The skin around the eyes is delicate and one of the first areas to show signs of aging. You may feel like your eyes are aging you or making you look tired and fortunately there are surgical and non-surgical options for eyelid rejuvenation. For those who are experiencing sagging skin, hooded eyelids, or under eye bags, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a sure way to rejuvenate and correct these issues.
Blepharoplasty, also known as an Eyelid Lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin or fat around the eyes. This can be done to the upper eyelids or lower eyelids. Each procedure takes about an hour and upper eyelids are easily addressed in the office under a local anesthesia, where lower eyelids can be a little more intrusive and need to be done under a light general anesthesia. Both procedures can make a big difference in the appearance of facial aging, and is a good place to start when addressing these signs.
What is Upper Blepharoplasty?
The upper eyelid skin is thin and over time is becomes loose, heavy, and hooded. For women, makeup and eyeshadow will start to crease. The skin will start to rest on the eyelashes and many start to raise their eyes and forehead to see better. An eyelid lift is a procedure that can be done in office and the excess skin of the upper eyelids is removed and sutured. The incision is made in the crease of they eyelid to help conceal the inconspicuous scar. Some individuals have bulging fat toward the inner portion of the eyelid, and that is removed as well to create a softer contour. Eyelid rejuvenation is a great option for anyone at any age, and luckily these procedures are minimally invasive.
What is Lower Blepharoplasty?
Sagging skin is not as prevalent under the eyes as it is on top. The lower eyelids show signs of aging such as bags, hollowing, or creping of the skin. Lower eyelid surgery can be done several ways. A standard lower blepharoplasty is where the fat bags are removed from the lower lids. Eyelid bags can often make people look aged and tired. Lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning is where the fat under the eyes is shifted and also placed in the hollowing below the bags. The fat acts like a filler and creates a smoother, even contour to the skin. This method can also help with masking dark circles.
If eyelid bags are not an issue, but creping skin is… a skin pinch can be done to tighten the skin in this area. An incision is made to the lower lids right below the eyelash line and a wedge of skin is removed. The stiches are fine and dissolve on their own. It is important to visit a face specialist when having eyelid procedures done to make sure that the right amount of skin is taken and there is not an issue of eyelid retraction. Utah Facial Plastics double board-certified surgeons are experienced in this surgery and provide great results. Seeking out a specialized plastic surgeon is worth the wait.
Can You Have An Eyelid Lift Without Surgery?
When it comes to heavier, loose skin or bags, surgery is the best option for improvement. If eyelid aging concerns include fine lines, hollowing, or crepey skin of the upper or lower eyelids, you could be a candidate for less invasive treatments. Laser resurfacing such as Scition’s Halo is a great option for crepey skin and fine lines around the eyes. This hybrid laser skin resurfacing treatment addresses the skin’s texture as well as stimulating collagen under the surface. This treatment helps to make the skin smoother and tighter around the eyes. Restylane filler is a popular option to treat hollowing of the lower eyelid area also known as tear trough rejuvenation. UFP Aesthetics nurse injectors also use Botox to treat crows feet around the eyes as well as using a minimal amount near the eyebrow to give a subtle brow lift.
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Eyelid rejuvenation treatments are often often done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a Brow Lift, Face Lift, or Dermal Fillers. Our providers at Utah Facial Plastics and UFP Aesthetics are here to consult with you and determine the best eyelid rejuvenation treatment for you. To learn more about our facial rejuvenation services and blepharoplasty surgery in Salt Lake City, UT and surrounding areas visit www.utahfacialplastics.com or call 801-776-2220 to schedule a consultation.