The eyes are the first thing we notice when we meet someone. Beautiful eyes can make up for other features that are less than ideal. Likewise, eyes that are tired, droopy, or swollen may not reflect a vibrant inner self. It is often said that the earliest signs of aging are around the eyes. You may feel that the eyes looking back at you in the mirror every morning are old and tired looking, or maybe people are always questioning whether or not you had a good night’s sleep because your eyes are swollen with bags. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Haroon Aziz, the medical director of Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio (OH) can give you dramatically younger eyes through “eyelid lifts”, also known as blepharoplasty.
A primary reason for droopy eyes is simply due to age. As everything droops, so do the eyebrows. As the outer parts of the eyebrows droop, the skin of the upper eyelids will look saggy, as if you had developed extra skin that was not there several years before. Trimming this “extra” skin can drastically improve that droopy look.
Another reason for “tired eyes” is because of droopy or migrating eyelid fat. This fat is held back by a thin wall of fibrous tissue called the orbital septum, which sags over time. The fat, held firmly back by this wall in youth can bulge with age, giving you “baggy” upper and lower eyelids. The procedure trims this extra fat and tightens the wall, restoring a youthful contour.
Eyelid lifts can either be done alone or together with face and neck lifts or eyebrow and forehead lifts. If done alone, the operation takes about one and a half hours for all four eyelids (both upper and both lower eyelids). Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids alone typically takes less than 45 minutes and is most often performed under local anesthesia.
For those patients with puffiness under the eye or baggy upper and lower eyelids, laser eyelid surgery can reduce and often eliminate these problems. The end results are a more alert and youthful look around the eyes.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is complete within 5 to 10 days. Sunglasses allow you to go out in public immediately after surgery, and make-up can be worn within about one week. Normal activity can be resumed the next day, and light exercise can be resumed within 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Sometimes eyelid lifts are combined with other facial procedures called eyebrow and forehead lifts to improve the height and maintain the contour of the upper eyebrow. Dr. Aziz will discuss whether you might benefit from this combined procedure during your initial consultation.
Eyelid procedures can be very effective in facial rejuvenation as a single, stand-alone procedure.
If you have been plagued with tired of puffy eyes then it is time to call our office to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Aziz. Contact us or call today (614) 840-9500.