Eyes can communicate emotions and personality, but they are also very telling of a person’s age. The first signs of aging typically appear around the eyes with bags and dark circles under the eyes or excess skin creating a puffy, heavy appearance. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure to remedy the effects aging can have on the eyes. With the economy’s current state and the competition in the job market, the number of male cosmetic surgeries has significantly increased. Men are opting for anti-aging treatments to retain their youthful appearance to compete with younger professionals. It is no surprise that blepharoplasty is the second most popular procedure for men according to a 2011 study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Isolated fat deposits and excess skin underneath the eyes contributes to a tired, aged appearance. Aged eyes may also cause skin to droop on the upper eyelids, possibly impairing vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems through minimally invasive removal of excess eyelid skin, removal or repositioning of fat deposits, and tightening of facial muscles if necessary. While the procedure is similar for men and women, there are distinctions between male and female eyelids that require different techniques. Dr. Fernando Burstein understands the structural and aesthetic differences between men and women and uses precise techniques to preserve a male patient’s masculineidentity.
Subtle eyelids and a lower brow position are typically considered attractive and youthful in men, while women often desire high brows and prominent lid creases through eye rejuvenation surgery. Male blepharoplasty requires care and attention so a patient’s eyes are not overcorrected, leaving a feminized or stretched appearance. In general, male blepharoplasty is a more conservative procedure because men typically don’t want a drastic upper eyelid crease.
Dr. Burstein uses the transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique, which makes a tiny incision inside the lower eyelid membrane where he can remove excess fat without a visible scar. For upper Blepharoplasty, the incision is positioned lower on a man’s eyelid than a woman’s because a smaller crease is usually desired. Since a brow lift may be performed in addition to blepharoplasty, Dr. Burstein also preserves a masculine appearance by positioning eyebrows lower for men.
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