Facial aging affects everyone, but treating it can often be complicated. Each individual face ages differently and it often seems as though every fold and contour has its own, highly-specific, medical terminology and treatment method. One of the most common early signs of facial aging is a sagging or drooping of the upper eyelid, which can make the eye appear smaller and even partially obscure vision. Because the eyes are usually the focus of social interaction, and because the upper third of the face can be one of the first areas where signs of aging become noticeable, this issue can be a primary concern for many of my facial plastic surgery patients. In some cases, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, like Botox®, can temporarily alleviate these symptoms, but for many patients cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures are able to provide more long-term relief.
One of the primary causes of facial aging is the gradual loss of skin elasticity that affects all men and women, to one degree or another, as they start to grow older. Youthful, resilient skin “bounces back” to its original shape when it is stretched and moved and maintains that lifted and firm shape even under the constant pressure of gravity. However, as elasticity starts to wane, features can start to sag and droop, sliding to a lower position on the face and taking on a wrinkled and deflated appearance. This is particularly problematic in the eyebrow and forehead region, as sagging skin can make the eyes appear tired or hooded. A brow lift, or forehead lift, removes excess sagging skin and re-tightens the muscles in the upper third of the face, subtly raising the brows and smoothing the forehead. In many cases, the procedures can even be performed using special endoscopic brow lift techniques that minimize the appearance of post-surgical scars.
Revealing the Eyes
The upper eyelid is lifted and supported by the tiny levator muscle, and when age causes its attachment to the lid to weaken, the eyelid can noticeably droop, giving the face a tired and sleepy appearance. In many cases, particularly in male faces, this effective narrowing of the eyes can also make the patient seem to be perpetually angry or distrustful. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, on the upper eyelids removes tiny amounts of excess skin and tightens the muscles surrounding the eyes, lifting the eyelids back to their natural, youthful position. A similar procedure can be performed on the lower eyelids as well, where it also removes fat deposits that can contribute to puffy, under-eye bags.
Every patient is unique and every face ages differently, and I would welcome you to contact my office to schedule a consultation so that we can determine what facial rejuvenation procedures are right for you. If you are interested in a brow lift or in any of the other facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform, find out more by connecting with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.