We frequently express ourselves using facial movements. More than we may think, our face is sending messages even when we’re not purposefully smiling or frowning. This can be problematic when the signs of aging affect the appearance of highly-emotive facial features such as the mouth or the eyes. Patients that visit our Hazleton and Pottsville offices often express the desire not to look younger, necessarily, but to look more awake and friendly. Blepharoplasty can help. Here, we share some of the questions we hear from patients interested in refreshing their facial appearance.
Blepharoplasty is an eyelid lift. It removes skin that has become loose and heavy. The procedure also adjusts the fat pads beneath the skin of the upper or lower eyelids to reduce hooding or puffiness that is aging the eyes. After upper blepharoplasty, the natural crease should be reinstated and the skin should lie smoothly. After lower blepharoplasty, the eyes should look bright and youthful, without hollowness or bags. Because an eyelid lift corrects age-related concerns, people often wonder if they are too young for this procedure. Our objective in observing a patient is not their biological age but the age of their skin and the appearance of the eyes. Blepharoplasty is often performed on people in their forties, as well as people in their sixties and beyond.
Surgery on the eyes must leave visible scars, right? Scars, yes. Visible, not so much. Scars are a natural outcome of incisions. However, the thickness of scars relates to the thickness of the skin. The thin skin on the eyelids pays off in this matter because the resulting scars are so minor that you’d have to show someone where they are for them to notice. Meaning, they won’t notice on their own.
Blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eyes by trimming excess tissue from the eyelids. However, upper eyelid heaviness may not be caused by eyelid skin at all; it may be caused by a falling brow line. In that case, a brow or forehead lift may be performed independently or in combination with blepharoplasty to achieve the best results.
The signs of aging can bring focus on the eyes for all the wrong reasons. Make your eyes stand out for their friendliness and youthfulness. Learn more about blepharoplasty by scheduling a consultation in our Hazleton or Pottsville office.