One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States is eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in the last year alone more than 200,000 men and women underwent eyelid surgery and it was the single most frequently performed procedure on patients over the age of 40. Regardless of whether a patient is having a procedure done on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both, my goal during eyelid surgery is always to achieve subtle, natural-looking results that give the patient a more refreshed and youthful appearance without giving the face an overtly “worked-on” or “wind-blown” look.
Most of us are familiar with the fact that, as we grow older, tissues gradually lose their elasticity and muscles start to weaken. While similar changes can affect virtually every part of the body, they are perhaps most apparent in the delicate skin of the eyelids, an area that is the focus of most social interaction. Specifically, when the tiny levator muscles that lift and support the eyelid weaken, the eyelid can start to noticeably droop, a process referred to as ptosis. This causes the eyes to narrow, the entire face to appear tired, sad, or angry, and in some cases may even partially impair peripheral vision. Cosmetic facial plastic surgery on the upper eyelids can remove tiny amounts of excess, sagging skin while tightening the miniature muscles that surround the eyes. In many cases, a blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids can often achieve effects similar to a more-extensive brow lift procedure, with a shorter post-surgical recovery time.
Not only does the passage of time eventually cause skin to sag and droop, but it also allows fat deposits to gradually accumulate in the lower regions of the face. When this build up occurs in the thin tissue of the lower eyelids, the results commonly include dark circles and puffy under-eye bags. Through the use of an advanced transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique, I can remove these miniscule fat deposits through tiny incisions that are hidden inside the lower lid itself. This can make the eyes appear wider and more youthful and alleviate some of the sunken or hollow look that can occur in more mature patients. Blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids can also be performed in conjunction with a mini-facelift, which is designed to address signs of aging below the cheekbones and above the jawline. The two procedures complement one another to give the entire face a much more rejuvenated appearance.
If you have any questions about eyelid surgery or are interested in learning more about how any of the facial plastic surgery procedures that I perform can address your specific aging concerns, I would welcome you to contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news and updates.