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More than any other facial feature, your eyes reveal the most about how you feel. When your eyes are bright and alert, you appear energized, well-rested, and in control. However, if you have lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, others may assume that you are fatigued, angry or unhappy.
If you believe that your eyes are making you look tired, sad, or older than you really feel, cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) may be the right choice for you. Eyelid surgery can remove the excess fat and drooping skin on the upper eyelids, minimize bags under the eyes and tighten the lower eyelid skin. The result is a more alert and rested appearance.
Is cosmetic eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is performed on men and women of all ages who want to improve their self-image. Most people have eyelid surgery to minimize the effects of aging. However, many people in their 20s or 30s may also benefit from the procedure.
You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have any of the following conditions:
* excess skin that hides the natural fold of the upper eyelids
* loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids
* puffiness in the upper eyelids that creates a tired look
* excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
* puffy "bags" and, in some cases, dark circles
Eyelid surgery needs to be approached with extra caution if you have any of the following medical conditions:
* thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or Graves' disease
* lower eyelids that droop significantly and reveal the white beneath the iris (the eye's colored portion)
* eye problems, such as "dry eye," a detached retina or glaucoma
* high blood pressure or other circulator disorders
* cardiovascular disease
It's important to let your plastic surgeon know if you have any of these problems.
What should I expect from the consultation?
A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering eyelid surgery. During this meeting, your plastic surgeon will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for surgery.
You should arrive at the consultation prepared to provide complete information about:
* previous surgeries
* past and current medical conditions
* medications you are taking, including herbal remedies and nutritional supplements
* allergies, especially those that affect your eyes
As part of the consultation, your surgeon will assess the amount of excess fat and skin in your eyelid areas, the position of your eyebrows, and the condition of the muscles around your eyelids.
Your plastic surgeon may suggest other cosmetic treatments to meet your appearance goals. For example:
* A sagging brow can be tightened and smoothed with a forehead lift.
* Crow's feet near the eyes can be minimized with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing.
* Dark circles beneath the eyes that can't be helped by blepharoplasty can be treated with a bleaching medication, chemical peel or laser treatment.
* Lower-eyelid muscle can be improved with additional eyelid surgery.
The specific method used for your eyelid surgery will be determined by your features and your surgeon's preferences.
Typically, the incision begins within the natural crease of the eye's inside corner and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow's feet or laugh lines. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, and is camouflaged when healed.
Usually the incision is concealed just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. Your surgeon may also make special adjustments. For example, the fat beneath the eye can be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. In some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened.
Your surgeon may decide that the best approach for removing fat from the lower eyelid is with transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure, an incision is placed inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. Laser resurfacing or chemical peel is sometimes used in conjunction with this procedure to minimize fine wrinkles near the eyes.
We want to be your first choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery, skin care, and life enhancing services delivered by a team committed to compassion, education, and excellence.
Using a delicate balance of science and art, our physicians can customized every surgery to meet your personal needs and goals. Our six surgeons: Dr. Lawrence Ruf, Dr. Scott Vann, Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Chris Pettigrew, Dr. Dan Deloach, and Dr. Carl Pearl recognize that no two people are alike. You are unique and we are, too.
We now offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery. Contact us today to begin your body transformation.
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