Is it exhausting that your family and friends continuously ask you if you’re tired – or even worse – sad?!?! Unfortunately, our eyes are one of the first areas of the face to start showing signs of aging. As we age, the skin on our entire face can begin to lose its elasticity and tightness. As a result, eyelids sag, and the combined effects of long-term sun exposure, stress, genetics, weight changes, and of course, the inevitable forces of gravity can eventually take their toll. The resulting droop in excess eyelid skin can result in what we sometimes call ‘hooded eyes.’
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can not only knock off a few years on your face and boost your self-confidence, but it can also help you look more rested and rejuvenated. In some cases, it can even improve your vision!
If you’re here, chances are you are doing research and considering blepharoplasty. But, you might be wondering about the risks of eyelid surgery, like scarring and dry eyes, and whether it can help get rid of the circles under your eyes or your crow’s feet.
Here is a look at the most common myths about eyelid surgery and what you need to know:
Eyelid surgery comes with some risks, and chronic dry eye is one of them. But this condition is less likely when an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon does the procedure. The condition is more likely to develop if the surgeon removes too much skin from the eyelids. That is why the skill and experience of the surgeon can make all the difference.
Truth: Blepharoplasty can be a safe procedure even for people who already have dry eyes.
Eyelid surgery involves making careful incisions along the natural folds of the skin or along the lash line to help hide any visible scarring. Incision lines can remain slightly pink for six months or more.
Truth: When blepharoplasty is done correctly by an experienced plastic surgeon, these scars fade and become virtually undetectable over time.
Dark undereye circles are one of the most common complaints, and they can be among the most challenging problems to solve. But blepharoplasty is one of the best options in many cases. This is because the fat under the eye is often responsible for the appearance of those dark circles, and removing or repositioning it can make a significant difference. In addition, lower blepharoplasty can be combined with fillers to enhance the rejuvenating effect.
Truth: Blepharoplasty can address dark circles.
Blepharoplasty will not stop or eliminate those fine lines that develop at the corners of the eyes caused by dynamic movements such as smiling, frowning, or squinting. These kinds of lines can effectively be addressed with injectables such as BOTOX, however.
Truth: Eyelid surgery can work wonders for the upper face and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, but it cannot correct crow’s feet.
Know the risks and benefits of your surgery and make sure you are in good hands. Any surgical procedure comes with some risk, but every patient is different.
Experience is key. Whether it’s thin or thicker skin, lifestyle considerations, or medical history, you want an experienced facial plastic surgeon who can assess your individual needs, minimize the risks and deliver the best results.
Understand what blepharoplasty can and cannot do. Blepharoplasty can correct droopy eyelids and tighten up loose skin and muscles around the eyes. As a result, it can make a dramatic improvement in your appearance. It can’t get rid of crow’s feet, but it can eliminate the fatty buildup under the eye and reduce puffiness and dark circles.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia in the office or with general anesthesia on the upper eyelids or lower eyelids separately or simultaneously. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance results.
The bottom line: Blepharoplasty is an excellent treatment option to make you look refreshed and brighten your face! Your family and friends will no longer ask you if you’re tired, but instead, compliment you on how well-rested you look, and the only question they will be asking is if you always had such beautiful eyes!
If you are interested in blepharoplasty, the best way to get started is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Troiano. During your consultation with Dr. Troiano, leading female facial plastic surgeon in West Palm Beach, you will undergo a thorough examination, discuss your medical history, learn the pros and cons of the procedure, and determine if you are a good candidate.