New Eyes for a New Year
Our eyes are the stars of our faces. While they may not be typical Hollywood stardom, they are typically the first thing a person notices when they meet a new person.
An unfortunate sideline to that is the eyes feature some of the thinnest skin on the entire human body, so they are often among the first areas to show aging.
Sun and environmental damage also heavily impacts the skin of our eyelids and the surrounding areas. These and other factors can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.
But blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with the team at Central Valley Eye Medical can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace. Overall, eyelid surgery is the second most popular facial cosmetic surgery after rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Eyelid surgery can be especially satisfying because its results are dramatic, yet subtle. This procedure dramatically changes your facial age, yet people usually have no idea that you’ve had any surgery.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, your Central Valley surgeon makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. The muscle tissue is tightened, fat is repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed. We are very careful with fat in this area, usually opting to reposition it rather than removing it. This delivers a natural-looking result.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can make the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.
Eyelid surgery does not involve a difficult recovery. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After just three or four days your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger! There can be some residual swelling, but it usually is gone within 10 days.
Interested in taking the age out of your eyes? Call us at Central Valley Eye Medical, (800) 244-9907, to set up a consultation.
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