Eye Lifts in Boca Raton
Exposing the Beauty of Eyes
through Cosmetic Surgery
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: "One
of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the
eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity."
Often the look of our eyes divulges
the way we feel, our enthusiasm, and our age. The location
of the thinnest skin on our bodies, the areas around the eyes
are usually the first to succumb to time, as well as the sun
and other skin-damaging elements.
Traditional eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty,
is commonly performed by plastic surgeons to improve drooping
upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes--characteristics
that often make people look tired, unenthusiastic, and unhealthy.
In some cases, the surgery can correct vision problems.
The traditional eyelid procedure is
the second most common aesthetic surgery performed today on
men and women, according to the American Society of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgeons. While it does a good job at addressing
the problems described above, there are other cosmetic concerns,
such as crow's feet around the eyes, that are not necessarily
corrected with traditional blepharoplasty. Laser skin resurfacing
in combination with botox injections around the eyes can be
done in conjunction to blepharoplasty to give patients the
results they want.
How it's done
There are important aspects about
eyelid surgery. Being aware of them helps to ensure patients'
Some diseases, such as hypothyroidism
or Graves' disease, cause symptoms, which can include swelling
and bulging around the eyes. In many of these cases, cosmetic
surgery can make symptoms worse, and surgeons must carefully
screen patients for these health problems before doing the
procedure. People who have tearing problems generally do not
make good candidates for eyelid surgery because the eyes need
proper lubrication after surgery in order to heal. Patients
are often concerned about losing their vision as a result
of the surgery. In reality, the chance of blindness being
caused by eyelid surgery is extremely rare; nevertheless,
many surgeons use corneal protectors, placed over the eyes
during surgery, as an added precaution. Eyelid surgery, in
fact, may be performed to improve a patient's peripheral vision,
because of skin impairment, in which case it is covered by
Surgeons usually perform eyelid surgery
on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, they remove
excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and lower lids.
On the lower lid, the surgeon makes the incision beneath the
lashes, where it is hidden by the eye's natural crease, and
on the upper lid, it is made at the natural fold at the back
of the lid. Once the fat and skin are removed, the surgeon
carefully lifts and places the skin, suturing it in these
natural creases. The surgeon should leave some fat so the
eyes don't look sunken after surgery.
Incisions fade and become invisible
within a few weeks. Patients can go back to work in seven
to 10 days, and they can wear contact lenses again after about
Combination Techniques Can Enhance
While the benefits of eyelid surgery
include emerging with a more refreshed appearance and less
puffiness around the eyes, the procedure corrects only the
lid areas. It will not take away crow's feet and other wrinkles
around the eyes, unless the wrinkles are part of the skin
being removed. Eyelid surgery will not lift droopy brows,
smooth furrowed lines above the nose, or completely eliminate
dark, discolored skin (circles) beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery
will not usually change the shape of the eyes.
To accomplish these results, doctors
can combine procedures. For instance, while operating on the
lower lids, surgeons can insert cheek implants to create higher,
more contoured cheek bones. Eyelid surgery can also easily
be done in conjunction with a brow or face lift, to remove
surrounding lines and excess skin. Laser skin resurfacing
can improve fine wrinkling.
Yet another cosmetic concern plastic
surgeons frequently treat is loose lower eyelids. As patients
get older, the lower eyelids often sag, causing the white
of the eye to show more. The once youthful angled shape of
the eye becomes more rounded at the lateral corner. These
patients can be candidates for a lid tightening procedure,
or canthoplasty, which repositions and tightens the lower
lid, eliminating some of the visible areas of white. This
same procedure can change the shape of the eye, making the
lateral corner of the eye more angled, which is considered
by many to be youthful.
Options for younger patients
Patients, often in their 20s or 30s,
who inherit a tendency toward puffiness around the eyes can
benefit from a procedure called transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
Surgeons today permanently remove the fat pockets causing
the puffiness by making an internal incision (meaning they
make it through the inside of the eyelid where it is not visible)
in the lower lid. This procedure can also be ideal for patients
of all ages who have already had blepharoplasty, but they
continue to be bothered by puffiness around the eyes.
Dr. Lawerence Korpeck offers eyelid
surgery and laser resurfacing at his state of the art cosmetic
surgery center in Boca Raton, Florida.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call: 561.416.1272
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