Summary: One of the more important aspects of a facelift is the way it makes you feel. Looking younger can make you feel younger and more energetic.

Being a motivational speaker requires me to appear energetic, alert, and engaged all of the time. This came more naturally to me as a fresh-faced youth, but it has become a little more difficult as I’ve grown older. I love my job, but unfortunately there is no hiding from the lights, cameras, or audience. Whether I like it or not, I depend on my facial movement and other physical cues to communicate with the audience.

Recently, I started to notice that my eyes look more tired and baggy. I would see photos of myself and feel like I was looking at a stranger. When did I started looking so exhausted? I know this is a common occurrence with age, so I decided to do some research on what options were out there for turning back the clock and still looking natural. My face is part of my business, and I didn’t want to change it drastically or end up looking frozen and unable to make expressions, but I did want to look less tired.

I found many sites online that boasted quick and easy products to help you look younger and more refreshed almost instantly. But it all seemed too good to be true, and product reviews confirmed those suspicions with just a little more searching. A quick fix just wasn’t going to cut it.

I found a site called RealSelf, an online forum where people discuss cosmetic procedures with other users, share real-life stories and photos, rate doctors, and ask real plastic surgeons and dermatologists candid questions. I came across a question someone had posted who thought her eyes looked hollow and tired. She was seeking doctor recommendations for treating bags and wrinkles on her lower lids. Bingo! This was the exact type of treatment I was looking for.

Dr. Michael Menachof, a facial plastic surgeon in Denver, responded her question and highlighted treatments like blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and dermal fillers to address under-eye puffiness and wrinkles. “You are right in that the eyes are usually the most important feature on the face, making us look young, rested, happy, and energetic,” he wrote. “When the eyes don’t look good, people often think we look tired, angry, or upset, even when we are feeling great!”

I visited his website to learn more information about options that might work for me. I learned that Dr. Menachof specializes in facial plastic surgery and works to recapture a more youthful appearance while bringing a balance to your existing features. This aesthetic approach aligned perfectly with the vision I had in mind for more natural-looking results!

This information helped me feel a bit more confident that I could get the results I was looking for. Although I don’t live in Colorado, I’m relieved to have the option to reach out to a surgeon like Dr. Menachof for advice or questions when the time comes to take the next step toward facial plastic surgery.