Eye lifts are among the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons.
Last year, it was ranked number third in the top five cosmetic surgeries, coming in behind breast augmentation and rhinoplasty with over 215,000 performed. Eye lifts (also known as blepharoplasty) are so popular because they are one of the safest cosmetic procedures available and because they can do so much for the patient.
Eyes have long been considered one of the most expressive parts of the human face. They project our emotions, opinions, and state of being. However, as a person ages, the eyes may not always be an accurate representation of a person’s feelings. Aging causes the skin to lose collagen and elastin, two substances that keep the skin tight and firm. Over time, gravity and the lack of these substances cause the skin to become loose and sag.
This occurrence can be especially problematic around the eyes because the skin is very thin. It’s why you start to get wrinkles around your eyes before anywhere else on your face. You can also develop dark circles or a puffy look to the eyes. All these things combine to make you look older and more tired than you are.For some, aging can also cause drooping eyelids, which block a person’s ability to see clearly and make wearing glasses more difficult.
How an Eye Lift Can Help
Blepharoplasty is designed to improve the appearance and function of your eyes. This can be done by making adjustments to the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. The surgeon will make a determination on the best way to give you the best results during your consultation.
The procedure only takes a couple of hours and is done under general anesthesia. The surgeon will start with an incision to the eyelid. For the upper eyelid, this will be at the spot in the middle of the lid where the eye naturally creases. On the lower lid, the incision is made on the inside of the lid or on the outside of the lid right below the lash line. The surgeon can then make any necessary adjustments by tightening the eyelid muscles, repositioning fat deposits, and removing any excess skin or fat. The incisions can then be closed with sutures or adhesive tape.
Recovery from the procedure takes about a month. Patients generally experience some pain and swelling, which can be managed with prescription medication and cold compresses. The worst of the soreness usually goes away after the first week.
Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery
One of the best things about eye lift surgery is it can be performed in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures to give your entire face a rejuvenated appearance. Things like filler injections or face lifts can brighten your eyes even more to make you look and feel younger.
Here at Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer these and many other facial procedures to our patients. Dr. Todd Hobgood graduated at the top of his class from Ohio State University Medical School and is double board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. His private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, is dedicated solely to those procedures. Dr. Hobgood also has a high level of patient satisfaction by prioritizingpatients’ comfort and safety.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobgood to discuss eye lift surgery, or any of our other facial cosmetic procedure options, call us at (480) 214-9955. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. You can also reach us 24 hours a day through our Patient Contact Page. Contact us today to get started on putting your best face forward!