Inviting eyes are essential to a youthful appearance. Much of what facial plastic surgeons do is divert attention from other parts of the face to the eyes, which are usually the most engaging and eye catching spot on the face. The eyes are what create uniqueness and depth to the face, and patients want others to focus on this area.
Unfortunately, it is also the first part of the face to show aging. In certain families, aging eyelids are hereditary, characterized by excess upper eyelid skin and bulging bags under the eyes. This may present itself as early as the late teens to early twenties. Fine wrinkles of the lateral eyelid skin, also known as crow’s feet, surface as early as the late twenties. Although blepharoplasty is often done in isolation, those undergoing facelifts should take a close look at their eyes as well.
If eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is done in conjunction with a facelift, it can improve overall appearance. Some individuals may experience obstructed vision from overly redundant upper eyelid skin. Blepharoplasty then becomes a medically necessary procedure and may be reimbursable by third party payers.
There are some limitations to blepharoplasty, and patients should recognize them:
Fine wrinkles of the lateral crow’s feet area will not gain an appreciable benefit from blepharoplasty alone. However, laser resurfacing or medium-strength chemical peels are options that can tighten up this area and reduce fine wrinkles. Fortunately, here in Chicago, eyelid surgery patients can take advantage of regular skin care services at True Skin Care Center. Excess upper eyelid skin may be partially due to descended eyebrows, and if this is the case, an eyebrow lift or forehead lift may be necessary to complete or maximize your result.
When properly carried out, blepharoplasty is a favorable procedure that eliminates a fatigued and tired look common to aging. The best candidate for eyelid surgery is a physically healthy man or woman who has realistic expectations and is looking to improve the appearance of drooping upper eyelids and/or puffy bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery typically takes between one and three hours to complete, and can be performed in a surgeon’s office-based facility, a hospital or an outpatient surgery center. General anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation is most often used.
Blepharoplasty Recovery Care
We are continuously dedicated to giving our patients the attention they deserve during their period of recovery. Our blepharoplasty patients will receive a blepharoplasty recovery care package as part of their experience with SDMD. It is important that we make your blepharoplasty recovery time as comfortable as possible. For more information about blepharoplasty recovery, head over to our recovery care page.
As we age, time, and it seems the laws of gravity, take a toll on our faces. Sometimes our faces portray an older appearance than how we feel inside. Steven H. Dayan’s approach to aesthetic medicine, however, will be the anti-gravity solution to your facial aging dilemmas, leaving you looking and feeling your very best.