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How an Eyelid Lift Can Help You Dramatically Reverse Signs of Aging

Eyelid LiftFighting against signs of aging can seem nearly impossible. Overnight creams, facemasks, and other at-home methods can only do so much. If you’ve been troubled by drooping skin around the eyes, under eye bags, puffy eyelids, and other eye-related signs of aging, it may be time for an eyelid lift.

What Does an Eyelid Lift Help With?

Eyelid lifts do not just have cosmetic and aesthetic benefits but are also utilized for functional restoration of the eyes. When excessive drooping eyelids cover the vision partly or wholly, blepharoplasty can restore eyesight.

Eyelid lifts are performed to help with skin laxity and drooping of either the upper or lower eyelids or both. Changes to the eyelids can occur as a normal consequence of aging or due to injury.

What Happens During the Procedure?

This delicate surgery involves a small incision expertly placed within the folds of the eyelids to attend to the skin, fat, and muscle underneath. Depending on your specific needs, the muscles may be tightened, fat may be removed or repositioned, and excess skin may be addressed.

Will You Need Another Eyelid Lift in the Future?

A question that many have when it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures is the duration of results. After all, many procedures are performed to combat aging. With a primary goal of eyelid lifts to rejuvenate the face, they hope to do the same.

Eyelid lifts can last nearly a lifetime with permanent results. For others, age-related drooping may occur again after significant time has passed, but the degree of drooping may not reach the same extent as before your blepharoplasty.

Find the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Eyelid Lift in Pottsville and Hazleton, PA

Eyelid lifts are delicate surgeries involving tiny vasculature and muscles. Working with an experienced and capable plastic surgeon can help you achieve the age-defying or vision-restoring results you seek.

At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified Dr. Robert M. Kimmel has offered comprehensive care with an expert touch for over 15 years.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Pottsville location at 570-622-2900 or Hazleton at 570-455-4252. You can also submit a contact form online.

Want to Look Younger and More Energetic? Consider Blepharoplasty!

We all that the way we look will change over time. We may not bat an eye as we start to notice laugh lines around the mouth or crow’s feet caused by smiling and laughing. However, when the face begins to look tired all the time, or it loses its friendliness, then we may not feel as satisfied with our appearance as we used to. If you’re facing concerns related to the aging of the skin around the eyes, blepharoplasty may be your quick ticket to a younger, more vibrant appearance.

Blepharoplasty is the term the describes the refinement of the tissue that makes up the upper or lower eyelids. In recent years, this procedure has become one of the leading plastic surgeries to be performed in our time. It takes about an hour in many cases but can take up to two hours or more if both the upper and lower eyelids are treated at the same time.

If your face has changed because of the positioning of your eyelids, you may be very interested to learn more about the blepharoplasty procedure. This technique is routinely performed to address two particular problems that make the face appear tired, serious, even unfriendly:

  • Heavy upper eyelids. Both the upper and lower eyelids have a small amount of fatty tissue. Both areas are quite delicate and prone to sagging. The upper eyelids, when weakened by a lack of collagen, become droopy over time. The drooping of the upper eyelids skin can make the area look heavy. The natural crease of the eye also often gets obscured by lax tissue. Here, blepharoplasty carefully trims tissue to restore the natural crease of the eyelid and the youthful curvature of the upper eye.
  • Undereye puffiness and sagging. The skin beneath the eye lies over small fat pads. This fatty tissue prevents the eyes from appearing sunken. Without sufficient support from overlying tissue, the fat here can protrude. The continual weakening of the skin can lead bags to worsen into sagging pockets of deflated tissue. Lower blepharoplasty restores a smooth transition from the upper cheek to the lash line through incisions that are hidden from sight.

Aging eyes are not a problem, but the way they change the appearance of the face can be. If you would like to explore the potential benefits of blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation at our Pottsville or Hazleton office today.

Blepharoplasty: Is this The Right Treatment for You?

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.

Am I the Right Age for Blepharoplasty?

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.

How will Scars Look?

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.

A Question We May Ask

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.

Do You Know the Various Things Eyelid Surgery Can Do?

Robert M. Kimmel, MD, FACS | Blepharoplasty

For years, it has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What this really means is that we tend to perceive a person’s character based on the appearance of their eyes. If the eyes are heavy and hooded, the face may look tired or angry. If this is not truly how you feel, then your eyes aren’t true windows to your soul at all. To bring your truest self to light, you may have to address the age-related changes that have affected your eyes. We can do that with blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the eyes by correcting undesirable changes in the eyelids and superficial tissue. This surgery does what Botox and fillers alone cannot. It achieves permanent improvements with minimal downtime. Here are a few of the ways blepharoplasty can restore a more youthful look.

  • Lift drooping eyelids. The upper eyelids, in particular, can start to look very heavy and droopy with age. Drooping eyelids can create secondary problems on the forehead because we naturally lift our eyebrows when we feel the heaviness of the upper lids. Blepharoplasty carefully trims excess skin to recreate a smooth appearance.
  • Restore the eyelid crease. When upper eyelid skin thins out and becomes very weak and saggy, the natural crease in the lid disappears beneath the fold of tissue. The disappearance of the crease makes it difficult to highlight the eyes with makeup. It can also impede the ability to meticulously apply mascara. Tightening up the upper eyelid restores the crease and, along with it, the ability to wear makeup as desired.
  • Improve peripheral vision. Some people, when upper eyelid sagging becomes severe, lose a degree of their side-vision. This can happen when the muscles that lift the upper eyelids also weaken to a point where they can no longer lift sagging skin. In this instance, blepharoplasty also has functional value.
  • Eliminate puffiness. At the same time that the skin is thinning, the ligaments that hold fat pads in place are weakening. These two age-related changes often result in puffiness beneath the eyes. To correct this, blepharoplasty may rearrange fatty tissue before trimming excess skin to better hold fat pads.
  • Decrease tear trough grooves. At the upper cheek just below the lower eyelid are what we call tear troughs. These are curved lines that may spread from the inner eye to the outer eye. Tear trough lines may worsen as the ligament below the eyes weakens. By repositioning fat and addressing this ligament, a plastic surgeon can smooth the transition between the eyes and the upper cheek.

There are several reasons to consider eyelid rejuvenation surgery in comparison to injectable treatments. To learn more about the value of blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

Demystifying Eyelid Surgery Recovery

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BlepharoplastBlepharoplasty Hazleton, PAy is a popular cosmetic procedure that is sought by more than 200,000 people each year. This procedure focuses on the upper or lower eyelids (or both) to reduce signs of aging such as puffiness, dark circles, and drooping. According to research, many men and women who undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery feel much more satisfied with the general appearance of their face, even without correcting other signs of aging such as a soft jawline. When consulting about blepharoplasty, one of the most pressing questions patients have is what it’s like to recover from this surgery. We’re going to discuss that here.

All surgery comes with side effects. The most common include bruising and swelling. Most patients expect this and find that their eyelid rejuvenation does not cause substantial frustration. Swelling and bruising can be managed by sleeping on an extra pillow or two to keep the head elevated. Elevation discourages the accumulation of fluid in the surgical area. Cold compresses can also decrease the severity of swelling and bruising when used for short periods of time during the first two days post-op.

It comes as no surprise to blepharoplasty patients that they will face a bit of discomfort. What is surprising to many people is how mild their discomfort really is. We do not recommend waiting to see how tolerable discomfort is. Patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed for the first several days after surgery. Usually, pain and physical side effects dissipate so much within the first week after surgery that patients can resume most normal activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous workouts will need to wait for another few weeks.

What about scarring?

The matter of scarring is discussed during the initial consultation when details of the procedure are covered. Incisions are often made on the inside of the eyelid, which eliminates external scars. The scarring that does occur with internal incisions is so subtle that it is neither seen nor felt. If incisions are made on the eyelid, they are positioned within the natural crease, where they are hidden while tissue heals. Like internal scars, those on the outside of the eyelid should not affect the natural look or feel of the eyes.

Learn more about blepharoplasty and how this procedure can give you the refreshed appearance you desire. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a consultation appointment.

Keep An Eye Out…Fall Is Here…It’s The Perfect Time For An Eye Lift!

If Fall is here can The Holidays be far behind? Nope.
Those holiday parties and glam events are in the works…and you should look your very best.
It’s time too consider an eye lift!

You can’t change your genetic make-up or do much about the march of Father Time, but coupled with daily sun exposure, they are the cause of droopy lids and aging, under-eye bags.

Men and women alike are turning to eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty) to reduce the signs of aging around their eyes. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes and tightens upper and lower eyelid skin, muscle, and fat for a more youthful, fresh appearance. Most commonly done as a cosmetic procedure, a blepharoplasty may also correct the interference droopy eyelids cause with vision.

BlepharoplastyPerformed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, a blepharoplasty is a safe, and easy procedure. Dr. Kimmel takes every precaution for the comfort and safety of his patients.
Small incisions are made in the natural creases of your upper eyelid. Excess skin and fat are removed and the incisions are closed. For the lower lid, incisions are made under the lashes or inside the lower lid. These tiny incisions will be completely invisible once healed.

What happens after surgery?
• Your eyes will be swollen and bruised following surgery. This is normal and will subside.
• You may experience blurry vision and some pain.
• Ice packs can soothe the pain and control inflammation.
• You should be able to return to work within two weeks.
• Easy walking is recommended in the early phase of your recovery.
• Avoid heavy lifting or any exercise that requires you to bend over, such as yoga.
• The results of your procedure should be visible within a month.

If you have puffy bags under your eyes, excess skin which covers the natural fold of your eyelids or loose skin which hangs down from your eyelids and interferes with your vision, call Dr. Kimmel for a consultation. Alert, bright, well-rested eyes are within your reach!

Who Needs Droopy, Tired Eyes?

blepharoplastyAs we age a couple natural developments can really affect the eyes. Our skin loses some of its elasticity and tautness. And fat deposits can form. The combination leads to droopy, aged eyes that can give another person the idea that you are either mad or very tired. And because the eyes are a focal point when looking at a person’s face, droopy eyes with dark circles are the last thing you want. Fortunately, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at Keystone Surgery Center can takes decades off your eyes and make your face look much younger

Why eyelid surgery? The skin around our eyes is the thinnest on the entire body, so when it loses its elasticity fat deposits, saggy areas, and wrinkles all begin to really show themselves. Sometimes, the upper lid can droop far enough to even impact your vision.

In a blepharoplasty procedure, the goal is to return the eyelids to the way they looked before all that sagging took hold. Patients can opt for just upper or lower eyelid surgery, but most choose to have both eyelids improved at the same time.

In the surgery, Dr. Kimmel makes incisions in inconspicuous locations that will not be visible to others. On the upper eyelid, the incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. On the bottom eyelid it is made either in the corner of the eye or on the inside of the lid. Any excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. Also, fat is repositioned, especially on the bottom eyelid. Why is fat not removed? If there is excess fat, some will be removed, but removing too much fat can give the patient a drawn, gaunt look.

Recovery from eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Most patients can return to work after about a week, and resume all of their former activities within three to four weeks.

Maybe you should give your eyes some of the attention they deserve. Call us at 570-622-2900 and let’s discuss a blepharoplasty.

Should I Consider Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes truly are one of the most revealing features of your face. Just as eyes are the first features to convey happiness, excitement and other positive feelings – they are also the first to show age and wear over the years.

Dr. Kimmel often sees patients in his office who would never expect to seek cosmetic surgery until their appearance or even their vision has been compromised by dropping and sagging eyelids.

If you find yourself with excess fat or skin on your upper eyelids or bags and dark circles on your lower eyelids perhaps you should consider an eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty. This surgery may be the perfect solution for creating eyelids that make you appear well rested and fresh.

If your drooping upper eyelids have created problems within your field of vision, your procedure may even qualify for insurance coverage. Don’t continue on with obstructed vision when such a quick and effective surgical treatment exists.

A blepharoplasty can be conducted in our office within just a couple of hours. You should be able to return home immediately and return to work and other social activities within the week.

Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a healthier, more confident lifestyle. When your eyes appear bright and alert, people perceive you as being happier, more approachable, and well rested. Contact our office today to learn more about how an eyelid surgery can help you.

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