Do Your Eyes Age You?

Achieve a More Youthful Appearance With Blepharoplasty

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They say your eyes tell a story. What story do your eyes tell? Do they tell a tale of a person who is exhausted, or of someone who has aged before his or her time?

When you look in the mirror, are puffy, baggy, droopy eyes staring back at you?

There are many factors that can contribute to the above common complaints: aging, sun damage, stretching, obesity and smoking. Since the eyelid skin is so thin, it can cause the lids to droop and sag as the supporting muscles weaken.

Because of this, excess fat can gather below and above your eyelids, resulting in sagging eyebrows, bags underneath your eyes, and droopy upper lids. Not only does this age you, it can also affect your vision.

Luckily, there is a safe procedure with minimal downtime and long-lasting results that improves the looks of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both: blepharoplasty. This procedure, performed on both men and women, can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift or skin resurfacing. The results: a more youthful appearance, improved self-esteem, and/or improved vision.

During a blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, muscles and tissue are tightened and/or excess fat and skin is removed. Typically, the patient is under local anesthesia with sedation.  However, if the patient is anxious, general anesthesia may be used. The surgery is usually performed in less than two hours and patients can return to work in about two days.

Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for approximately two weeks, which is around the time most of the swelling and side effects subside. Scars are usually concealed and fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable.

Good candidates for blepharoplasty are in good general health, do not smoke, do not have any serious eye conditions, and have realistic expectations.

To find out if you are a good candidate for this surgery, make an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the pros and cons.

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