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Upper Eyelid Lift for Men

Heavy or droopy upper eyelids can make you look tired – even after a great night’s sleep! This is a common problem as we age, and is particularly prevalent among men. The thin, “crepey” upper eyelid skin obscures the upper eyelid crease, making the eyes look heavy or sad, and in severe cases, limiting the peripheral vision. Fullness in the upper eyelids is not always related to age, however, and actually can be hereditary or familial.

This issue may be related to a variety of anatomic factors, including loose skin, excess adipose tissue (fat), excess muscle (orbicularis oculi) or even a heavy forehead or brow. When there is too much skin, fat, or muscle, Dr. Ransom can remove this tissue with a simple surgical procedure called an upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift). This can be performed with local anesthesia only or with mild sedation, depending on patient preference, and may be combined with other aesthetic surgery or non-surgical procedures such as lower eyelid lift for men (blepharoplasty).

In some patients, the appearance of drooping upper eyelids is related to a heavy or sagging forehead and brow region (brow ptosis). This problem is often referred to as “lateral hooding” because the skin of the sides of the forehead weighs down the upper eyelids more significantly on the lateral part (toward the ears), and creates a curtain or a fold over this area. For these patients, a browlift is indicated, either alone or with an upper eyelid lift. Treating the brow and forehead region, along with the upper eyelids, ensures a natural-appearing and long-lasting result. Dr. Ransom will examine your upper face and eyelid regions to make sure that you receive the best treatment possible. In addition, Dr. Ransom avoids the common mistakes of removing too much eyelid tissue or over-lifting the eyebrows, which can make your eyes look hollow or feminine, and in some cases, give a “surprised” appearance.

After an upper eyelid lift, the upper eyelids will appear puffy or swollen. Cold compresses are placed overnight and help to limit this. Some bruising will occur, but pain is limited. Patients are generally able to return to work in a couple days. For more information about upper eyelid lift for men, please contact Dr. Ransom or schedule your consultation today!

Who is a candidate?
Anyone with heavy upper eyelids, loose skin, or tired-appearing eyes may be a candidate for an upper eyelid lift. During your consultation, Dr. Ransom will closely examine your upper eyelid area, including skin laxity, position at rest, movement, and eye closure. In some cases, the unaesthetic appearance of the upper eyelids is related to issues with the eyelid elevating muscles (levator palpebrae superioris); when this happens, the diagnosis is blepharoptosis, and the treatment may include a ptosis repair with or without an upper eyelid lift. In other cases, the sagging or baggy appearance of the upper eyelids is related to a heavy or falling forehead and eyebrow region; when this happens, a browlift may be indicated, with or without an upper eyelid lift. Dr. Ransom is happy to discuss these issues in detail with you during your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect after my upper eyelid lift?
A: Immediately following the surgery, the upper eyelids will have some bruising and swelling. In most cases, this is relatively mild. Swelling generally reaches a maximum by the second day after the surgery, and then begins to recede rapidly. This process typically takes a few more days. Patients are encourage to keep the head elevated and use around the clock cold compresses during this time. Most patients are more than comfortable with one week away from work. After the sutures are removed on the fourth day, incisions are well-camouflaged by the eyelid crease. Eye makeup can be worn after the first week, and the incisions are nearly imperceptible within a couple weeks of the procedure.

Q: Will an upper eyelid lift change the shape of my eyes?
A: Having an upper eyelid lift will not change the shape of the eyes. In the first few days after surgery, when the area is still swollen, the eyes will look puffy and it may be difficult to see their exact shape. However, after healing, the desired effect of the upper eyelid lift is seen – a more open appearance of the eyes, without the heavy and sagging extra skin and fat that made you look tired. You will appreciate the increased brightness of the eyes, and those patients who weren’t able to wear upper eyelid makeup or mascara before the procedure will be delighted to do so afterward! Dr. Ransom would be happy to review the procedure and patient photos with you during your consultation.

Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.

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Based on 19 reviews

Christina G.
I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!
Tk I.
I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!
Joey B.
I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.
Edward T.
Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.
Lisa C.
Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.
Cheryl H.
Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.
Jill P.
I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.
Arielle C.
Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.