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Archive for July, 2010

A Fresh Look at Eye Lifts

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

If friends, family and coworkers have suggested you look tired, but you really feel fine, perhaps there’s more to it than just getting a few more Z’s…

It might be the effect aging can have on the upper and lower eyes.

But don’t worry– a personalized aesthetic plastic surgery consultation could be the first step toward helping you look rested and natural!

The Face Facts
The first thing we do when a patient comes to us concerned they’re looking tired is perform a facial analysis, beginning with the eyes.

We analyze the eyes at the eyebrow, examining the level of the eyebrow relative to the eyelashes; low eyebrows can tend to make an eyelid look heavy.

We also examine the upper eyelids for hooding—that is, excess skin that can weigh down the upper lid. After that, we take a look at the fullness or “bags” under the eyes.

To ensure the end result will remain balanced, natural and harmonious, we also analyze the forehead, face and neck.

Looking Back to Look Forward
As a part of facial analysis, we recommend patients bring in photos of themselves, when they were younger. This helps us understand how the position of the features may have shifted over time, to ensure the patient’s look remains natural and personalized.

Eyelid Rejuvenation Where Less Really is More
Almost all problems resulting from eyelid surgery happen when the skin is overtrimmed, or overtightened— errors that can lead to disastrous results. That frightened or startled look associated with eye lifts happens when upper eyelids have been tightened too much, and no longer close properly over the eye. Sometimes the forehead itself has been raised too high, exceeding natural placement of the eyebrows.

This odd look can also lead to some dangerous complications, such as dry eye and chronic tearing–  issues that are more than a nuisance; they can damage your cornea.

This is why we believe in taking a conservative approach with eyelid procedures. With careful pre-operative analysis and planning, we ensure the work we do is not only natural and rejuvenating, but completely safe.

Helping You Prepare for Eyelid Rejuvenation
If eyelift surgery is the chosen option for facial rejuvenation, we work with patients to:

  • Minimize any medications or products that could increase bleeding
  • Cease smoking, three weeks prior to surgery and two weeks afterward. Smoking and nicotine reduce the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin, which the skin needs to heal.

We also recommend patients take arnica, an herbal supplement that helps reduce bruising. All of these steps help reduce complications with surgery, making it as safe as possible.

A Painless Procedure?
Believe it or not, there really is minimal discomfort resulting from an eyelift. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic with sedation, so patients don’t see, feel or remember the surgery.

If you think an eyelift or other form of facial rejuvenation might be right for you, contact us for your facial analysis, and you might be on your way to a natural, more rested-looking you.