Ever wonder which cosmetic surgery procedure will give you the biggest bang for the buck? An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is one of the most popular procedures performed in the United States today. It is definitely at the top of the list of minor surgeries that can take years off your appearance at an affordable price.
They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, but unfortunately, they are also the first place to show signs of aging. With time, the upper and lower eyelids may droop, causing excess creasing, bulging, bags, and wrinkles. An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty can diminish lines and wrinkles, and smooth the eye area for a more youthful, radiant appearance.
In addition to dramatically improving sagging upper eyelids and under-eye bags, an eyelid lift can also increase your field of vision by repositioning fat, tightening muscles, supporting tendons, and removing excess skin around the eyes.
Who is a good candidate?
Patients often wonder whether they’re good candidates for eyelid surgery, especially if they are younger and only just starting to notice visible signs of aging. Here’s the answer: If you look in the mirror and feel you look sad or tired, with bags or heaviness around your eyes, you may be a great candidate for upper and/or lower eyelid surgery. As we age, our eyelids begin to stretch and the muscles that support them start to weaken. It’s completely normal to begin noticing signs of a tired or fatigued appearance as early as your thirties.
Generally speaking, the best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who are physically healthy and realistic in terms of their expectations. It’s important to understand that the procedure will not correct sagging brows or deep lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic procedures such as a brow lift or Botox can help address those issues.
What happens during your blepharoplasty?
During upper eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon makes a tiny incision along the natural crease in the eyelid to remove any excess fat, skin, muscle, and tissue that contribute to creating a chronically tired appearance. During lower eyelid surgery, an “invisible” incision is made inside the lower eyelid to remove extra fat and tighten sagging skin. Some patients opt to have only one procedure done, while others get both upper and lower eyelid surgery done at the same time.
What are the results like?
Eyelid surgery will restore a refreshed and youthful appearance to your eyes. Patients who go into surgery with realistic expectations are usually thrilled with their results. Our experienced Seattle plastic surgeons can achieve very natural results with scars that are nearly invisible thanks to incision locations such as the natural crease in your skin that allow them to be hidden.
How long will the results last?
Results are long-lasting, but it is important to keep in mind that blepharoplasty does not stop the aging process—it just sets it back a bit. To achieve ideal, enduring results, it’s very common for patients to combine upper and lower blepharoplasty with other cosmetic procedures. Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift, brow lift, forehead lift, or laser skin resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin and erase wrinkles.
If droopiness reappears on the lids, it is most often due to sagging brows. Botox® injections or a brow lift can correct that. Bags and puffiness on the lower lids usually don’t reappear after eyelid surgery. You can do your part to keep a youthful look overall by avoiding sun exposure, reducing stress, and not smoking.
If you are tired of looking tired consider restoring your youthful appearance and boosting your confidence with an eyelid lift in Seattle Washington. Call our experienced Polyclinic Plastic Surgery team to schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons. We look forward to helping you rejuvenate your appearance with a beautiful, natural result. 206.860.5582