Summary: You can tell a lot about someone by their face. Or, at least, that’s what we like to think. Unfortunately, that also means that sometimes our face can send somewhat inaccurate signals. This is especially true as we age. One of the primary ways this happens is through our skin. As we age, our skin loses some of its youthful look and we can end up with heavy lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye. Since the eye itself communicates so much, eyelid lifts are particularly popular procedures. An eyelid lift for a younger face is what many people are aiming for.
Losing Elasticity In Your Skin
As we age, our skin loses its ability to bounce back. When we’re young, it’s not a big deal. The skin stretches out and snaps back into place. No harm, no foul. But as we age, the skin ages too—and like some kind of rubber cement left out in the air, it essentially dries out. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but you get the idea, and that’s really all I’m going for. It’s a process that takes ages (no pun intended). And it’s also a process that can be accelerated by exposure to the sun or smoking and so on and so forth.
The downside of this, besides the fact that you can get more wrinkles and things of that nature, is that your skin succumbs to gravity. Every day you’re alive (and hopefully there are many of those), gravity is pulling on your skin. When you’re young, it’s no big deal—your skin bounces back. But as you age and your skin loses that ability, your skin, essentially, expands. You get too much skin for your body. This is one of the primary causes of wrinkles, and it can be exacerbated by events such as a massive weight loss. Essentially, your skin creates folds because there’s an excess.
Ways to Look More Youthful
Sometimes, this is treated by using a dermal filler. Dermal fillers introduce added volume to the skin in order to achieve the illusion of more youthful looking skin. (The illusion of youth depends on a certain skin to volume ration, so as you age and your skin size increases, the volume beneath the skin must also increase to maintain that ratio). But dermal fillers can’t solve all those problems. Chief among them is when this excess skin begins to form around your eyes. This excess tissue can make you look far older than you feel.
Indeed, excess tissue around the eyes can have several negative consequences. It can make you look older (mentioned above) but it can also make you look angry or sad, depending on the shape of your brow. It might be okay if people misunderstand your emotional state once in a while, but I would imagine if it’s happening all the time, that would begin to get quite irritating. And, finally, this excess tissue around the eye can begin to obstruct your vision. Your eyelids can literally begin to droop over your eye, blocking light and your vision.
An Eyelid Lift for a Younger Face
In the last case, especially, removing this tissue goes far beyond an act of simple vanity: it’s a necessity. The removal of eyelid tissue is done through a procedure called blepharoplasty—sometimes more colloquially known as an eyelid lift. The procedure can generally be accomplished on an outpatient basis. Sometimes doctors will use a laser system while others will use a scalpel: much depends on the expertise of the plastic surgeon and the desired results of the patient. The more excess tissue you need to get rid of, the more your options may be limited. In either case, blepharoplasty is usually considered to be a relatively minor procedure, and you should return home the next day.
Of course, there will be some redness and possibly some bruising or swelling, depending on the type of blepharoplasty you have performed. Your doctor will be able to give you specifics in terms of what you can expect post-surgery. However, most patients who do go through a blepharoplasty procedure report great results afterward. According to the website of the Ridgewood facial plastic surgery experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, blepharoplasty has an incredibly high satisfaction rate.
Send the Right Messages
After the procedure, it’s likely that you will look younger, more awake and even happier and more energized. Not only that, but it’s likely you’ll look a little more youthful as well. If your eyelids were obstructing your vision before, that little problem will also likely be taken care of. The eyes, after all, are quite central to the face. They’re almost like the locus of our identity. Our eyes say a lot about who we are (that’s why they’re the so-called “windows to the soul”). And so, naturally, we like to have control over the messages we’re sending, even as we age, even as our skin loses elasticity.
So if you’re trying to send a more youthful, more alert message to everyone you meet and your eyelids aren’t necessarily cooperating, consider an eyelid lift (again, also known as blepharoplasty) procedure today. Your plastic surgeon will be able to tell you whether this procedure is a good fit for your desired outcome, and how you can get started.