With so many options in facial rejuvenation, the process of choosing the most appropriate treatment for specific concerns has become somewhat overwhelming. What we see in more cases than not is a perception that cosmetic surgery is not an option worth considering. Why go through the cost and minor stress of a surgical lift when there are injectables that can do so much for our appearance?
We can understand this idea. At the same time, we are also quite familiar with the limitations of non-surgical procedures. Let’s take a look at the options you have for rejuvenated eyes here . . .
The Upper Eyelids
With age, it is not uncommon for a man or woman to notice significant changes in the drape of the upper eyelid. This ultra-thin skin can become heavy and droopy seemingly overnight. There are a few reasons why the upper eyelid may change. One is that the loss of collagen has directly affected this tissue, and the lack of elasticity is allowing the skin to sag over its natural crease. Another reason that the upper eyelid may change is that the muscles just above and below the brow line are causing the brows to droop.
Brow-drooping is a concern that may first be treated with Botox. In some cases, the few millimeters of height that are gained through a non-surgical brow lift also decreases the bulk of the upper eyelid. If this does not happen, blepharoplasty is a wonderful option. The surgery is carefully performed through discreetly placed incisions. Removing excess tissue, blepharoplasty provides longer lasting results that are noticeable, but not obviously the result of surgery.
The Lower Eyelids
In recent years, many people have begun turning to injectable fillers to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. The lower eyelids, like the upper lids, are delicate and responsive to biological changes. Fillers placed into the upper cheek area or tear troughs can minimize the appearance of bags, but this treatment does not remove them. As such, some patients may continue to feel frustrated with the puffiness in this area.
Lower blepharoplasty carefully removes loose skin and also refines the fat pads just beneath the surface. These fatty deposits push outward against delicate skin. Surgical removal is ideal for severe sagging and under eye bags, as well as festoons.
As you age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity. This, coupled with gravity, can cause your skin to sag, including the skin surrounding your eyes. If you’re bothered by drooping upper lids and puffiness in your lower lids, or worse, if your vision is impaired due to sagging skin around your eyes, you may want to consider eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty.) This procedure is an effective, simple surgery used to tighten your skin, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and create a more youthful, rested appearance.
About the Procedure It takes about two hours to perform eye lift surgery if both the upper and lower eyelids are done together. While you’re under local (and in some cases general) anesthesia, your doctor will make an incision that follows the natural line of your lids, and then separate the skin from the tissue underneath to remove extra fat, skin and muscle. The incisions will then be closed with small stitches. For the lower eyelids, your doctor will either make an incision along the edge of the eyelash or cut inside the lower lid the remove excess fat. There will be some bruising and swelling post-surgery, which will subside in less than two weeks.
An eye lift may be right for you if you:
are bothered by drooping eyelids and puffiness under your eyes
have loose hanging skin that impairs your vision
have dark circles under your eyes
are in good physical shape
are a non-smoker
have realistic expectations about the procedure – you’re looking for improvement, not perfection
But not everyone is a good candidate for blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty may not if right for you if:
you have an eye infection or eye disease
your eyebrows droop, as blepharoplasty could actually worsen this condition
you have dry eye syndrome
you are looking to remove crepe-paper type wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under your eyes
have a serious infection or illness such as Grave’s disease, hyper- or hipothyreoidism, or thyroid problems
Please click here to view before and after images of a blepharoplasty procedure. For more information about the benefits of blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty is a great procedure to consider to achieve a more youthful look. Eyelid surgery is a viable option for men and women who want to turn back time and rejuvenate their appearances. Many patients have some misconceptions about eyelid surgery. To follow is a look at the most commonly believed myths concerning eyelid surgery and the real answers you should know.
Blepharoplasty is only for the upper eyelids. The term blepharoplasty refers to both upper and lower eyelids. Upper lids generally need to have loose skin removed where lower lids generally have fat pockets and puffy skin taken out.
Eyelid surgery is mainly for the elderly. Although most patients seeking eyelid surgery may be over 40, many younger patients have early-forming bags under their eyes and naturally droopy eyelids.
Eyelid surgery recovery is extremely painful. Actually, eyelid surgery is considered one of the least painful invasive plastic surgeries. Most patients report feeling tightness caused by swelling in their eyelids for a few days after surgery, or itchy eyes, but this is classified as uncomfortable, not necessarily painful.
Results may look overdone and you won’t be able to close your eyes after surgery. This is incredibly rare when blepharoplasty is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who has performed countless blepharoplasty procedures. The likelihood of this type of complication is very low.
Eyelid surgery can be both a medical and cosmetic procedure, so it is covered by insurance. This is generally false. The only case where insurance may possibly cover blepharoplasty is when upper eyelids have sagged to the point where they obstruct vision.
Eyelid surgery scars are noticeable. Skilled plastic surgeons place incisions in inconspicuous natural creases in the eyelid to make scars as close to invisible as possible. Over time, scars fade and become less and less noticeable.
Eyelid Surgery in West Orange and Jersey City
Ready to explore plastic surgery for the first time? Take the first step – contact us today. To schedule your plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla, call our West Orange office at 973-324-9455 or our Jersey City office at 201-763-6764. We look forward to hearing from you.