It has been said that “the eyes are the window to your soul,” and they are definitely one of the first things that others notice about you. Your eyes also, unfortunately, are where the earliest signs of aging appear. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of the face, making it particularly susceptible to fine lines, sagging skin, and puffiness. For these issues, eyelid surgery can provide some of the most profound results of all aesthetic procedures.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to revitalize the upper lid’s look, the lower lid, or both. It is a great option for both men and women who want to look refreshed but who are not ready for a more extensive anti-aging surgical enhancement such as a facelift.
In a private eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Helen Allison will listen to your concerns and wishes. She will assess the skin tone and skin laxity in your upper and lower eyelid, as well as the positioning of the fat pad underneath your eye.
Together, a treatment plan will be developed to address the issues that you want to be corrected. This may include eyelid surgery alone or in conjunction with some type of filler or fat grafting beneath the eyes. Every eyelid surgery is a customs procedure when you work with Dr. Allison.
Age, genetics, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and sun exposure can weaken the eyes’ tissues. The result is sagging skin and puffy fat on the upper eyelids that can make you look haggard, perpetually tired, and older than your years. In severe cases, the skin may even be limiting your peripheral vision.
Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Helen Allison lifts the skin and muscles on the upper lids and removes or repositions any fatty deposits if necessary. The stitches are placed in the eyelid crease, where they won’t be noticeable once you have recovered.
Dr. Helen Allison will perform a lower blepharoplasty for patients with excess skin or fatty deposits beneath the eyes. The incisions can be placed either beneath the lash line, or he may take a transconjunctival approach with incisions made within the lower eyelid.
Many men and women develop an unsightly, bulging fat pad beneath the eyes, creating a tired, aging look with age. In other cases, the fat pad shifts position, creating a dark hollow in the tear trough area and a bumpy transition from your upper cheek to your lower eye. Dr.Allison’s goal with lower eyelid surgery is to smooth out the area beneath the lash line. This may mean removing and repositioning fat and/or trimming excess skin.