Cosmetic Eyelid and Facial Surgery
The number of cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States has been on the rise for a number of years, and cosmetic eyelid surgery remains one of the most common of these plastic surgery procedures. A broad range of surgeries and office procedures are available to address a variety of cosmetic problems and concerns. When contemplating eyelid surgery or cosmetic surgery to the mid- and upper face, an oculoplastic surgeon should be considered.
Why Oculoplastics or an ophthalmic plastic surgeon?
Oculoplastic or ophthalmic plastic surgeons complete an ophthalmology residency as well as plastic surgery fellowship training. Oculoplastic surgeons are uniquely equipped to ensure the safety of the eyes during cosmetic surgery in the eye area.
Cosmetic surgery, when contemplated carefully and approached with realistic expectations can enhance ones appearance and self-confidence, and help to restore a more youthful appearance. Some popular cosmetic procedures performed around the eyes and upper face include:
- Upper and lower lid blepharoplasty: This procedure removes wrinkled skin and bulging fat from the eyelids. It helps to restore a more youthful appearance and reduces the feeling of heaviness caused by these excess tissues.
- Brow Lift: The appearance of looking tired, contributes to excess skin in the upper eyelids. Through several small incisions behind the hairline, endoscopic equipment can be used to lift the forehead and brows to restore a smoother, less wrinkled forehead and higher eyebrow position.
- Cosmetic Botox: Prominent facial lines can be misinterpreted as anger, anxiety, fatigue or sadness and are the stigmata of the aging face. A number of factors cause these undesirable lines, including fat atrophy, solar damage, chronic gravitational changes and hyperfunctional lines. Hyperfunctional lines are the result of muscles contracting beneath the skin, and are sometimes referred to, depending on location, as crows feet, lipstick lines, forehead furrows and glabellar folds (between the eyebrows.) When attempting to eliminate these wrinkles, it is important to address the underlying physiology, which means paralyzing the muscle.
- Facial Fillers: Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse These injectable fillers are a safe and effective option for the treatment of unwanted facial lines and creases, providing a more youthful appearance. Injections are preformed in the office and the effects, depending on the product selected, last for months to over a year.