Posted March 17, 2020 in Eyelid Lift
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“Your eyes are the windows to your soul”
There is little denying that your eyes are your most striking facial feature. Although their primary purpose is sight, your eyes are capable of so much more, from being able to express your innermost feelings to communicating without words.
Unfortunately, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and dark circles can develop around the eyes that make you appear older than you are and limit your ability to convey your full range of emotions.
Why Does Aging Develop So Early Around the Eyes?
Some people are born with “heavy” upper eyelids. Their genetically full upper eyelids obscure the crease that is usually present when our eyes are open. The majority of people begin to see excess upper lid skin in their forties. This is due to a combination of factors. Volume loss of bone and fat, loss of skin elasticity, and aging of the skin contribute to the aging eyelid. Visible aging is a symptom of thinning skin. This happens gradually; however, as the skin and tissues around the eyes are already paper-thin, it often affects the eyes earlier than other facial features. When this occurs, the upper eyelids begin to droop and hang down over the open upper eye crease. The lower eyelid aging occurs again due to loss of volume in the surrounding cheeks, which then reveals the lower eyelid fat pads. The fat pads have always been there but are not visible in youth because the surrounding fat volume blends the area between the lower eyelid and the cheek. With volume loss, lower eyelid “bags” of fat become visible superior to the “valley” of volume loss below and the cheek mound below that. Some patients have genetic dark lower eyelid skin (dark circles). The loss of volume in the lower lid intensifies the dark circles as shadows create more darkness.
How Does Blepharoplasty Reverse Aging Eyes?
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects premature aging around the eyes to restore a youthful, refreshed quality that will be apparent close-up as well as across the room. This procedure reduces excess skin, puffiness, and drooping upper eyelids, as well as corrects excess skin and “bags” of the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can increase your range and field of vision by eliminating excess, drooping skin.
Our philosophy is that eyelid surgery should be done conservatively, re-creating the natural appearance of the eyelids. Less is more—patients should never have that “startled, wide open eye” appearance. Even though this is a surgical procedure, it can be performed in our office under local anesthesia. Within an hour, years of aging are corrected. Blepharoplasty is considered one of the “biggest bangs for the buck” in facial plastic surgery, instantly taking years off the patient’s perceived age. Stitches are removed after four to five days, and patients can use a concealer within seven days. Our patients return to their normal day-to-day lifestyles with minimal downtime, many commenting that, “It was the best thing that I ever did for myself.”
After your eyelids have healed, you will notice a refreshed set of eyes capable of expressing everything from joy to frustration to sympathy. You will no longer be confined to the tired and stressed look caused by the sagging skin around the eyes. As many patients have said, “Before my blepharoplasty, I looked tired all of the time even with a full night’s sleep, now I look rested and youthful even if I stay up all night long!”
How Can I Maintain My Youthful Eyes?
A Nutritious Diet
While the link between your diet and the quality of your eyelid skin may not seem readily apparent, nutrients and vitamins are just as essential to your skin quality as your internal health.
Essential vitamins that assist in the longevity of your youthful eyes include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6, B9, and B12
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Wearing UV Protective Sunglasses
Not only are sunglasses trendy and fashionable, but they are also essential tools for protecting your eyes. Excessive sun exposure is one of the quickest ways to reverse the results of your eyelid surgery and restore the wrinkles and sagging skin. Make sure that your sunglasses block out harmful UV sun rays.
Apply Sunscreen and Moisturizer
Even with sunglasses or hats, sun exposure can still find your skin and increase wrinkles and pigmentation concerns. Incorporating a broad-spectrum sunscreen into your day-to-day skincare routine can protect your eyes and the surrounding features from sun damage.
Hydrating and moisturizing skin creams are also necessary aspects of your skincare routine as they help keep your skin moist and smooth.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest can help improve your overall health and prevent any bags from forming under your eyes, which contributes to a tired and aged appearance.