Is It Time For An Eye Lift?

Your eyes are your most expressive feature and therefore the first thing people notice about you. Are they telling the world you are worn out, sad and that you are years older than you really are? If so, eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, could be the key to restoring your appearance to the youthful, energetic and engaged person you really are.

Sign of aging in the eyes

The most common sign of aging in the eyes is the excess skin that sags over the top of the eyelid creating a hooded eye. In many cases this skin limits peripheral vision making it difficult to drive or read. Upper eyelid skin can droop over the eyelashes and make it impossible to use eye makeup and can cause eye irritation.

Another distressing sign of aging is puffiness in the upper and lower eyelids. If the skin under the eyes is also dark, under eye bags will be accentuated, greatly contributing to the illusion that you are tired or ill or otherwise ‘down’.

If your family or friends are constantly asking you if you are tired or sad when you are perfectly happy and well rested, you may want to consider blepharoplasty.

What is involved in eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery removes loose skin, reduces puffiness and tightens the underlying muscles to restore an open and engaged look to the eyes. This procedure also removes and repositions fatty deposits to remove bags under the eyes. The surgery can be done on both upper and lower eyelids, or on just one area. Incisions are discretely placed in the natural creases of the eyes making them indiscernible once fully healed.

Blepharoplasty is often the first surgical cosmetic procedure considered by both men and women since this relatively easy fix takes years off their appearance with very little down time. The trend in aesthetic facial plastic surgery is toward smaller procedures intended to ‘tune up’ appearance rather than undergoing a major procedure. An eye lift is a perfect way to achieve a refreshed version of yourself that looks natural and beautiful.

Age is not a factor in eyelid surgery

There is no specific age that triggers the need for an eye lift. Genetics and environmental factors such as sun exposure can bring on early signs of aging in the eyes. Eyelid surgery can improve appearance in people of any age and in those with excessive eyelid drooping, can improve vision that has been blocked by drooping eyelid skin.

Many of today’s professionals consider smaller procedures a career investment, particularly in fields where competition for top jobs is fierce. A blepharoplasty can be discreetly accomplished within about 2 weeks after which your expression will be much more vigorous, energetic and engaged. Eyelid surgery isn’t an instant fix but it has a shorter recovery time than a facelift and can create the same effect in many people.

Consult a board certified facial plastic surgeon

If you are considering eye lift surgery, your safest route is to book an appointment with Dr. Birely or any other board certified plastic surgeon in your area. While blepharoplasty is a relatively simple surgery, it requires great finesse and artistic interpretation by a surgeon who performs facial aesthetic procedures on a regular basis. This will ensure your unique facial expression is not altered other than to remove the signs of aging you dislike.

Candidates for blepharoplasty are those with loose upper eyelid skin, puffy upper or lower eyelids, crepe paper type wrinkles on the eyelids or difficulty performing daily tasks because of vision impairment. If this describes you in any way, you deserve to know what can and cannot be accomplished through eyelid surgery. Dr. Birely will be happy to evaluate you and offer his recommendations on how you can achieve a more youthful, energetic look through eyelid surgery and what to expect after surgery.

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Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

*The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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