13 Jul Why Upper Eyelid Surgery is Becoming the FIRST Facial Plastic Surgery Everyone Wants
Upper blepharoplasty, also known as an upper eyelid lift, is quickly overtaking the facelift when it comes to the first facial plastic surgery patients consider. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sudeep Roy at RefinedMD specializes in the upper eyelid lift as well as lower blepharoplasty and facelifts. If you’re thinking about facial cosmetic surgery, including an upper eyelid lift, you deserve to only trust your experience and results to a board-certified surgeon who focuses exclusively on the face. But why exactly is upper eyelid surgery starting to outrank the facelift in San Jose? Let’s take a closer look.
Ask someone what the first facial plastic surgery is (or should be) and you’ll often hear “facelift.” A facelift simply one of the most well-known of plastic surgeries and a lot of people don’t understand what it entails until they start to research. In fact, a “facelift” only addresses skin laxity and sagging from the mid-part of the face to the neck. Yes, a full facelift typically includes a neck lift! However, a facelift in and of itself does not address laxity, lines, and wrinkles around the eyes. You need a blepharoplasty for that, and that’s why a lot of potential facelift patients actually end up with an upper eyelid lift (or add an upper eyelid lift to a facelift).
Why an Upper Eyelid Lift in San Jose?
The “facelift” is a household name, but where do you actually start to show signs of aging first? It’s usually around the eyes rather than the neck or lower half of the face. People in their early twenties often spot their first lines and wrinkles around their eyes. This skin is naturally very thin, mobile, and prone to getting stretched. We rub our eyes, squint, and those who wear makeup sometimes get a little aggressive with removal. All in all, this means the skin around the eyes puts up with a lot so it will inherently show signs of aging sooner.
Add in the fact that studies have shown we don’t do a great job of applying sunscreen to the eyelids, and you have a recipe for premature aging. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then what are yours saying? Skin laxity on the upper eyelids can make you look not only older than you are but also more tired. It’s extremely rare for skin to sag at the exact same rate and same place, so droopy upper eyelids can also be very asymmetrical and off-putting. The good news is that upper eyelid lifts are a relatively quick procedure with a brief downtime.
Your Upper Eyelid Lift: Planning
An upper eyelid lift by itself will require about 1 – 2 weeks of “downtime” where you might not want to be seen in public or on Zoom. During the first week, sutures will be visible, albeit very small. The incisions for an upper eyelid lift are easily hidden in the natural eyelid crease, so many patients feel comfortable running brief errands about 5 days after their surgery (and in the summer the excuse for wearing sunglasses can help keep your discretion!).
Swelling, redness, and bruising are common in the first two weeks, but this will subside. Although it will take up to six months for “full” results to be visible, you will have a very good idea of your results about 4 – 6 weeks post-op. During this time, patients are eager to show off their new, refreshed appearance. An upper eyelid lift can help you look several years younger and better rested. This means if you book your surgery now, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning results for all your summer plans and vacations.
Choosing the Right Surgery … and Surgeon
Making sure you select the right surgery to get the results you want is just as important as finding the right surgeon. It is common for patients to benefit the most from a combination of surgeries such as an upper and lower eyelid lift as well as a facelift. Younger patients may be good candidates for a mini facelift. To start your facial plastic surgery journey, contact Dr. Roy today at RefinedMD by calling the office or completing the online form.