The human face is incredibly complex. Made up of more than forty distinct muscles each capable of their own intricate movements, the face is able to twist and contort into an almost infinite number of different expressions. Most of us spend our entire lives learning to decode the subtle interplay of these muscles, and can distinguish individual nuances of expression from even the tiniest shifts and twitches. This is just part of the reason why I believe that the most effective approach to facial rejuvenation involves making subtle and gradual changes. Because the underlying muscles and tissues in the face all work together, even the tiniest alteration can give the entire face a different appearance, so it has long been my philosophy on facial rejuvenation that minor cosmetic procedures performed during the early stages of the aging process can create long-lasting, natural-looking results. One of the most effective of these subtle facial plastic surgery procedures is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.
It is common knowledge that, as we grow older, the skin of the face gradually loses its elasticity and begins to sag. This is an underlying factor in nearly every one of the traditional signs of facial aging, from frown lines, to crow’s feet, to drooping jowls. One of the first places that this process becomes evident is in the parchment-thin skin of the eyelids. As the constant pull of gravity slowly causes the eyelids to stretch and the muscles supporting them to weaken, excess skin can collect both above and beneath the eyes. This skin wrinkles and creases in the lower eyelid and can form bulges that hang over the eyelashes on the upper lid. In some cases, this hooding can even become so severe that it can obstruct peripheral vision. Moreover, the fat cushioning the eyeball within skull can start to form heavy bags underneath the eyes when the thin membrane that holds it in place weakens. In the midst of this extremely expressive and obvious location, even minute changes can have a dramatic effect, making the eyes, and by extension the entire face, appear tired, sleepy, or sad.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a highly specific procedure that removes the excess fat and skin around the eyes while tightening the tiny underlying muscles. In a single short session that generally takes between one and a half to two hours, a blepharoplasty can achieve impressive cosmetic surgery results with minimal cost, risk, and recovery time. Since the incisions are naturally concealed in the folds of the eyelid or, in the case of a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, inside the lower lid, the appearance of scars is minimized. Overall, by addressing the very smallest of details, I am able to noticeably rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the entire face.
If you have any questions about eyelid surgery or any of the other facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform and would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular needs, I would welcome you to contact my office for additional information. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.
About Dr. Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.) With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University. He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated award in the field of plastic surgery, for the past seven consecutive years.