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Eye lifts more than cosmetic procedure for some men

Posted December 12, 2013

— Although many men never consider visiting plastic surgeons for cosmetic reasons, more are turning to eye lifts to help alleviate vision problems caused by sagging skin that worsens with age. 

Jimmy Cross is one of them. The 66-year-old wears glasses, but his vision is still limited because of what's happening around his eyes. 

"Everything just seemed a little more dim, and I just can't see as well," Cross said. 

Amy Fowler, an ophthalmic surgeon at UNC Hospitals, says aging can cause skin on the forehead, brow and around the eyes to loosen, a process that will eventually obstruct vision. In Cross' case, the loose skin was becoming a problem. 

"If he doesn't use his forehead muscles, that skin really falls, pushing down his lashes," Fowler said. 

Like many men, 70-year-old Bob Slavnoia dealt with the issue for years. 

"I also had some issues with headaches, from straining," he said.

Eye lift Eye lifts can help men with vision problems

Slavonia recently underwent the eye lift procedure – also called a blepharoplasty. Fowler removed extra skin from his eye lids, helping to alleviate the need for straining. 

Despite not being concerned initially with the cosmetic improvements, Slavonia says he liked what he sees.  

"You know, I do look a little bit brighter," he said. 

Cross will soon undergo the same procedure. Doctors only use local numbing medicine around the eyes to perform the procedure, and they can lift the forehead or brow or lift skin beside the eye, depending on a patient's needs. 

Insurance typically covers eye lift procedures if it is performed to improve vision.


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  • Lady Justice Dec 17, 2013

    "Nothing but women sitting in evaluation waiting room for all types of procedures to "restore" youthful looking skin."

    And I am sure these women discussed with you their reasons for being there. Right.

  • bloghooligan Dec 16, 2013

    article is written so as give men encouragement to seek this plastic surgery. Most men are real men(not metrosexuals) who would never set foot in plastic surgeons office mush less any doctor's office. I needed this procedure so as to get a clear field for eyesight. It truly opened my eyes, I was not as tired looking or tired feeling. Oh, I was the only male patient for weeks at the clinic. Nothing but women sitting in evaluation waiting room for all types of procedures to "restore" youthful looking skin.

  • Lady Justice Dec 16, 2013

    What is this story, a sales pitch or something? Like only men can benefit from this surgery?

  • IPayYouPay Dec 13, 2013

    Men are NOT the ONLY ones who need this. How sexist.

  • UNCScott Dec 13, 2013

    It's definitely not limited to just men. My mother had this procedure done a few years ago and she says it really improved her vision.

  • outhousecat Dec 13, 2013

    Why limit this to men? Women have the same problem.