23 Dec Masks Highlight Your Eyes—are Yours Sending the Right Message?
There has never been so much focus on the eyes, and that has caused a lot of people to take a closer look at the windows to their soul. Dr. Sudeep Roy at RefinedMD has seen a surge of patients requesting upper eyelid lifts, lower eyelid lifts, and a combination of both. Also known as blepharoplasty, these surprisingly minimally invasive procedures can help you look years younger, healthier, happier, and less stressed.
It’s no surprise that the skin around the eyes is one of the first places to see signs of aging. This skin is very mobile, thin, and delicate. Whenever we squint, frown, concentrate, or “smile with our eyes” (which is what everyone is used to doing these days!), we’re setting the foundation for future lines, wrinkles, folds, and skin laxity. Plus, numerous studies have shown that people in general are not great about applying sunscreen properly around the eyes. This makes sense because we typically try to protect our eyes. However, UV rays are going to damage any unprotected area of skin and unfortunately that often means around the eyes.
Increasingly, the field of plastic surgery has been paying closer attention to how muscles affect the aging process from an aesthetic perspective. For example, facelifts no longer address only the skin. The muscles below the surface also age and affect our looks and the results of surgery. The same goes for the eyes. There are a lot of little muscles in this area and they get worn out with age, use, and sometimes by trauma. In fact, the levator muscles of the upper eyelids are often a cause for ptosis. This is the technical term for droopy upper eyelids, and severe ptosis can impair our vision.
Upper blepharoplasty may be covered by your insurance if a doctor determines that you do indeed have ptosis that gets in the way of your vision. It’s the exact same procedure as an upper eyelid lift for cosmetic concerns. A lower blepharoplasty is never considered medically necessary—but it can certainly feel necessary to you! Bags under the eyes, uneven fat pockets, wrinkles, lines, and laxity can all make us look older and more tired than we are. A lower blepharoplasty instantly refreshes us and can even dramatically minimize the appearance of dark circles.
The Surgery: Improve The Look Of Eyelids
The skin around the eyes, while thin, is surprisingly resilient and heals relatively quickly. Most people are almost entirely back to their daily lives 1 – 2 weeks after blepharoplasty. Returning to exercise will vary and you’ll be given a detailed schedule prior to surgery. However, a lot of people return to sedentary work within one week of upper and/or lower blepharoplasty.
The incisions are designed to be very small, invisible or nearly invisible, and as such heal very well. After all, even the most severe cases of sagging or ptosis aren’t going to require removal of a lot of skin. Incisions made during upper blepharoplasty are hidden easily in the eye crease. Lower blepharoplasty can place incisions along the lash line or sometimes even inside the eyelid so nobody will ever see these scars no matter how closely they look.
Some swelling and bruising is common immediately after the surgery. What this really means is that it’s a great excuse to allow your eyes to really rest for a couple of days. Some people do feel confident doing things like being seen briefly in public right after blepharoplasty, but if you’d prefer to be discreet about your procedure you don’t have to hunker down for long.
Choosing Your Facial Surgeon
The eyes are the first thing we notice in others. You deserve results that are beautiful and natural-looking. Only work with a board-certified surgeon who specializes in blepharoplasty and who has performed this procedure hundreds of times. Before and after galleries are priceless, as are testimonials from third-party review sites. Find a surgeon that makes you feel confident, comfortable, and who has the necessary credentials.
Dr. Sudeep Roy is committed to providing his patients with stunning blepharoplasty results and his work speaks for itself. Ready to learn more? Contact Dr. Roy at RefinedMD by calling (408) 688-2082.