Almost a quarter million people had eyelid surgery in 2014, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, including both women and men looking for a relatively simple way to look younger and more refreshed without the need for a more major procedure. Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also called cosmetic blepharoplasty) has grown in popularity in recent years as more people have become aware of just what a profound difference the procedure can have in helping women and men with droopy upper lids, fatty or puffy lower lids, and that characteristic “hooded” or sleepy appearance that begins to develop as the tissues in and around the lids becomes lax and loose with age.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery – What Does it Do?
As we get older, our skin begins to lose its natural elasticity, volume and tone. Years of sun damage, gravity and even your own genetics can start to take their toll, causing delicate lid tissue to become loose, lax and saggy and resulting in a half-asleep or drowsy appearance. This makes you look worn out and tired no matter how rested you actually feel. At the same time, a reduction in the skin's volume leaves fatty deposits more exposed, causing bags and puffiness that are especially visible under the lower lids.
During eyelid surgery, special instruments are used to remove excess tissue and tighten and tone muscles and other tissues to restore the normal appearance of the lid so you look more alert and less drowsy. Once the surgery is complete, soothing ointments and compresses will help speed healing and relieve any discomfort that may occur. It typically takes about four weeks for swelling and bruising to disappear, revealing smoother lids and a refreshed, more alert appearance. The entire healing process can take up to four months.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery can be used to treat the upper lids, lower lids or both, depending on each patient's specific needs for customized results that are definitely noticeable, but still natural-looking. Incisions can be placed along the lash line, in the lid crease or, for some lower lid procedures, along the inner lid surface so they're not visible once the healing period is complete.
Skills and Experience: The Keys to Great Results
Because eyelid skin is so delicate, it's essential to work with a surgeon who understands the unique anatomy of the upper and lower lid areas and who has significant experience in helping patients get the individualized care they need for optimal customized results. Dr. Catherine Cuite is skilled in the most advanced cosmetic eyelid surgery techniques, which means patients can feel confident in their results throughout their treatment.
If you're looking for a way to look more “rested” and more youthful, eyelid surgery can be a great alternative to more extensive or complex procedures, providing a significant improvement in appearance without the cost or drastic change in appearance that can accompany other cosmetic surgeries. Call Michelle today at (309) 243-3875 to schedule a consultation and visit our website to learn how cosmetic eyelid surgery can help you look and feel more youthful and confident.