Male Upper Eyelids
MALE UPPER EYELID SURGERY
Male upper eyelid surgery is profoundly different from upper eyelid surgery in female patients. While the rationale for surgery, visual impression, emotional and aesthetic goals that the procedure strives to achieve remains fundamentally the same as upper eyelid surgery in the female patients are the same (Please review the upper eyelid surgery section of our website as well), there are areas where the male upper eyelid surgery are profoundly different.
VISUAL IMPRESSION of AN ABSENT UPPER EYELID CREASE
An absent upper eyelid crease in the Male have the visual effect of making the person look reclusive, unfriendly and even distant. When the observer looks at the person, an absent upper eyelid crease have the effect of drawing the person’s attention to the upper eyelid, rather than the eyes itself. This is not ideal as we communicate and express our emotions via the intensity radiating from the eyes. In contrast, male patients with naturally occurring upper eyelid crease have the visual effect of making the person look more approachable, friendly and focuses the attention of the observer to the eyes rather that the upper eyelid. At a subconscious level, this allows for more effective communications.
AESTHETIC REQUIREMENTS of NATURAL MALE UPPER EYELID SURGERY
The male eyes need to look masculine. This is part of the alpha-male look that radiates intensity and masculinity. Accordingly, one need a profound appreciation of the male eyes when performing Aesthetic Upper eyelid blepharoplasty in male patients.
It is crucial that when performing the surgery, the surgeon wary not to ‘feminize’ the male eyes. This would be to make the mistake of setting the upper eyelid crease at a level that is too high, excision of an excess upper eyelid skin and/or removal of too much fat in the upper eyelids.
As can be appreciated by observing a male patient with naturally occurring upper eyelids (I have never had upper eyelid surgery done), in the ASIAN male, the crease is quite low and crisp and the upper eyelid is quite full (in contrast to the deep set Caucasian upper eyelids) (Figure 2).
Understanding the aesthetics of the Male ASIAN eyelids is crucial in the art of creating natural upper eyelid crease. With the appreciation, the surgeon do have the flexibility of designing specific upper eyelid crease that best fit the individual male patients based of the aesthetic balance of his face as well as specific requests and needs.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT from MALE UPPER EYELID SURGERY?
In general 2 group of patients benefit from male upper eyelid surgery:
1. Young patients with absent upper eyelid crease as in the patient in Figure. This would give the aesthetic benefit and change as we have discussed above.
2. Older patients, where aging has caused significant hooding of the upper eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery can brighten up the eyes and make the person look more alert and friendly.
Please visit us for an in-depth discussion of your specific needs. As well please review the section the ASIAN Upper eyelid section of our of our website to understand more.