Eyelid Lift – Get Back the Light in your Eyes!
It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul; they convey one’s deepest feelings and emotions, they are the element of the face that is most readily noticeable and remain in one`s memory. The eyes are considered the most expressive features on the face. However, the eyes are often one of the first facial features to show signs of aging.
Blepharoplasty is the procedure that treats aging eyelids. Sometimes the brows can be low and contribute to the heavy appearance of the upper eyelids whereas the eyebrows should arch above the corner of the eye. If this is not the case, you may require a browlift instead of or in addition to eyelid surgery.
While we blink tens of thousands of times per day, the skin of the eyelids is much thinner than the rest of the face, with fewer internal moisture glands. Therefore, eyelid skin is more prone to sagging and stretching. This is made worse by many factors such as sun exposure, allergies, and eye rubbing. With time, the fat surrounding the eye tends to protrude, sometimes due to heredity. Eyelid fat also retains water, so these bags often appear puffier in the morning, when over-tired, after heavy salt consumption and/or with allergies.
A youthful upper eyelid should be full with healthy moist skin. Lower eyelids are ideally smooth without fatty pouches. A small roll of muscle right below the eyelashes is part of the normal anatomy and should not be confused with eyelid bags.
Lower eyelids blepharoplasty
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is an advanced and well proven method of removing eyelid bags making hidden incisions within the eyelid. This is an excellent technique, especially for patients that have no excess skin and when the texture of the skin is not affected.
In patients with wrinkles of the lower eyelid skin, the skin can be smoothed simultaneously by a laser or chemical peel. A “pinch” or skin-only technique removes excess lower eyelid skin and can be combined with a transconjunctival blepharoplasty in a way that spares the muscle of the lower eyelid. Like in true eyelid lift, the eyelid edge can be tightened to reduce the amount of skin that needs to be removed and to restore a naturally youthful look.
Upper eyelids blepharoplasty
Upper blepharoplasty should be considered when the skin of the upper lids protrudes over the eyes. Sometimes this skin redundancy is to the extent that it becomes difficult to put on eye shadow or the hooding of the lids interferes with vision. Upper blepharoplasty for visual obstruction is a procedure that may be covered by medical insurance.
The incisions for rejuvenation of the upper eyelids are made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid and are barely visible after healing. Eyelid incisions are closed with very fine sutures, which dissolve in four to five days.
Post-operatively, patients can often return to work in a week or less after transconjunctival surgery, upper and lower lid surgery.
By using the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Mardirossian creates a more youthful, yet natural look. He avoids excess removal of skin or fat that would produce the so-called hollowed “operated” look.
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For more information about an eyelid lifts, please request a consultation at Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics at 561-624-0900.
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