How Eyelid Surgery Can Transform Your Appearance

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, the mid-face, jowls, and mouth get a lot of attention, but the eyes have just as significant an impact on other people’s perception of you. When the skin around your eyes shows signs of aging, it can greatly detract from your overall appearance and make you look older than your age.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a specialized procedure that can drastically improve the appearance of the eyes for an instant refresh. 

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What Is Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes are some of the face’s most sensitive, expressive parts. The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face, showing damage and aging concerns much more quickly. 

As we age, or due to outside influences such as genetics, the skin around the eyes can become wrinkled, puffy, and sag. This can be difficult to accept as permanent. Many people just assume they didn’t get enough sleep the night before or that a topical eye cream can do the trick to fix the issue. But it’s often not that simple. 

As the muscles around the eyelids loosen, the skin can sag, causing the upper eyelids to look hooded and creased. Additionally, the puffiness of the under eyes is most likely not due to lack of sleep: that puffiness is small pockets of fat that can only be remedied through surgery. 

That’s where blepharoplasty comes in. Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. The benefits of this procedure include: 

  • The removal of loose skin and fat around the eyelids
  • A reduction of wrinkles around the eyes
  • A reduction of puffiness or pockets of fat under the eyes

It can be frustrating to constantly look tired, angry, or bored when you have sagging skin above the eyes and puffy bags underneath. With blepharoplasty, the eyes become widened and more bright and alert, and you can once again look rejuvenated, rested, and youthful. 

Because the eyes are so expressive and communicate so much with others, eyelid surgery can significantly increase your overall appearance and make you look (and feel) younger and more confident.

What Are My Eyelid Surgery Options?

The specific treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. Blepharoplasty is a very flexible procedure that can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or you may desire to enhance both eyelids. 

This all depends on your specific needs and goals for the procedure. Some patients suffer from muscle laxity on the upper eyelids, so they have drooping skin that impedes vision and makes them appear angry or tired. Others have excess pockets of fat underneath the lower lids, leading to sagging eye bags. This inflammation is presumed to be caused by lack of sleep, but no amount of sleep can change the problem. These patients may benefit from lower blepharoplasty. 

In some cases, blepharoplasty can remedy severe wrinkling around the sides of the eyes or crow’s feet. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine the best course of action for your needs. 

How to Combine Procedures with Blepharoplasty

Plastic surgery and aesthetics as a whole yield ideal results when patients and surgeons look at facial harmony as an overall goal. This means that rather than focusing on one specific area of concern or one body part, the surgeon enhances multiple areas at once to reach balance–and, with it, a more natural-looking result. 

Blepharoplasty patients often benefit from combining their procedure with another related facial rejuvenation procedure. 

Facelift Surgery

If you suffer from signs of aging around the mid-face, such as nasolabial creasing, sagging skin around the jawline and chin, and overall skin laxity in addition to aging eyes, combining a facelift with your eyelid surgery is the best way to accomplish a more cohesive look. 

A facelift addresses the core signs of facial aging by lifting the underlying structures and repositioning the skin for a more appealing contour. Wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin are eliminated as excess skin is removed, revealing a more sculpted, youthful appearance. 

Facelift surgery pairs beautifully with eyelid surgery because both procedures work to lift the tissues while removing excess skin that is causing wrinkles and sagging. 

Cheek Lift Surgery

Volume loss is often the number one culprit of facial aging, and the cheeks (mid-face region) are usually the first to show signs of this. As we lose volume in this area, the face can appear hollow, worn, and begin to droop.

 A cheek lift restores crucial definition to the midface, increasing facial balance to the lower face. This procedure also targets nasolabial creases by tightening the underlying tissues for a more sculpted appearance. Lastly, a cheek lift can work in tandem with blepharoplasty to enhance the lower eyes, revitalizing the under-eye area by repositioning soft tissues to eliminate dark circles and give you a truly refreshed appearance. 

Interested in Eyelid Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA?

World-renowned facial surgery expert Dr. Jason B. Diamond is the best in the business. A true master of facial harmony, Dr. Diamond can help you realize the facial rejuvenation plan of your dreams. Whether you want to open and brighten the eyes with blepharoplasty alone or take advantage of the transformational power of combining procedures, Dr. Diamond is here to help. 
Call the Diamond Facial Institute today at (310) 859-9816 to get started and schedule a consultation.