New Eyes for the New Year
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
The eyes are the focal point of the face. And if your eyes look old, so does your face. This is unfortunate because the skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body, and it is some of the first to show the signs of aging. Sun damage doesn’t help things. Plus, as the muscles and tissues of the eyelids and the area surrounding the eyelids slacken with age, the result is droopy, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes and droopy eyelids covering the eyes.
Eyelid surgery with Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. Robinson can take years, if not decades, of 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.
Eyelid surgery can be especially satisfying because its results are dramatic, yet subtle. This doesn’t sound possible — this is, after all, surgery — but it’s true. Eyelid surgery can make you look 10 even 15 years younger, yet people usually have no idea that you’ve had any surgery. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery, most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery, clinically called blepharoplasty, is the most popular cosmetic surgery that applies to both sexes. This is because 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 performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. This is where the extensive experience of Drs. Snodgrass and Robinson come to the fore. In upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. The muscle tissue is tightened, fat repositioned, and excess skin is removed. In recent years, the trend has been not to remove much fat in this area as it can leave the patient with a hollow look. Our goal is to usually reposition, rather than remove, the fat to maintain a natural look.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision is made inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.
Are your eyes saying you’re old? Call us at Snodgrass & Robinson Plastic Surgery, (706) 662-4941, and set up a consultation for eyelid surgery.
Posted in: Facelift & Eyelids