More than any other facial feature, the eyes have a tremendous impact on your overall appearance. Unfortunately, your eyes are often the first place to show signs of aging. This is because the skin around your eyes is half as thin as on the rest of your face. It also has fewer oil glands, weaker internal support, and gets more exercise than even your mouth. This, combined with hereditary factors, sun damage, stress and fatigue, explain why the eyelids are often the first to show signs of aging, and why so many people, young and old, men and women, can benefit from eyelid surgery. It can really make a big difference in the way you look. Eye lid lift surgery can remove bags, pouches and excess skin from under and over the eyes.
It can sometimes help those whose vision has been impaired by sagging skin or fat. Frequently, it is accompanied by a forehead or eyebrow lift—two terrific procedures that can often lessen forehead wrinkles and creases, and raise drooping, sagging eyebrows.
During upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Tarshis makes incisions along your natural skin lines and creases, and then separates the skin from underlying muscle and fatty tissue. Once separated, the excess skin (which causes the wrinkles) and fat (which causes the heaviness) is removed and/or sculpted by Dr. Tarshis and the incisions are closed.
During surgery of the lower lids, the incision is often made inside the rim of the eyelid. The fat pads causing the "bags" are removed or repositioned. No visible incision is made and no stitches are required.
Wrinkles and crow's feet around the eyes can also be resurfaced with the laser during the same procedure to produce an even more youthful-looking result. If the muscles of the lower lids need to be tightened, a small, virtually invisible incision is made under the lower eyelashes. Usually this incision does not require stitches and is sealed with a special surgical glue.
After surgery, you may experience some minor soreness and discomfort. If you feel pain, it usually can be controlled by mild medication. Swelling and bruising can be reduced by applying cold compresses to your eyes at regular intervals for the first couple of days. You may also need to rinse your eyes periodically with an eyewash, and use lubricating eyedrops for a few days.
Typically, most patients are up and around a day after surgery, though one should take it easy. If sutures are used, they usually come out in less than a week, and the bruising and swelling usually subside gradually within 10 to 14 days. Sometimes, patients may experience excessive tearing or sensitivity to bright light for a brief period after surgery, but this should not last long. Scars will fade and become barely noticable within a few months. They are ordinarily hidden in the creases of the skin.
Once healed, you will look refreshed and alert. Most of your friends and associates will not know you have had cosmetic eyelid surgery unless you tell them, though many will probably remark on your improved appearance.
They will often ask if you've been away on vacation. They will remark on how fit and rested you look. Many patients look considerably younger and healthier as well. And when you look in the mirror and see a brighter, happier, younger-looking face looking back, you may feel younger too. You will be amazed at how a little improvement in your eyes can have such a dramatic impact on both your physical appearance and your mental attitude.
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