When you first meet someone, the most visible characteristic you notice about them is their eyes. Likewise, when you look in the mirror and see your reflection, the first thing you notice about your own eyes is the changes that start to occur as you age. Droopy eyelids, bags, obstruction, narrowed eyes, and a tired appearance are just a few of the factors that make you look and feel older than you really are. Even if we do everything possible through diet and exercise to maintain a youthful appearance, the seemingly inevitable changes that take place around our eyes as we age eventually betray us. Because our eyes are so much a part of our daily interaction with others, the way they look is important because that is what people focus on when we communicate. Fortunately today, at Shine Cosmetic Surgery under the direction of Dr. Daniel H. Lin M.D., your appearance can be easily improved with eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty. An outpatient procedure that removes the excess skin and bags from your eyes, recovery is quick with all signs of surgery gone in approximately 3-4 weeks.
Sometimes called an eyelid lift, eyelid surgery is a delicate operation that rejuvenates the skin and muscles around your eyes and can be performed on both the upper and the lower eyelids. During eyelid surgery, excess skin is removed and fat is repositioned. The repositioning of fat can simultaneously diminish puffiness and fill hollows and eliminating the excess skin and tightening the muscles will smooth wrinkles and folds.
Aging, genetics, sun exposure, and years of consistent muscle movement (such as blinking) cause your upper eyelids to droop. Misplaced pockets of fat distort the natural contours of your eyes creating wrinkles and folds of skin where your eyelid was once smooth and firm. The results of symptoms range from a subtle fold of extra skin in your upper lid or having so much skin that it rests on your eyelashes causing an obstruction of vision. Another reason for upper eyelid heaviness is that your eyebrows start to descend with age and as they do, they push the skin just underneath your brows onto your upper eyelids.
During upper lid blepharoplasty, Dr. Lin will make a tiny incision along the crease of your upper eyelid to provide access to the area being treated. The incision will be made in the natural crease of your eyelid so there is no visible scar. He will then remove an ellipse of skin and sometimes the excess fat that is giving your eyes their puffy appearance before tightening the skin and sealing the incision with fine sutures. For an optimal outcome, it is sometimes recommended that your upper eyelid surgery be combined with a forehead lift since drooping eyelids can originate from a heavy brow.
Lower eyelid surgery at Shine Cosmetic Surgery addresses bags, dark circles, and loose or wrinkled skin that appear beneath your eyes. Many people simply have too much extra lower eyelid skin and the puffiness underneath their eyes makes them look old and tired. Lower eyelid surgery can correct this by improving the tone of the skin beneath your eyes resulting in a more refreshed look.
There are two types of lower lid blepharoplasty. In most cases, Dr. Lin will make an incision just below the lash line of your lower eyelid to remove fatty tissue and skin before tightening the skin and muscles of your lower lid. If you do not need to have the muscles of your lower lid trimmed, Dr. Lin may perform what is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure, the incision is actually made inside your lower eyelid making scarring completely invisible. Laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel to rejuvenate your skin’s elasticity and restore your youthful texture can enhance the results of lower eyelid surgery.
In summary, the following treatment options available to improve the problems that make your eyes look older include:
- Bags or puffiness beneath your eyes can be treated with eyelid surgery. There are several reasons for this condition stemming from the tissue that holds back the fat living around your eyes. Because of many factors including aging, genetics, and environmental exposure, the tissue eventually weakens allowing the fat to push outwards. To correct this, Dr. Lin will make an incision on the inner surface of your eyelid and remove or reposition the extra fat leaving no outside scar.
- Wrinkles and excess skin of the lower lids can be corrected in several ways. Dr. Lin will excise the extra skin through a tiny incision hidden just underneath your lower eyelashes and once healed, this incision is almost invisible.
- Dark, under-eye circles are caused by a variety of reasons including genetics, allergies, and increased fat deposits. While blepharoplasty is designed to surgically remove the fat deposits underneath your eyes, if this is not the cause of your dark circles eyelid surgery will not eliminate the issue.
- Prominent eyelids can be corrected with eyelid surgery by reducing excess fat around your eye and inserting stitches to make your eyelid crease more pronounced.
Eyelid surgery is a relatively short procedure, taking only one to two hours to complete. Most patients are able to resume non-strenuous activity in 1-2 days and because the incisions are tiny, recovery is quick. There is usually minimal pain associated with this type of surgery while slight swelling and bruising of the eyelids varies with each patient. Although eyelids primarily sag and droop in older years, today many young people are choosing to have eyelid surgery to correct eyelids that sag as a result of genetics.
The key to a good outcome when having eyelid surgery is to know which procedure, or combination of procedures will offer you the best results. Because of this, during your preoperative evaluation Dr. Lin will examine your medical history, access your facial structure, and discuss all of your expectations and goals. Dr. Lin knows that beauty is not only skin deep and he has expert knowledge regarding the soft tissue, muscles, nerves, cartilage, and bones underneath your skin. He understands how these structures relate to each other and how they change over time and because of this, he is able to give you an individualized treatment plan that will last for years to come.
Whether he is correcting your eyes or performing a full facelift, Dr. Lin is an expert in performing a variety of cosmetic procedures that will diminish the visible signs of aging in your face and body. If you are interested in discovering how a blepharoplasty may be able to restore vitality and youth to your eyes, Dr. Lin invites you to schedule a personal consultation with him at Shine Cosmetic Surgery where he will explain all aspects of the surgery thoroughly. There is no reason to wait another day so please contact us and let our helpful staff schedule your appointment: an appointment that is the starting point for giving you back your beautiful eyes and making you proud of the way you look.