One of the most common signs of aging is sagging skin, which makes people look older than they are or older than they want to appear. Certain areas like the face, neck, and hands show signs of aging sooner than others. Atlanta facial plastic surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein says many patients who visit him to fight facial aging often complain about a tired eye appearance. Depending on the patient’s specific needs, Dr. Burstein offers several plastic surgery options to help rejuvenate the eyes by targeting the root of the problem: drooping skin around the eyes, swollen lids caused by fat deposits, or lax skin on the forehead.
Patients who are bothered by initial signs of aging may start with minimally invasive options like cosmetic injectables or Ultherapy® skin tightening. Cosmetic injectables work to relax wrinkle causing through injections into the forehead and between the eyes to promote a youthful appearance. Since a sagging brow often contributes to aging eyes, Ultherapy® works well for eyebrows that are just beginning to droop.
Patients with more advanced sagging often seek eyelid surgery. Patients with drooping upper eyelids causing a hood appearance above the eyes benefit from upper eyelid surgery, which involves removing excess hanging skin and an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. Some patients’ puffy eyelids are caused by fat that builds up beneath the eyes, which can be treated with lower eyelid surgery. During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Burstein makes a tiny incision through the membrane lining of the lower eyelid, a technique known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This incision allows him to remove the fat that causes swelling without a noticeable scar.
Patients who are bothered by both droopy upper and lower eyelids can receive both techniques at one time for complete eye rejuvenation. However, some patients schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery when their sagging brows are actually caused by lax forehead skin. These patients often benefit from a brow lift or forehead lift. By using small incisions that are easily hidden within the hairline, Dr. Burstein tightens the skin and muscles from within to smooth the brow and lift the eyebrows back to a youthful position. When performing this technique he often uses the endoscopic approach, which is less invasive and uses a tiny camera for guidance.
If you aren’t sure which facial plastic surgery procedure will provide your desired results, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burstein today. He understands that patients’ needs vary and will help you determine which approach will work best for you. Visit his website to learn more about the other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures he offers. If you haven’t already, connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.