Frank Agullo, MDBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon

Male: Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery (for men)

Because men have thicker and more masculine facial features, the El Paso eyelid surgery for men requires a different set of techniques than for women. The shape and contour of their eyes is heavier and therefore El Paso cosmetic eyelid surgery must take these features into account, giving men the attention to address those needs. Men’s eyebrows are generally flat across their foreheads without the typical arching or tapering as that of women’s eyebrows, which is something that must be taken into account considering the amount of loose skin on the eyelids.

There are many reasons why eyelid surgery might be a good fit for aging men. The skin loses elasticity as the aging process occurs, thereby bringing the eyes down to appear more “tired” or droopy and saggy. This is really nothing more than loose skin, however this can make a man’s face look older than he actually is.

An eyelift can accompany a browlift and encompass both the top and bottom of the eyes to bring the face back to a more natural state of rejuvenation. Dr. Frank Agullo has worked on eyelid surgery for men of all different ages and ethnic backgrounds, since men of different cultures can sometimes have different needs. Dr. Agullo’s knowledge of the latest cosmetic procedures will ensure that your eyelid surgery will be “pleasing to your eyes”, with no pun intended.

Also known as blepharoplasty, the male eyelid surgery can help to address the following problems:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Dark under eye circles
  • Lower & Upper loose skin of the eyelids
  • Excessive wrinkles around eyes
  • Lower or droopy eyebrows
  • Creases between brows

Some of the men he has helped have experienced dramatic and life transforming results.

El Paso male blepharoplasty techniques

The first step to getting eyelid surgery is to meet with Dr. Frank Agullo for a consultation. If you want to turn back the hands of time and reverse the signs of aging, blepharoplasty is a great solution and is a very quick procedure as compared to other types of cosmetic surgeries. Dr. Agullo will use his skilled hands to tighten the loose skin under and above the eyes, as well as trimming any excess fat that can create the “baggy” look over or under the eyelids. Incisions are barely visible since they are done in hidden areas around the eyes to ensure invisible scars.

In fact, nowadays there are non-invasive and even non-surgery options for blepharoplasty in El Paso. Here are a few techniques that can be used to achieve sensational new eyes:

  • Transcutaneous Upper/Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty:An incision goes through the crease of the excess eyelid skin, usually positioned within the crease. The surgeon uses care only to remove the skin while not damaging any of the underlying muscle of the eyelid. In some cases, the muscle can be moved to the outer barrier or selectively separated. Transcutaneous literally means “through” the skin, because that’s where the incision will be made. There are several types of upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty techniques.
    • Transcutaneous Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Transconjunctival Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Transcutaneous Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
    • Transcutaneous Lower Eyelid Fat Lipolysis
  • CO2 Laser: This is an unobtrusive method of cleaning up the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes to soften them naturally. If they were entirely removed, it would seem unnatural to “disappear” altogether so this method uses a softer approach to improve the deep lines and make them less prominent.

An eyelift normally takes an hour or two to complete, depending on whether the surgeon is doing both the upper and lower eyelids consecutively. Most often, the doctor will work on the upper eyelids first and make the incisions within the crease lines of your lids. The skin will be separated from the underlying tissue and the excess fat, muscle and skin removed. He will then make very small sutures to close the incisions, where they will remain for three to six days. In some cases, the lower lids may not need sutures.

Many eyelid procedures are done with a local anesthesia. You can discuss the best option with the plastic surgeon to choose the right type of sedative for your circumstances and comfort level.

Finally, the doctor can resurface the deep wrinkles, lines or crow’s feet with the laser after the upper and lower lids have already been corrected through the cosmetic surgery procedure. Dr. Agullo will often combine fat injections with or without PRP (protein rich plasma) to improve the final result. Blepharoplasty should be done at an accredited facility, such as that of Dr. Frank Agullo’s El Paso Cosmetic Surgery plastic surgery facility in El Paso.

Preparing for and undergoing El Paso Blepharoplasty

Dr. Frank Agullo is one of the Southwestern Texas region’s blepharoplasty cosmetic surgeons. He will discuss the best techniques to use for your individual eyelift and will show you before and after pictures. Depending on your own eyes, he will also discuss what you should do to get ready for your surgery so that you can prepare accordingly.

Make sure you:

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least two weeks before the surgery.
  • Quit smoking at least two weeks prior.
  • Don’t take aspirin or prescription medications which contain blood thinners either before or after your surgery. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Green tea, St. John’s Wort, and other herbal supplements.
  • Allow yourself recovery time for a few days to a week.
  • Ask someone to drive you to and from the surgery.
  • Don’t use any lotions on your face.
  • Stock up on supplies like ice packs, small gauze pads and medical necessities.

Many patients opt for IV conscious sedation for eyelid surgery, but talk to your surgeon to decide if this is right for you. Local anesthesia is also an option for eyelid surgery. Dr. Frank Agullo will go over these options with you.

Recovering from El Paso Eyelift Surgery

As you might expect, you should limit your work and activities for a few days after eyelift surgery to give your eyes a chance to heal normally. Some men experience dry eyes following an eyelift, which is completely normal but if the dry eyes prolong for greater than two weeks, it’s best to seek Dr. Agullo’s advice on how it should be handled. In the meantime, you should stick to your prescribed or recommended eye drops as per Dr. Agullo’s advice.

Make sure to keep your eyelids and eyes iced with soft ice packs or cubes in a washcloth. Some people use freezer bags with frozen peas as another alternative. Swelling should start to diminish within a few days to a week, and should heal entirely after a few weeks. The most important aspect of your healing will be rest, so try to keep your eyes closed and get plenty of rest, at least for the first few days.

Finally, try to avoid sun exposure for a few months after blepharoplasty. It can make your skin red or splotchy and will simply hurt your eyes, which may be very sensitive for a while. Always wear UV protective sunglasses. You may also wish to buy the larger frames to help cover up all of the areas around your eyelids.

What are the possible complications?

Although rare, complications can occur. Rest assured that most all patients are very pleased with blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Frank Agullo is a renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon and accredited member of The American Society of Plastic Surgery. Some risks or problems with eyelid surgery could be:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dry eyes
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

If anything seems unnatural, talk to your doctor right away. One simple question can save a big headache later and Dr. Frank Agullo is very compassionate, approachable and easy to work with. His goal is to ensure your total satisfaction and to help you achieve amazing results.

It is important to note that getting an eyelift will not permanently stop your eyes from aging; however the procedure is long lasting. Upper eyelids look great from five to seven years (or for the rest of your life), whereas lower eyelids rarely needs correction ever again. In some cases if the lids begin sagging again, the next step would entail a forehead or brow lift, rather than another eyelift.

Always discuss your expectations in advance with your surgeon to avoid any regrets or disappointments. Getting an eyelift doesn’t alter the physical structure of your face, merely your appearance around your eyes.

How much does men’s El Paso eyelift surgery cost?

Costs of blepharoplasty cosmetic procedures for men will include the operating facility, surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist, medical supplies, prescriptions (if needed) and any other associated expenses. This varies depending on every person, but is usually in the neighborhood of $2,500 – $3,800  in the Southwest Texas region.

Most insurance companies typically don’t cover eyelifts unless they are medically necessary to correct defects caused by an injury or disease. Even still, these cases can be complicated to assess. It’s best to get an estimate during your consultation.

Getting an eyelift can do wonders to restore your self-esteem and to improve your masculine facial appearance. Many men who have undergone blepharoplasty reported feeling and looking at least a decade younger than their true age and most have been exceptionally pleased with the results.

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