When we speak of cosmetic surgery, most of us would automatically associate it as a medical procedure that is exclusively for women.
According to the 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a significant number of the over 1.5 million procedures done in 2012, 13% of which were performed among men. Men have embraced cosmetic surgery to keep up with the youth-obsessed culture, what not with the proliferation of men’s fitness magazines where celebrities grace the covers with youthful faces and fit bodies, and either to compete or get ahead in the workplace.
Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, plastic surgeon and chief of craniofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, says, “There used to be somewhat of a taboo on male cosmetic surgery, and now it’s certainly more accepted.” He further states that about 30 percent of the people who see him for regenerative procedures, like eye lifts and face lifts, are men and 40 percent wanting for structural alterations. In fact, based on the ASPS report, the top two surgical cosmetic procedures among men are rhinoplasty and double eyelid surgery.
The Male Eyelid
Double eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can be performed for two reasons among men. It can be performed for those who want to correct or circumvent the signs of aging, which includes sagging upper eyelids, wrinkles around the eyes or excess skin in the lower eyelids.
However, the procedure is more commonly performed among Asian men who naturally have monolids, where the crease on the upper eyelid is normally absent. Monolids give off a look that seems inattentive, distant, sad or disinterested. Getting a double eyelid surgery done creates an illusion of a more approachable, friendlier and more attractive appearance, which is a look that most Asian men look for.
However, when having this procedure done, you must approach a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in male double eyelid surgery. You see, the male eyelid differs from that of women. For one, the shape and contour is different from those of women. Add to that is the fact that men’s skin are naturally thicker and the muscles heavier. So, it takes skillful technique and artistic judgment to come up with natural-looking results.
New Set of Masculine Eyes
Double Eyelid Surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the upper eyelid is reshaped to create a fold for people who normally do not have it. Your surgeon will remove tiny amounts of fat pads from the underskin tissue of your upper eyelid where the creases will go.
There are three surgical techniques that are used in performing this procedure – the incisional technique, the suture technique and the partial incision technique. The technique to be employed during the operation will depend from patient to patient, which will be determined during your consultation with the surgeon.
One apprehension that most men have when considering having the procedure done is that it might feminize their features. This is where we cannot overemphasize enough the importance of approaching a credible and experienced cosmetic surgeon.
For male double eyelid surgery, the eyelid skin incision should be lower as compared with the procedure typically done in women. Also, the surgeon should also be careful not to remove too much fat in the upper eyelids. When the incision is made too high up and too much fat is removed, this will tend to result to a more feminine look after the surgery has been performed.
The Pre-Surgery Preparations
After your consultation with your surgery, you will be asked to refrain from taking blood-thinning medications a week or two prior to your surgery date. These medications include Aspirin, Mefenamic and Ibuprofen, as well as Vitamin E, Fish Oil and dietary or herbal supplements you might be taking. These medications and supplements may cause excessive bleeding during the surgery and can affect the healing process. Also, if you are taking body-building supplements, you should disclose this during your consultation.
If you are a smoker, you have to stop smoking 2 weeks, or better a month, prior to surgery. This also goes with drinking alcohol. So, you may need to refrain from these habits during your boy’s night out if you want to have a successful double eyelid surgery.
The surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia. However, there might be cases where general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia may be administered. This will depend from patient to patient and will be determined during your consultation with your surgeon.
One great thing about double eyelid surgery is that it really does not take long hours to perform it. A typical procedure would usually last between one to three hours to complete. Plus, it is an out-patient procedure, which means you can immediately go home after the surgery has been completed and the anesthesia has worn off.
The Post-Surgery Care
While this is an out-patient procedure, remember that double eyelid surgery is still an invasive procedure and requires ample care after the surgery for a successful healing process. You may notice some swelling and bruising around your eye, which will go down after about a week. Your doctor may prescribe medications for these, which you need to follow diligently.
Your eyes will be sensitive to the light during the first week. So, should you go out, always wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from sun exposure. However, for an even faster recovery, it is best to avoid sun exposure altogether during the healing period period.
Also, you will be advised to refrain from doing strenuous activities. This means no sports activities or gym sessions for the first two weeks. Other activities that could strain the eyes should also be avoided, like watching television or reading.
Final results may be noticeable after 10 months to a year. During this time, the scarring that may have developed after the surgery will have already lightened and less noticeable. So, it does take a little bit of patience for you to appreciate your new male eyelids.
Getting Professional Consultation
When considering getting male double eyelid surgery done, always make sure that you seek out a credible and well-trained doctor to perform the procedure. One way of getting to know whether a surgeon is skillful enough is to ask for before and after photos of patients he has done. This will allow you to assess the quality of work he can perform on you.
Also, we encourage you to ask all the double eyelid surgery FAQs that you may have. Doing good research on the Internet and with people who have had the procedure is good, but there is nothing better than getting information from a professional about the procedure. If you are in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, you can visit Advanced Cosmetic Beauty Surgery and Dr. Ahnsup Andrew Kim and his team of experts will shed light to the many questions about getting a new male eyelid that you may have in your mind.
Get a free consultation with Dr. Kim and have a bigger, bolder and masculine eyelids!