Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
At California Skin Institute, we’ve performed eyelid lift procedures on many patients. When patients initially visit one of our clinics regarding an eyelid lift, their biggest concern is that they appear tired when looking in the mirror, even though they’re fully rested. Often, they can’t even truly explain what it is about their appearance that makes them look this way – they just know something looks different. Unfortunately, a tired appearance can even make a person look older than they really are.
Performing an eyelid lift can make a deep impact on an individual’s appearance, because the eyes are one of the first things others notice about you. Therefore, rejuvenating this small portion of the face can have a dramatic effect on a patient’s appearance.
However, for best results, it is important to work with an experienced surgeon who will consider how the surgical changes to the upper eyelids and the brow will interact in the individual’s final appearance. This is because the brow and the upper eyelid affect one another, so they need to be considered together. Even if you just need one of these procedures, it is important to be aware that each of these procedures affects both of these areas afterward, sometimes in surprising ways.
If the skin of the upper eyelids is loose and hangs down, the patient may unconsciously hold his/her brows permanently elevated to keep the loose skin off the upper lids. In this case, correction of the excess upper eyelid skin can eliminate the need for forehead elevation, relax the forehead and reduce the forehead creases without the need for a brow lift.
In addition to visible fat pockets and the loose skin that appears with aging, the shape of the opening of the eye, the orbital fissure, can also change. The eye opening becomes shorter, the almond shape becomes rounder, and the lower eyelid seems to lose its elasticity. What has actually occurred is that the attachment of the lower eyelid has stretched out, causing these changes. Under some circumstances, an additional procedure called a canthopexy can be performed along with the blepharoplasty. A canthopexy reattaches the lower eyelid in its youthful position and corrects the changes in shape that occur with aging.
Your Eyelid Lift Appointment
California Skin Institute surgeons are highly skilled with facial plastic surgery techniques, and will develop a course of action based on your unique facial features. When you meet with one of our surgeons, he or she will consider such aspects as the shape of your eyes, the position of your eyebrows and the overall skin health around the eyes. Because this appointment is about you and your aesthetic goals, your surgeon will carefully listen to your guidance about the nuanced issues you would like to address, and will be able to provide you with a realistic assessment of potential results.
If you’d like to meet with a California Skin Institute surgeon for a personalized consultation, please call a California Skin Institute practice near you, or click the button below to schedule your appointment online!