02 Jun Turn Back the Clock with Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are the first place to show signs of aging, and for many patients, it’s the most important area to correct. Lower eyelid surgery and upper eyelid surgery from Dr. Sudeep Roy at RefinedMD can help you look years younger, happier, and healthier. These are two different procedures that are often performed in a single visit. Why are eyes the “first to go?” From wrinkles and puffiness to hollowness and simply looking tired, there are concrete reasons why eyes tend to age before the rest of us.
First, the skin around the eyes is incredibly thin, which makes it more vulnerable to the elements. Skin in this area is prone to lines, wrinkles, and laxity due in part to its thinness alone. Plus, tissue beneath the eyes organically doesn’t have as many elements to make it strong compared to other parts of the face and body. There’s not as much “soft tissue,” like muscle or fat, right below the eyes, which puts it at a greater risk of sinking in. That’s why you start to notice bags, dark circles, and hollowness below the eyes even in your twenties or teens.
The Eyes Have It
However, we can’t blame everything on uncontrollable factors. Lack of quality sleep, stress, anxiety, and a poor diet can also age the eyes. It’s much easier said than done when it comes to reducing stress or getting enough sleep every night. Even though we know these factors play a role in our skin aging, it can still be virtually impossible to correct them. That’s where eyelid surgery can come into play. It’s not unusual for eyelid surgery to be one of the first cosmetic surgeries a client requests. The procedure is relatively quick, the recovery period is surprisingly fast, and the results can be dramatic and natural-looking when you choose the right eyelid surgeon.
Dr. Roy has a portfolio of real before and after photos of patients who have opted for upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both. Upper eyelid surgery only addresses issues with the upper lid, which is usually skin laxity and lines or wrinkles. Upper eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if ptosis is present. Ptosis is the technical term for eyelid droopiness that affects vision, and this ailment can be diagnosed with a simple in-office exam. The incisions from an upper eyelid surgery are hidden in the eye’s natural eyelid crease.
Lower eyelid surgery exclusively addresses concerns in the lower eye area. This usually includes bags, hollowness, and lines or wrinkles. Some clients benefit from dermal fillers in the lower eyelid area, which can be injected during the lower eyelid surgery. The incisions from this procedure can be hidden along the lower lashline or in some cases even inside the eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery is never covered by insurance and is strictly a cosmetic procedure. With both types of eyelid surgery, most patients return to normal daily activities 7 – 10 days after surgery and all swelling and bruising is completely gone after 14 days.
Making the Most of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery doesn’t stop the aging process, but rather turns back the clock. Now you have an opportunity to take care of your results and extend them through proper care. The first thing clients should do is adopt a new, doctor-approved eye cream regimen. Moisturizers alone aren’t an anti-aging treatment. A special eye product that has been recommended for your needs should be adopted after eyelid surgery. These products should include a collagen-stimulating ingredient, peptides, retinol, and perhaps vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid (HA), which is found in most dermal fillers, can also be a great topical product and is found in many dermatologist-recommended eye creams. Dr. Roy will work with you to design an after-care program that includes recommending an eye cream to help your eyelid surgery results last.
Routine in-office treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation can help keep skin wrinkle-free, toned, and taut. A chemical peel administered by an expert can be a great boost for results a few months or years after the surgery. Finally, Botox and dermal fillers around the eyes help keep wrinkles in check. To learn more about eyelid surgery from Dr. Roy and anti-aging treatments for the eye area, call RefinedMD today at (408) 688-2082.