What Is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery designed to restore and improve the area around the eyes. It’s categorized into several specialized procedures, depending on the areas that are being treated. You may get blepharoplasty to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids. You may also get this procedure to correct droopy eyelids and remove excess eye bags. Male patients typically get blepharoplasty to remove excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Double-eyelid surgery is another type of blepharoplasty popular amongst men. Blepharoplasty is a great solution for men because it improves facial aesthetics while maintaining masculine features.

When do Males Get Blepharoplasties?

Males patients commonly get blepharoplasty to combat signs of aging. Loose, excess skin around the eyes are two of the most obvious signs of aging. With blepharoplasty, you can remove excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. You can also remove eye bags for a rejuvenated look. Another popular blepharoplasty procedure for men is double eyelid surgery. Double eyelid surgery is designed to add a crease to the eyelid to create double eyelids. Some less common reasons men get blepharoplasty are eyelid alignment and droopy eyelid correction.

Who performs Blepharoplasty Surgery in the Epilium & Skin London clinic?

Blepharoplasty surgery in our clinic is performed by our medical director Dr. Bernard Hayot, and Dr. Guillaume Lemierre. Dr. Bernard Hayot is a specialist in the field of Oculoplasty (eye surgery) with extensive experience. Dr Lemierre is a plastic surgeon with 15 years experience.

What Are the Side Effects of Blepharoplasty?

Male blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that uses direct incisions on the areas around the eyes. Side effects can vary depending on the type of blepharoplasty procedure done. The most common side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain or discomfort when blinking
  • Numbness around the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Temporary droopy eyelids
  • Dry eyes or excess tearing

Although rare, severe side effects may also occur. These can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Sudden pain in or around your eyes
  • Loss of vision
  • Fast heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

If you experience any severe side effects, seek medical attention immediately.

How Long Does It Take To Recover from a Blepharoplasty?

The path to full recovery will depend on the type of surgery and the size of the cuts. Superficial side effects such as swelling, bruising, and numbness should start diminishing within a week. Complete healing for these side effects should occur within 10 to 14 days. In contrast, cuts and scars from a blepharoplasty take between two and six months to heal fully.

What Are The Risks of Eyelid Surgery?

Like any surgery, there are potential risks associated with Male Blepharoplasty. The most common risks presented by blepharoplasty include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration

Although rare, more serious risks may occur, including:

  • Loss of eyesight
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Follow-up surgery
  • Blood clotsAdverse side effects to anesthesia
  • Adverse side effects to anesthesia

Blepharoplasty is an invasive procedure, so it’s important to discuss potential risks with your doctor before going through the procedure.

Blepharoplasty Aftercare

After your Blepharoplasty, it’s vital that you care for your wounds properly. Proper care will help you heal faster and prevent infections. Here are some important Blepharoplasty aftercare tips:

  • Use cold compress in the days following your procedure to reduce swelling and bruising
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Avoid washing or rubbing eyelids
  • Avoid vigorous exercise
  • Avoid eye makeup and contact lenses
  • Properly care for your wounds with the ointment prescribed by your doctor