20 Jun Eyelid surgery: Put your best face forward.
Our eyes are often the first thing people notice about us. Popularly referenced as the “windows to the soul,” a disproportionate number of love songs have been written about them, more than any other part of the face. Drooping eyelids or puffy eyes can be a source of frustration, insecurity, and even result in a loss of vision for some patients. In this three-part series, we’ll highlight and explore three different facial surgeries: facelift, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. There are many ways to transform your appearance, make positive changes, and put your best face forward.
Why eyelid surgery is right for you.
Blepharoplasty could be right for you if you have sagging or wrinkling around your eyes or have noticed a loss of the natural eyelid crease. As you age, the muscles supporting your eyes weaken and your eyelids stretch. Perhaps you notice that your lower eyelids look puffy or tired.
Some patients seek out eyelid surgery to counter the signs of aging. Others may wish to address hereditary traits like a baggy under-eye area or a heavy eyelid. In some cases, baggy upper eyelids can impair vision.
What eyelid surgery will do for you.
Practically, eyelid surgery can remove hanging skin from the upper or lower eyelids, reduce puffiness, remove fatty bulges, and correct other issues.
The overall effect is commonly one that “wakes up” your face, allowing for tightening and lessening of excess tissue. Some patients even find it easier to put on makeup because the skin of both the upper and lower eyelids is smoother.
Many patients choose blepharoplasty because they feel their tired-looking appearance misrepresents who they are, and having the surgery allows them to feel comfortable in their skin; with an external appearance that matches the way they feel.
What you may not know.
The skin of the eyelid is thinner than other areas of the face, causing it to show some of the first signs of aging. Using high-quality skin care products, avoiding harsh cleansers in the delicate eye area, and staying well hydrated will help elevate your blepharoplasty results and protect your skin.
Some patients have concerns about how noticeable the surgery will be, but the scarring from blepharoplasty is subtle and easily hidden. The incision made in an eyelid surgery follows the natural contour of the eyelid, so the scar from the surgery is easily camouflaged and largely unnoticeable.
Recovery time is not as extensive as most people assume for this surgery; most people can return to normal activities after 10-14 days and begin enjoying the benefits of their blepharoplasty. Swelling may last for several months.
A brow lift may be suggested at the same time as your eyelid surgery, especially if it sags prominently.
Many patients love that they still “look like themselves” after blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery is popular among celebrities because the results are effective without being obvious. Eyelid surgery can subtly draw attention to the eyes and allow for a younger appearance. Bagginess or dark circles distract from the natural beauty of the eyes, and eyelid surgery can open them up – opening you up to new possibilities.