The eyes have been called the “windows to the soul.” That saying denotes the importance most people place on the eyes. Generally, when meeting a person for the first time, most people will say the eyes are what they notice first.
So, are your eyes the old, single pane variety? If your eyes are making you look old, maybe even beyond your years, it could be time for eyelid surgery with Dr. Fedele. Eyelid surgery can take a decade or more off the age of your face.
Why does the eye area age so poorly?
Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is some of the first on the face to show the signs of aging. It’s a result of the delicacy of the muscles and skin around the eyes. The skin in this area is among the thinnest on the entire human body. Because of this, sun and environmental damage shows itself all too easily. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and weakening muscles can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.
But blepharoplasty (the clinical term for eyelid surgery) with Dr. Fedele can take years, if not a decade or two, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.
Every year in cosmetic surgery statistics, blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. In 2015, for instance, eyelid surgery was the third most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., behind only breast augmentation and liposuction. There are two reasons for this: the procedure without a doubt takes years off the patient’s face, plus it does so subtly. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. In fact, in 2015 it was the number one cosmetic surgery for men. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. Each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace.
As with every procedure, Dr. Fedele treats your personal situation uniquely. You may need eyelid surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids, or just one of them. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. It is an outpatient procedure.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Fedele makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.
Another great thing about eyelid surgery is the relative ease of recovery. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!
Eyelid surgery is one of Dr. Fedele’s most effective methods for truly turning back the clock on your facial aging. Call Dr. Fedele at 216-464-1616 to schedule your consultation today.