When your face ages, the areas above your nose take center stage. Your forehead, brow area, and eyelids begin to droop and sag. Getting a brow lift or eyelid surgery can reverse the effects of aging to erase years off your appearance.
What is an Eyebrow Lift and How is it Performed?
An eyebrow or brow lift can significantly improve your appearance. The procedure gives you a slight lift of the upper eyelids and eyebrows. The surgeon performs the procedure laparoscopically. It involves tiny incisions along your hairline. There will be a healing period before the effects are seen. You should see significant changes to the areas around your eyebrows and between your eyes once your healing is complete. The brow lift makes you look more alert and refreshed, not to mention years younger.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
This cosmetic procedure corrects significant drooping, sagging, and puffiness along the upper and lower eyelids. This popular cosmetic procedure gives you profound results with minimal downtime. The procedure helps men and women reverse the effects of aging on the eyelid skin. Lower eyelid surgery can also treat the condition commonly referred to as undereye bags.
The incision for this surgery is hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids, concealing any scarring afterward. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the excess fat that exists on the inside corner of the upper eyelids. This helps to reverse eyelid bulging, which is a big reason many patients originally seek out eyelid surgery. The skin on the upper and lower eyelids is tightened and secured in place. For undereye bags, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat before reconfiguring the muscles and skin to leave your under-eye area smoother and more attractive.
Some surgeons decide to operate on the upper and lower eyelids separately while others will combine both procedures during the same session. The effects of eyelid surgery leave you looking youthful and rejuvenated.
Non-Surgical Eyebrow Lift
For a brow lift without having surgery, injectable neurotoxin (such as Botox) can be used to tighten and refresh the skin around your eyebrows. Botox is only one example of these injectable lift procedures. The effects are similar with all of them. There are no scars left behind with this procedure and the effects last for around three to four months.
Which is Right for You – Eyebrow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?
With droopy skin on the upper side of your face, you may wonder which cosmetic surgery you should choose. This can be a difficult decision but scheduling a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon is a good first step. Everyone is different. Your issues may require a particular cosmetic surgery. The surgeon can only determine this surgery after a short physical examination.
In addition to undergoing an exam during your consultation, you will also have your questions answered related to the effects of surgery, any risks involved, and what to expect as you heal.
At Moein Surgical Arts, we help patients throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas correct the irregularities that cause them the most distress. When your eyelids or eyebrows show your age and make you look tired even when you’re otherwise fresh, cosmetic eyebrow or eyelid surgery can help.
Find out if the eyebrow lift or eyelid surgery is right for you by calling our office the next time you look in the mirror and find yourself wishing you looked drastically younger – (310)694-4486.
Do you constantly look tired no matter what you do? If you’re one of those people who could get ten hours of sleep per night and still look like a zombie come morning, there is hope for you yet. When all the over-the-counter creams and potions and even makeup fail to hide your tired eyes, cosmetic surgery could be the answer you seek.
Cosmetic surgery can succeed in making you look refreshed when all the advertised gimmicks have failed. These surgeries for the areas around the eyes and face are proven to work and you may be surprised to find they’re not that expensive.
Cosmetic surgery works over creams and other so-called solutions because surgery treats the underlying causes of your eternally wiped-out look. The reason you appear so tired despite being so well-rested has to do with a few different factors.
As we get older, our skin gets thinner and muscles weaker, leading to skin sag. When it comes to the ultra-thin skin on the eyelids, even a tiny bit of saggy skin can add years to your appearance.
Age is not the only factor that affects how we look. Lifestyle factors like smoking as well as extreme weight loss can also contribute to thinner skin and loss of volume.
No amount of cream, lotion, or undereye serum can penetrate the layers of skin and muscle around your eyes and face to combat these issues, but cosmetic surgery can.
Let’s look at a few popular procedures now.
Cosmetic Surgeries for Treating the Eyes and Face
The best procedure for treating bags under your eyes and saggy eyelids is known as blepharoplasty, otherwise referred to as eyelid surgery or the eyelid lift. The procedure is performed under mild sedation, which means you’ll be conscious for the duration of the surgery. You’ll also likely leave the same day on an outpatient basis.
The procedure offers very little downtime (up to a week tops) and most patients experience mild discomfort if they feel any discomfort at all. If you do feel any soreness the day after surgery, Tylenol or similar OTC medication can treat it. Tell your doctor if the pain persists past a day. You should be back to your normal activities within three to seven days. Having multiple surgeries in one session can lengthen your recovery times. While your face and eyes are healing, avoid sun damage and keep the area protected as your skin heals for best results.
How is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Performed?
Eyelid surgery is performed by removing excess skin from your eyelids and before the remaining skin is tightened and resecured in place. The areas treated by the blepharoplasty surgery start under your eyebrows and extend down above each eyelash line.
Lower blepharoplasty is performed beneath the lower eyelid but above the cheekbones. Cosmetic surgery involves the repositioning of fat and muscle underneath the eyes to treat undereye bags. The results leave the skin around your eyes tighter for a face that always looks well-rested and younger than your chronological age.
Rarely are the two halves (upper and lower blepharoplasty) worked on at the same time. In most cases, the upper and lower eyelid surgeries will be scheduled as separate procedures with some downtime in between to allow for proper healing.
Canthoplasty is another eyelid surgery you can request from your cosmetic surgeon. This procedure treats excess skin that has begun to cover the eyelash area and iris. This condition can restrict your vision, which could be dangerous, particularly while driving. Corrective eyelid surgeries like canthoplasty can help you overcome drooping eyelid skin for aesthetic and functional reasons.
A procedure known as cosmetic fillers could help you achieve your aesthetic ideal on and around your face. Fillers are used to provide volume to those hollowed out and dark circles on your face that can come with age. The same thing happens to your cheeks and jaw that happen to the areas around your eyes. Your skin gets thinner and muscles weaker, leading to loss of mass and hollowed-out contours. Fillers provide evenness to your face, but they are not permanent. Most filler products will require retreatment in around six months to maintain your newly configured facial contours.
Cosmetic fillers come with a variety of brand names like Juvederm and Restylane. Many contain skin-rejuvenating hyaluronic acid, which stimulates your skin into creating new “glowing” skin cells. In addition to giving your face more attractive features, HA fillers leave your skin looking and feeling younger. The treatments are injected into target areas on your face such as your temples, earlobes, chin, tear troughs, and melolabial folds (the areas between your cheeks and lips).
The facelift is ideal for rejuvenating the skin all over your face. Like fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, a facelift can leave your skin glowing and looking years younger. Unlike fillers, facelift results are designed to last for years.
You are a good candidate for facelift surgery when you find yourself feeling younger than you look in the mirror. Facelifts can correct all the usual signs of aging, like bags under the eyes, saggy cheeks known as jowls, and gauntness. You don’t have to be of any certain age to have a facelift. You only need a recommendation from your cosmetic surgeon after that surgeon has conducted a physical examination during an initial consultation.
The facelift can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries like facial fillers and fat transfer. This surgery uses your own fatty tissue to fill in the contours of your face.
The facelift (the medical term is rhytidectomy) treats the areas all over your face, including under your chin.
Double Chin Treatment
If fat tends to build up under your chin, giving you more folds than you’d prefer, Kybella double chin treatment can give you a sleeker facial profile.
Kybella is an injectable, FDA-approved treatment that corrects submental fullness. That’s the official term for what is commonly called a double chin. You could experience submental fullness because of weight gain, genetics, and aging.
Kybella is a serum containing synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a substance that is found naturally in the human body. The serum works to permanently dissolve fat cells upon contact, making it an effective treatment for a pesky double chin.
The Areas Around Your Face and Eyes Are Important
Your face and the areas around your eyes are critical for making the best first impression. Your face and eyes are some of the first things people notice about you. Appear younger and more refreshed by choosing facial and eye cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty – or as it’s commonly known, eyelid surgery – is a cosmetic procedure aimed at repairing droopy eyelids. In some cases, the technique can involve the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle.
The surgery produces natural-looking results and doesn’t take much time at all.
If you have loose or saggy eyelids, puffiness on your upper lids, or bags under your eyes, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Want to know more? You’ve come to the right place. The following is all you need to know about eyelid cosmetic surgery.
Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
As we age, the skin that makes up our eyelids can begin to stretch. The muscles supporting our lids can also weaken. The result is a droopy effect that can make you look older than your chronological years. Other symptoms of this problem include saggy eyebrows and dark bags under your eyes, which can make you look exhausted, even when you feel well-rested.
In some cases, the excess tissue around your eyelids can negatively affect your peripheral vision, which can be dangerous in some situations, such as while driving.
If you exhibit these symptoms, whether due to age or genetics, you can determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery by scheduling a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
Will Insurance Pay for Eyelid Surgery?
Since eyelid surgery is mainly cosmetic in nature, insurance may not cover the costs of the procedure. However, if your droopy eyelids interfere with your vision, that’s a different story. An insurance company may accept your claim since you would have a medically significant reason to undergo the surgical technique.
Are There Risks to Eyelid Surgery?
All surgeries come with some element of risk. You can reduce your chance of developing complications with eyelid surgery by choosing a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.
Possible risks of blepharoplasty include dry and irritated eyes, infection, bleeding, scarring, muscle injury, skin discoloration, blurred vision, and the need for revision surgery.
What’s the Best Way to Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?
Before having surgery on your upper or lower eyelids, you will need to be physically examined by your cosmetic surgeon. This exam may include tests of your tear production and measurements of your eyelids.
Your surgeon will also examine your eyes using various high-tech tools to determine the extent of your vision. Part of this test includes an examination of your peripheral vision. The latter is necessary if you hope to file an insurance claim.
Finally, eyelid photography is conducted by your surgeon. During this process, the doctor will take graphic images of your eyes from several different angles. These photos will help with surgery planning and can also be used to support an insurance claim.
If you smoke, you’ll be asked to quit several weeks prior to surgery. This is important because smoking can reduce your ability to heal following the eyelid procedure.
If you take certain medications like Coumadin, Jantoven, or you regularly take aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve, you’ll be asked to stop for safety reasons. You should only take medications that have been suggested by your surgeon.
Lastly, to prepare for eyelid surgery, plan to have someone drive you home from the cosmetic surgical center. If you live alone, it might be best to have someone stay with you for at least one night following surgery.
What are the Three Types of Eyelid Surgery?
There are three distinct types of eyelid surgery. The type your surgeon recommends will depend on the problems you face.
Upper Eyelid: This surgery is aimed at repairing droopy lids that can affect your appearance and vision. The procedure can restore eye function and make your eyes look more open and alert.
Lower Eyelid: Your surgeon may recommend lower eyelid surgery to remove wrinkles and correct eye bags. This procedure can also boost your appearance and leave you appearing better rested.
Eyelid cosmetic surgery is done in an outpatient setting. Your surgeon will inject a numbing medication into your eyelids before administering medication intravenously to induce relaxation.
The steps of the procedure vary depending on which parts of the eyelids are being worked on. For surgery on the upper and lower eyelids, the cosmetic surgeon will typically start on the upper lids first. An incision will be made along the fold of the lid, whereby excess muscle, skin, and fat will be removed. The incision is then closed before the lower eyelid surgery begins.
For the lower eyelid, the surgeon will make an incision below the lashes along your eye’s natural crease. The excess muscle, skin, and fat will then be removed or redistributed before the incision is closed.
If you suffer from droopy eyelids so severe that they lie near your pupil, your surgeon may perform an additional technique known as ptosis that provides greater support to the muscles of the eyebrow.
What to Expect After the Procedure
When the surgery is over, you will spend time in a recovery room. The nursing staff will monitor your vital signs for complications during this time to ensure your safety. If there are no complications and after you’ve had some time to rest, you’ll be able to leave the facility to recover at home.
You can experience temporary side effects as you heal from surgery. These include watery eyes, blurred vision (from the lubricating ointment your surgeon applied to your eyes), sensitivity to light, double vision, and puffy eyelids.
You may have some bruising that resembles black eyes and mild discomfort, though these will subside in around 10 to 14 days. Scars may take months to fade, but your surgeon will strive to hide them within the natural folds of your eyes. Keep your eyelid skin safe from too much sun exposure as you heal to get the best results.
Steps to Combat Post-Surgical Side Effects
If you do experience any side effects following eyelid surgery, you can try using ice packs on your eyes for ten minutes every hour on the night home from surgery. The next day, try ice packs every so often throughout the day.
Keep your eyelids clean and use any prescribed eyedrops your surgeon gives you.
Avoid straining, swimming, and heavy lifting for a week after surgery.
Don’t rub your eyes, avoid contacts for at least two weeks, and wear dark sunglasses in the sun and wind to keep your eyes protected.
When sleeping, sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for at least a few days.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
Shortness of breath
Severe eye pain
How Long is the Recovery Period Following Eyelid Surgery?
Recovery from blepharoplasty can take a few weeks. Though, you can expect to return to work and normal activities within about two weeks, in most cases. The true effects of the procedure may take a year to manifest after eyelid surgery.
What Results Can You Expect from Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty makes your eyes more prominent. You could say the procedure makes your eyes pop! After the procedure, you will appear more youthful and well-rested, which can have amazing benefits to your self-esteem.
The results can last a lifetime in many cases. For a rare few, the droopy eyelid problem may recur. Speak to your surgeon about your chances of requiring follow-up surgery.
Does Eyelid Surgery Dramatically Alter Your Appearance?
Eyelid surgery won’t change the structure of your eyes. You will still look like you when you are fully healed from surgery. In that sense, don’t think of blepharoplasty as reconstructive surgery. Instead, eyelid surgery makes your eyes appear younger and your face rejuvenated.
Choose a Skilled & Experienced Surgeon for Eyelid Surgery
In the wrong hands, eyelid surgery can produce substellar results. Not only that, but an unskilled surgeon can hinder your ability to blink properly and produce adequate eye moisture. The eyelids are delicate structures and therefore need to be worked on by the best cosmetic surgeon you can find. For example, Dr. Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts possesses the skill and experience to give you the amazing results you might expect with eyelid surgery. Located in Los Angeles and serving all of L.A. County, Encino, and Glendale, Dr. Moein and his surgical staff are ready to serve you. Call (310)694-4486.