The eyes are often thought of as the ‘windows to the soul.’ But for many Americans, those windows can become obstructed by the skin that surrounds them. As you age, skin tissue and fat around the eyes loses its structural integrity, which results in sags and bags. This is a common cosmetic concern which makes those that suffer from them appear far older than they are. Don’t let the windows to your soul be obstructed by too much skin. Let them shine after eyelid surgery, an excellent way to refresh and revive your eyes.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is perfect for making you appear more alert. But if you’re considering the procedure, it can be difficult to gauge which type of eyelid surgery would best suit your needs. Below, you’ll find a rundown of what this surgery entails and the options you can choose.
Eyelid surgery is a procedure that needs to be specified to your unique needs. The different types of surgery can address these specific needs. In some cases, a patient may have puffy bags beneath their eyes, which lower eyelid surgery can improve. For others, the upper eyelid can begin to droop, obstructing a patient’s vision. In this case, upper eyelid surgery would be more appropriate. These issues vary from patient to patient and can largely be the result of genetics. It’s essential to have the right eyelid surgery so that you can have the best surgical techniques performed on you, improving your eyelid concerns and ensuring they’re suitable for your unique features.
Excessive eyelid tissue and puffy bags beneath the eyes aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. The cosmetic issues can make you look old, tired or sad, but with eyelid surgery, these issues can be corrected, creating a more alert and youthful appearance. The skin surrounding the eyes that were defined by wrinkles and sags can become taut and smooth. The cosmetic benefits of eyelid surgery are immense, but the surgery can also be a medical improvement source.
As mentioned, for some patients, the eyelids can begin to droop as age becomes a factor, resulting in less vision. Eyelid surgery can fix this issue and many other concerns that can arise due to drooping eyelids. Baggy upper or lower eyelids can make it difficult for some to wear contact lenses or glasses, but with eyelid surgery, that no longer has to be a concern. Other issues that can be corrected include relieving the eye muscles of the strain caused by drooping eyelids and restoring skin irritation resulting from eyelid skin rubbing against the face during facial movements.
During an initial consultation with your eyelid surgery provider, your concerns will be thoroughly reviewed, and which type of eyelid surgery will benefit you most will be discussed. Some of the more common forms of eyelid surgery include:
Upper eyelid surgery involves removing excess fat, muscle and tissues that are causing the eyelids to droop. During the procedure, one incision is made in your eyelid’s natural creases, and fat is then repositioned, and muscles are tightened. The treatment is generally quick, lasting 30 minutes to one hour. After the procedure, you can potentially appear more awake and alert, creating a more youthful image.
Lower eyelid surgery is particularly beneficial if you’re seeking to rid your eyes of puffiness, dark circles and bags. During the procedure, one incision is made either on the inside of the eyelid, which results in no visible scar, or along the lash line. The treatment helps create a more contoured look in the midface region, as fat pads are repositioned, and muscles are tightened. The treatment takes longer to complete than an upper eyelid surgery, usually lasting approximately two and a half hours. Lower eyelid surgery is an exceptional procedure that can refresh and rejuvenate your appearance.
Double eyelid surgery involves creating a more defined crease in the upper eyelid, making it so the eye is more noticeable. The treatment creates a more alert look and makes the eyes appear more round. Double eyelid surgery involves making an incision along the lash line to remove excess skin and fat in the eyelid to make it more crescent-shaped. The treatment is an excellent way to give more shape to your eyes and help remove signs of age as it improves your appearance of the puffy, tired look associated with hooded eyelids.
Eyelid surgery is perfect for men and women that are unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids. The treatment is often performed on patients older than 40 because they tend to be inflicted with droopy eyelids and bags beneath the eyes, but the treatment is also beneficial for the younger generation. The treatment is not meant to be used to address issues associated with “crow’s feet” or other lines. These age signs are best treated with other procedures such as chemical peels, injectables or combined with other procedures, such as a brow lift. Combining any of these treatments can create incredibly beautiful results.
It’s essential to have an experienced surgeon perform your eyelid surgery because they can expertly craft your treatment plan and recommend other treatments that may benefit your particular needs, such as a chemical peel or Botox.
Dr. John P. Freeman of Katy, TX, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He’s well regarded in the field of facial cosmetic surgery and is dedicated to improving his patients’ appearance. If you’re considering eyelid surgery, you can expect the best from Dr. Freeman and receive an eyelid surgery plan that’s tailored to your specific needs. Talented, friendly, and knowledgeable, Dr. Freeman will ensure your eyelid surgery boosts your appearance.