Most people have tricks to hide their aging and tired eyes. Some use make-up to hide wrinkle lines or shadows from eyelid bags. It is not surprising that late night television has so many commercials for creams and potions that promise younger eyes since there are no real shortcuts to hide aging around our eyes. Our eye area is exceptionally delicate and is one of the first indicators of noticeable aging. Changes in skin elasticity, bone resorption, and redistribution of fat all conspire to age our appearance. Learn how eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty surgery, by a Raleigh, NC, plastic surgeon can make people look refreshed and more youthful without obvious signs of a plastic surgery procedure.
Common Signs of Aging Around the Eye Area
Our faces have been exposed to a life full of harsh environmental conditions like sunlight and resultant sun damage, skin changes from smoking and second hand smoke, and excessive dryness in our surroundings. Even small repetitive eye-blinks, squinting or other facial motion can result in fine lines surrounding the eye and in the forehead. Irritants in our environment that cause allergies or direct eye aggravation can cause excessive rubbing of the eyes, worsening skin excess and eyelid bags
Are There Some Other Options to Consider Before Eyelid Surgery
Fine lines around the eyes can be a result of skin problems or underlying muscle activity. Diffuse fine wrinkling of the skin from all causes can be improved with good skin care. Professional skincare products are offered at Zenn Plastic Surgery as they have been studied rigorously and proven to work by removing dead outer layers of skin and promoting the production of collagen to thicken the skin. Hyaluronic acids add moisture back to dry skin.
Injectable fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® can add volume back to the face around the eye, making up for lost fat and bone volume, though they are not permanent and require continual use.
Neurotoxins like Botox are effective at removing wrinkles due to unwanted muscle activity around the eyes. Over time, the unwanted muscle activity causes things like crow’s feet, “elevens” between the eyebrows, and wrinkle lines in the forehead. Results are evident in 3 to 5 days and last 3 to 6 months.
When to Consider a Cosmetic Eye Procedure Like Eyelid Surgery
There are some times though that a person should consider undergoing eyelid surgery:
- Ptosis – droopy upper eyelids that can block vision
- Blepharitis – inflamed eyelids from exposure or rubbing
- Ectropion – lower eyelids sag & change the shape of the eye
- Entropion – lower eyelid causes eyes to turn inward causing eyelash rubbing
- Blepharochalasis – eyelid bags & folds from excess skin and fat. This is the most common reason people choose eyelid surgery. Their eyes make them look old and tired.
When Eyelid Surgery Should Include a Brow Lift
Often as we age, the fullness we see in our upper eyelids is not skin and fat excess; rather it is a lower eyebrow that is crowding the upper eyelid. One can see this by simply looking in the mirrow and raising your eyebrows. If the “extra”skin and fat disappears, a brow lift may actually be what is necessary to regain that youthful look.
People are often surprised to see that once the eyebrow is lifted, the upper eyelid area is actually empty due to fat loss that was covered by the drooping eyebrow. Fat grafting can add back that youthful softness combined with the browlift.
Another telltale sign that a browlift can be needed is deep transverse wrinkles of the forehead – from raising your eyebrows constantly and subconsciously just to see better. Those wrinkles can disappear after the brow is lifted and eyebrow raising is no longer needed to see.
Why Fat Grafting To Eye Area Corrects Hollowed Out Look
As we age, the amount of fat around the eye itself tends to atrophy and slowly disappear. Older individuals can develop a hollowed-out appearance due to both fat loss and an increase in the size of the orbit. Increased orbit is due to bony loss -both cause the eye socket to appear more sunken. Strategically placed fat grafts to both the upper eyelid and lower eyelid-cheek junction can repair this issue. Achieving a natural and non-surgical look that is refreshing.
Where To Find a Plastic Surgeon for Your Blepharoplasty in Raleigh, NC
Choose an experienced plastic surgeon from the Raleigh, North Carolina. A surgeon who is revered for facial cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery, brow lift surgery, and facial fat transfer around the eye.
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