Our eyes help to define us, and they are often the first feature that other people notice about us. The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is more prone to age, revealing "crow's feet" wrinkles. Also, eye bags and drooping eyelids worsen with every passing year. This can be frustrating for some, but there are ways to ensure that your eyes will still have it, no matter your age. Turn back the hands of time by undergoing a brow lift or an eyelid lift with board-certified Raleigh plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Zenn to reveal a younger you.
So What Exactly Is Eyelid Surgery?
This term describes a surgery designed to make your eyes look younger and refreshed. The plastic surgeon will skillfully work to precisely stretch and remove any excess eyelid skin obstructing the patient's view.
The actual procedure performed will depend on the specific case at hand. Some might have excess eyelid fat or skin folds that need to be trimmed back. Others might need an eyelid and brow lift. Or even a suspension technique that corrects excessively droopy eyelids restoring the patient's more youthful facial appearance.
How Do I Get Rid of Eye Area Hollows from Volume Loss?
It's not unusual for some individuals to lose a significant amount of fatty tissue volume from their eye regions. This can result in a hollowed-out appearance. And unfortunately, that tends to make one appear older.
Dr. Michael Zenn often transfers fat tissue from another body area back to the eye region during eyelid surgery, thus restoring its original fat volume. This is known as "fat grafting" and takes precision work that only a well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon can do effectively. The fat will be removed from inconspicuous body areas like the hip or upper thigh.
Will I Have to Repeat Eyelid Surgery in the Future?
Eyelid surgery should last if appropriately done by a qualified plastic surgeon trained and seasoned with facial plastic surgery cases and surgical techniques. This is exceedingly difficult work, and the plastic surgeon needs a steady hand and precision surgical skills to get a natural-looking result that makes the patient look years younger. Most patients never need to repeat an eyelid lift procedure.
Can a Blepharoplasty Fix Drooping Lower Eyelids Too?
An eyelid lift is a cosmetic surgery that corrects sagging fat or skin tissue drooping on the upper, lower, or both eyelids. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a brow lift. Together these surgeries create more space between the brow and eyes giving a more youthful eye contour.
During this surgery, the surgeon will use very fine instruments to hide surgical incisions where others won't notice them. It is also common for respected plastic surgeons to recommend additional face contouring work. This is done to fill out hollow cheek and eye areas with the before-mentioned fat grafts for even better results.
What Should I Expect During the Recovery Phase?
In general, most eyelid lift surgeries occur in an outpatient setting. The majority of patients can go home after about an hour in recovery. Typically the day after the surgery, we schedule an office visit with the patient to ensure all is well.
We recommend patients take at least a week off work to speed up the healing process. Some bruising and swelling may be present but will resolve with the application of ice packs as directed. In-office suture removal will be one week following surgery. Most patients return to work within one to two weeks.
Benefits of Undergoing a Blepharoplasty Revealed
Undergoing an eyelid lift surgery alone or combining it with a facelift, brow lift, or fat transfer can reveal younger-looking eyes. Eyes that seem well-rested and brighter. This surgery helps rejuvenate the eye area. Thus, the shape of the eyes appears more almond, rather than the age-revealing, round-eye look associated with older people.
Take the first step and make a consultation appointment at Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC. You can discuss whether a blepharoplasty or brow lift is right for you or possibly another age-minimizing cosmetic procedure.