Dr. Michael McCracken Says Men Can Have Eyelid Surgery and Retain A Masculine Look

A Denver ophthalmic plastic surgeon explains common mistakes in male eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty) and describes how to avoid a feminine looking result.

Online PR News – 12-January-2012 – – Denver, CO - Eyelid rejuvenation was the second most popular male cosmetic surgery procedure in 2010, according to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or the use of facial fillers to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes can take years off a person's appearance," says ophthalmic plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken. "We've seen the rejuvenating effects on women, but what about the results with men? Why do men sometimes end up with a feminine look?"

"How does any male patient get a result that looks good, but retains his masculine qualities? I think that the most common mistake made in men (and also women, by the way) is removal of too much upper lid skin and fat,” says Dr. McCracken, medical director of the McCracken Eye and Face Institute. “A well- trained eye can spot this in a woman, but even a novice can pick up on the "weirdness" of over-done male eyelids. I think the over-resection has a very feminizing appearance. For example, a woman who has too much eyelid skin & fat removed looks a little weird, but a man's eye can look like those of a woman”

Dr. McCracken says another common mistake is excessive lifting of the male brow or arching of the male brow during a brow lift. “The male brow is different than the female brow in that: 1) It is lower and 2) It is more straight rather than arched," he says.

“Another anatomic difference is that males tend to have lower eyelid creases than women. Elevating the crease during eyelid rejuvenation can also give a feminized appearance,” says Dr. McCracken.

For additional information visit www.mccrackenmd.com or call 720.851.6600.

About Dr. Michael McCracken:
Michael McCracken, M.D. moved to Denver in 2003 after completing a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois Chicago and a two-year fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of California San Diego. As a board certified ophthalmologist with additional specialized training in oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Michael McCracken is distinctly qualified to treat diseases and surgical needs of the eyes, problems related to the eyelids, tear ducts and eye sockets, and cosmetic concerns of the eyelids, eyebrows and face. 
Dr. McCracken is among a handful of members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a highly selective society of specially trained surgeons who focus on the eyes and surrounding areas. Dr. McCracken is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. McCracken has lectured internationally and has also been chosen as a member of the BOTOX® and Juvéderm® National Education Faculty.

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