Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift): Your Eyes Can Make You Look Younger
Cosmetic Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls™
Removing excess skin of the upper eyelids and the bags under the eyes goes a long way to make one look younger.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most frequent cosmetic surgical procedures.
However, it is important to select a surgeon that is qualified to perform this type of surgery.
Several specialties overlap in this area, since some specialties are regional, such as
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and Ophthalmology (eye), while board specialty of Plastic Surgery
encompasses the entire body and face. ENT surgeons are certified by the American Board of
Otolaryngology, and many ENT surgeons have added training in facial cosmetic surgery.
Ophthalmologists, both General and Oculo-plastic, are board certified (by the American
Board of Ophthalmology) and restrict their surgery to the eyes and eyelids. Surgeons
certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery provide surgery to face and
all areas of the body, which can be a benefit when combined procedures are
carried out under the same anesthetic. Board certified Plastic Surgeons combine both
cosmetic and reconstructive methods in their effort to improve and rejuvenate the
appearance of the aging face.
Another pitfall is the accurate diagnosis of the cause of the cosmetic
deformity. For example, the failure to diagnosis a true ptosis (eyelid
droop or sleepy eye) or brow ptosis (low position of eyebrows) can result in disappointing
results. Once again, one should seek consultation with a board certified surgeon.
Eye contact is a unique and important aspect of everyday personal communication,
intimate conversations and business discussions. So in our daily interpersonal encounters, our
eyes and surrounding mid-facial area often give the viewer an impression of one's overall appearance.
Changes in the eyelids usually are the first sign of aging, which includes skin
excess of the upper eyelids, a skin excess and fullness of the lower eyelids and wrinkling
of the skin lateral to the eye (crow's-feet). Therefore, it is logical that one of the most frequent
and earliest sought-after cosmetic procedure is that of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty (bleph
meaning eyelid and plasty for the change the shape) or "eyelid lift" is a surgical
procedure, usually done under local anesthesia with twilight sleep, to reverse these aging
changes in one's appearance. It is very effective surgery and is performed on both men and
women. Due to the thinness and abundant blood supply of the eyelid skin, healing is relatively
fast and scars are barely (if at all) visible. When indicated, incisions can be concealed
within the eyelid.
This surgery involves various approaches to the peri-orbital fat (puffiness)
and depression or absence of fat along the rim of the eye socket. Fat removal, relocation,
and transfer are techniques that can to rejuvenate of appearance of the eyelids.
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