A person speaks more with their eyes than with words. Unfortunately, physical fitness cannot hide the aging signs that are evident in the eyes. An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that restores lost vitality to the eyes.
Through blepharoplasty, excess skin on the upper lids is removed and lower eyelid bagginess is reduced. Eyelid surgery also offers an advantage apart from cosmetic reasons: it can correct eyelids that droop down to obscure one’s line of sight.
It is important to mention that eyelid surgery is not the solution for the removal of dark circles or crow’s feet. Other procedures can take care of these issues.
How Aging Affects the Look of the Eyes
The human body as a whole is affected by aging. While some regions have it worse, like the face, other regions like the limbs experience aging signs that are more subtle. One common factor is a decrease in skin elasticity.
In the eyes, loose skin begins to accumulate due to the pull of gravity. This excess skin gives the appearance of a bulge. On the upper eyelid, a double fold interferes with vision.
Fat in the body, apart from maintaining heat homeostasis, acts as a cushion. A thin layer of fat underlines the eye socket in the skull. This fat is held in place by a thin membrane. The structural integrity of the membrane is compromised with age, causing gaps. Gradually, the fat begins to sag. The herniated fat affects the look of the eyelids, creating a bulging appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Revitalizes the Eyes
Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both at the same time. When the upper lid is worked on, a fine incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. For the lower lid surgery, the incision is made either along the lower lash line or on the inside of the lid.
During the procedure, excess skin and other tissue is removed from the region. Fat may be repositioned and muscle tissue may be tightened, smoothing out bulges for lids that appear more even. The site of incision is then patched with small fine medical stitches.
Recovery from an Eye Lift
The stitches will dissolve in about a week, meaning they will not need to be removed during a follow-up appointment. Since the surgery is targeted at one of the most sensitive anatomical features, there may be slight bruising or swelling for a while.
Initial results are visible immediately after your surgery, and patients notice constant improvement with time over the course of one year. Within two weeks of the surgery, the face returns to normal – this time without the unappealing eye bags and excess drooping skin.
Arrange a Consultation to Learn More About the Eye Lift
A visit to Dr. Anthony Bared, an experienced double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is the best way to find out more about blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Bared will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to schedule an informative consultation, contact our office today.