Do you look tired even when you’re wide awake? Do you have “bags” underneath your eyes or drooping skin in your upper eyelids? If so, then you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, a type of cosmetic eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty can wake up a person’s expression and make them look more youthful, refreshed, and alert.
How Aging Changes Expression
Aging can be a cruel process. Not only does it create lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, but it can also make our facial expressions change permanently. Normally, when the face is at rest, it looks neutral–not happy, sad, tired, or awake. As we age, though, our resting facial expression can change. Many people start to look tired, angry, or sad all the time–even when they’re happy and wide awake. This has to do with changes in the skin surrounding the eyes.
With aging, the skin begins to lose volume, elasticity, and firmness. Collagen and elastin production slows down and the skin begins to get thinner, taking on a crepe-like appearance and beginning to sag and droop. In the eye area, this can create changes in expression by “hooding” the eyes with the upper eyelid or allowing fat under the eyes to bulge against the skin, causing bags.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Changes in the skin might be inevitable, but eyelid surgery can be an effective method for tightening and rejuvenating the eye area. This popular procedure is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the United States, and most patients are thrilled with their results. It can’t stop the aging process, but it can turn back time and slow down aging in the future.
During a blepharoplasty, the plastic surgeon removes or repositions excess skin and fat, reshaping, tightening, and redistributing the tissues to create a more alert, resting expression. Eyelid surgery can be done on just the upper lids, just the lower lids, or both.
There are many benefits of eyelid surgery, both physical and psychological. Patients will typically look younger, healthier, and happier, and of course, more awake. Blepharoplasty is also a fantastic confidence-booster. Most patients feel more comfortable socializing after surgery and may even feel younger. In patients with significant drooping upper eyelid skin, eyesight and quality of life can improve as well.
Is a Blepharoplasty Right For You?
If you look in the mirror every day after a good night’s sleep and still look like you’ve been up all night, cosmetic eyelid surgery might be a great option for you. People with sagging under-eye bags or drooping upper eyelid skin make good candidates for blepharoplasty. Some patients who have sagging in the upper eyelids will need eyelid surgery, while others may need a brow lift. A plastic surgeon will be able to make a customized recommendation about the best option for the patient.
It’s important to realize that eyelid surgery might not fix all your aging problems. It won’t fix frown lines or crow’s feet, for example. If you want more comprehensive anti-aging results, you might need to combine eyelid surgery with other treatments and procedures. Be realistic when you set your expectations, and you’ll probably be very happy with the results. Blepharoplasty is very popular with patients as young as their mid-30s. It’s often combined with Botox or laser treatments for enhanced anti-aging.
Fitting Eyelid Surgery Into Your Life
You want to look more awake, not lose sleep over your plastic surgery procedures! If you have a busy lifestyle, then you’re probably concerned about fitting eyelid surgery into your life. The good news? It’s a fairly simple procedure that requires only a short amount of downtime. Patients who aren’t concerned about their coworkers asking questions can be back to work in just two days! Incisions are placed in the natural creases of the eyelids and shouldn’t leave visible scarring.
Expert Facial Rejuvenation in Naples
The team at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, Florida, knows that not everyone has the same plastic surgery needs. They are experts in procedures like eyelid surgery, facelifts, and minimally-invasive treatments like Botox. Their goal is to provide each patient with a natural-looking result that is tailored to meet their specific needs. Want to know more about eyelid surgery and facial rejuvenation? Call (239)-594-9100 today to schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons.