Do people often tell you that you look tired even if you are well rested and feel great? One of the first areas to show aging changes is the eye region. As the proportions and balance of the eye area change, it can create a perception of fatigue and aging. This perception is an illusion that can be corrected by a common plastic surgery procedure known as a blepharoplasty.
At Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, NC, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh and staff know that one major cause of a tired, somewhat lifeless appearance is a cosmetic issue with one or both of your eyelids. If you have droopy eyelids or bags underneath the eyes that are negatively impacting your appearance, it could be time to explore the eyelid lift surgery options with a facial plastic surgeon.
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical eyelid procedure performed on either the lower, upper, or both eyelids. Blepharoplasty procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are usually given a local anesthetic. Our Charlotte patients experience long-lasting and natural results after their eyelid lift surgery.
How Can Eyelid Surgery Improve the Signs of Aging?
Blepharoplasty can address the following issues that affect how people perceive your appearance:
Corrects the Droop
An upper blepharoplasty is designed to correct various issues affecting your upper eyelid, especially issues due to aging.
In one instance, excess skin or fatty tissue can cause the eyelid skin to touch or nearly touch the eyelashes. The loss or narrowing of the upper eyelid crease can create an illusion of a small or tired eye. An upper blepharoplasty can reduce excess fat or skin to re-create the sculpted and youthful contour of the upper eyelid. After an upper blepharoplasty, patients should be able to see a defined crease above the eyelashes and resolution of the droopy skin and fat. A simple change like this can have a startlingly refreshing effect on your appearance.
Reduced Appearance of Superficial Wrinkles
For most patients, the goal of undergoing blepharoplasty is to correct droopy eyelids or skin laxity issues. However, many of these same patients don’t realize that an additional benefit of blepharoplasty is that it can also address wrinkles, lines, and creases. We often see fine lines and wrinkles reduced or even erased in the lower eyelid area while creases and wrinkles on the upper eyelids are diminished.
The effect is akin to an eyelid lift surgery insomuch as it reduces the appearance of lines under the lower lid to give you a more youthful appearance. If patients have significant wrinkling of their lower eyelid skin, the addition of a chemical peel or laser to the skin may further improve these fine lines and wrinkles.
The Return of Full Vision
Sometimes, skin laxity is so severe that it can impair the vision by limiting the full range of vision. If this is the case, an upper blepharoplasty procedure will not only refresh the eye’s appearance but improve its function and vision. In this instance, an upper blepharoplasty will improve the quality of life by improving not only the aesthetics but also the function of the eye.
An upper blepharoplasty performed at our Charlotte office can improve your vision by removing the extra skin or tissue, which subtly lifts the upper lid and restores your previous line of sight. Furthermore, some of our patients have reported less discomfort in their forehead than before eyelid lift surgery because they don’t have to constantly raise their upper lids to see better.
Elimination of Undereye Bags
One benefit of lower blepharoplasty is that it addresses undereye bags, which result from the presence of excess skin or tissue under the eyes. Undereye bags are a common reason for a fatigued look, even if individuals are getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
The puffy bags underneath the eye are typically due to excess and herniated fat in this region. This is commonly associated with a loss of fat in the cheek region. The best method to improve the puffy bags is a fat repositioning lower blepharoplasty. During the surgery, the fat causing the puffiness is manipulated and moved into the cheek region to create a smooth surface and eliminate the eyelid bag. Previous techniques aggressively removed fat from the lower eyelids, resulting in a hollow appearance. This repositioning technique gives an excellent result without the risk of creating a hollow appearance.
If patients have excess skin around the lower eyelid, it can also be removed during a lower blepharoplasty procedure. For severe wrinkling of the lower lid skin, a chemical peel can be performed at the same time.
Overall Facial Rejuvenation
Blepharoplasty is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures because of its combination of high patient satisfaction, minimal downtime, and relatively low-risk procedure when performed by a highly trained facial plastic surgeon. The eyes are one of the most import facial features because they portray a lot of our nonverbal communication. For this reason, a successful blepharoplasty procedure can significantly enhance a patient’s life.
Functional Benefits that Impact Your Appearance
There are functional benefits to a blepharoplasty that can have an impact on the aesthetic results that you’re interested in. Although an upper blepharoplasty can improve your appearance, it can also improve your vision, allowing a patient to drive or ride a bike more confidently.
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Learn More about the Blepharoplasty in Charlotte
Dr. Kulbersh is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon. To learn if you would benefit from the rejuvenating effects of a blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. Kulbersh and the staff at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, NC to schedule a consultation.
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