Not only are the results giving them a more youthful appearance, but in a study done by Georgetown University Medical Center and published in a 2019 issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, eyelift surgery caused men to be rated higher in the areas of increased likeability and trustworthiness

What Is Eyelift Surgery?

The goal of eyelift surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is to correct one of the most prominent signs of aging: excess skin accumulating on the upper eyelid and sagging skin creating bags and wrinkles on the lower lid. As we age, skin all over the body starts losing its elasticity, but it is especially noticeable in the face and even more so in the eyelids. This is due to the skin on the eyelids being thinner, making it easier for it to fold and bunch up. 

Eyelid surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, with IV sedation and a local anesthetic. Incisions are made in the creases of the upper eyelid and right below the eyelashes on the lower lid so as to make them as unnoticeable as possible. Any excess skin is removed and tiny sutures are used to close. 

There may be swelling and bruising right after the surgery, but stitches are removed in four or five days and most people are usually able to return to work in about a week. 

Dr. Brian D. Cohen is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive training in cosmetic/reconstructive plastic surgery and has had years of experience performing a wide array of cosmetic surgery procedures, specializing in procedures of the face, eyes, nose, breast, and body and is known for his exemplary and compassionate care by his patients. Knowing that Dr. Cohen has been selected by his peers in Super Doctors for 8  years in a row in 2020 gives you the confidence that he is highly respected for his performance in his specialty. Information on locations and office hours for Cohen Plastic Surgery can be found by clicking here.