Eyelid surgery and forehead lift are both plastic surgery procedures that rejuvenate the eye area and overall facial appearance. If you are considering enhancing your look but are unsure of which procedure is right for you, Dr. Kessler would like to help. Here, he discusses the two procedures in detail.
Imagine being in your seventies or eighties. You are in great health; you live an active lifestyle and enjoy a wonderful quality of life. You wake up one morning and stretch—you feel energized and ready to tackle your day. But when you go look in your bathroom mirror, you’re staring at a reflection of someone who looks much older than what you feel. The signs of your age—perhaps sagging skin, wrinkles and sunspots—don’t really reflect how healthy and young you feel on the inside.
The eyes allow us to see the world; they are the key to our most important sense in this digital age. From driving to working on a computer to engaging friends through eye contact in conversation, it’s true that the eyes really have it. Unfortunately, the process of aging does take away our vision gradually overtime, but that’s not all. As the skin loosens and sags, the eyes can become blocked or at least look puffy and tired, conveying the wrong message to those we meet each day. While an eyelid lift surgery may seem cosmetic in nature, there are so many more medical benefits that should not go overlooked.
People think of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) as a cosmetic surgery that creates younger looking eyes. While this is true, the reconstructive eyelid surgery is also helpful in improving the field of vision in those with excess sagging of the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery cannot return you to having 20/20 vision, but it can help you see more of the world around you.
Why Do the Eyelids Droop?
During the natural process of aging, muscles weaken and skin loses elasticity. As this process progresses, skin begins to shift downward thanks to the pull of gravity. Generally, the biggest concern with the shifting skin is wrinkles, creases, and bags, but on the upper eyelids, the shifting skin may slowly obstruct the line of sight.