Eyelid rejuvenation is one of the most common requests of men and women seeing cosmetic care. Recent market research has discovered that, when a person reduces cosmetic concerns around the eyes, their overall sense of satisfaction with their facial aesthetic improves. Many cosmetic surgeons are now discussing blepharoplasty for eyelid rejuvenation as an alternative to full facelift surgery. Here, we want to provide an overview of the blepharoplasty procedure and discuss when the timing may be right for this level of rejuvenation.
Blepharoplasty: What and Why?
Blepharoplasty is an eyelid lifting procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis; no hospital stay is necessary. The procedure may be conducted with the objective of smoothing away undereye bags by removing excess tissue, or it may open-up the eyes by removing sagging tissue from the upper lids. Some patients require both. The reasons for blepharoplasty are personal to each patient. However, the underlying factors that may cause cosmetic concerns are consistent across most cases.
The skin around the eyes is naturally quite delicate and thin. This is why we are encouraged not to rub our eyes. With age and the depletion of collagen, the protein that gives skin its thickness and resilience, the eyes become a prime target for the signs of aging. Skin that loses elasticity will hang down more. The loss of firmness allows superficial fat pads to appear more prominent. Blepharoplasty does away with these problems simply by removing extra tissue.
The Question of When
Today, men and women who express concern about the skin around their eyes also tend to express an interest in injectable treatments. It is true that neuromodulators like Botox and soft tissue fillers are capable of reducing lines and wrinkles. However, there are limitations. Patients whose undereye puffiness or dark circles cannot be eradicated by filling the tear troughs may be better served by blepharoplasty. The upper eyelids, as well, may not tighten to the desired extent using the only Botox to lift the brow. Finally, there is such a thing as functional blepharoplasty. This procedure may be medically necessary if upper eyelid skin drops into the field of vision.
Your eye doctor in our Kehei or Wailuku office can help you discover the best path to younger-looking eyes. Contact us to learn more about your options for eyelid rejuvenation.