Common eyelid problems are among the first things that bring patients to see Raleigh plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Zenn. And it makes sense. Your eyes are one of the first things people notice about you, and most people want to appear happy, alert, and youthful. However, the aging process that we all go through and genetics, in some cases, can cause your eyelids to droop or sag, making you look older than you really are or more tired than you feel.
Blepharoplasty, sometimes called eyelid surgery, is a popular facial surgical procedure. With this surgery, a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Zenn can turn back the hands of time by giving you a more youthful, not to mention more alert-looking, appearance. Blepharoplasty is a unique surgery in that it can resolve many eyelid issues, and many techniques are available to Dr. Zenn to address each specific type of problem.
Blepharoplasty can help eliminate some of these common eyelid problems:
Drooping Upper Eyelids
One of the most common issues that blepharoplasty patients seek treatment for is drooping of the upper eyelids. When fatty deposits develop and skin laxity increases over time, your upper eyelids can begin to droop significantly. As a result, you may look older than your actual age or always have a tired-looking appearance. Dr. Zenn, who has over 25 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, can skillfully address drooping upper eyelids through blepharoplasty utilizing an eyelid crease approach. He can remove fatty deposits and excess skin through this incision and tighten the eyelids to a tauter position. A scar is hidden in your natural crease. As a result, you look more awake and years younger.
For some patients, drooping eyelids are a result of a sagging eyebrow. By looking in the mirror and raising your eyebrows, you can see for yourself if any extra skin or fat needs to be removed. It is not unusual for patients with severe eyelid drooping to have both a brow lift and an upper blepharoplasty for the best result. Other times, patients come to consult about an upper blepharoplasty when what is really needed is a brow lift.
Drooping Lower Eyelids
Unfortunately, your upper eyelids aren’t the only part of your eyes that can droop. Your lower eyelids can droop, too, revealing a large portion of the whites of your eyes. This can cause an appearance that some patients don’t like or want, causing them to seek plastic surgery.
When addressing drooping lower eyelids, Dr. Zenn can approach the eye bags from inside or outside the lower eyelid. He will go inside the eye for fat removal so there are no external scars. However, if there is extra skin, a scar will result from skin removal. Still, Dr. Zenn will hide it artistically under your lashes, which will not be noticeable for most patients.
Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Zenn Today
Whether you’re experiencing sagging and drooping with your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, the good news is you don’t have to live with them if you don’t want to. Schedule an initial blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Zenn to determine if you’re a good candidate for the surgery.
Contact the Zenn Plastic Surgery office today at (919) 480-3885 to make this appointment.