It has been said that “the eyes are the window to your soul,” and they are definitely one of the first things that others notice about you. Your eyes also, unfortunately, are where the earliest signs of aging appear. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of the face, making it particularly susceptible to fine lines, sagging skin and puffiness. For these issues, eyelid surgery can provide some of the most profound results of all aesthetic procedures.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to revitalize the look of the upper lid, the lower lid or both. It is a great option for both men and women who want to look refreshed, but who are not ready for a more extensive anti-aging surgical enhancement such as a facelift.
In a private eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your concerns and wishes. He will assess the skin tone and skin laxity in your upper and lower eyelid as well as the positioning of the fat pad underneath your eye.
Together, a treatment plan will be developed to address the issues that you want corrected. This may include eyelid surgery alone, or in conjunction with some type of filler or fat grafting beneath the eyes. Every eyelid surgery is a custom procedure when you work with Dr. Whitfield.
Age, genetics and lifestyle choices such as smoking and sun exposure can weaken the tissues around the eyes. The result is sagging skin and puffy fat on the upper eyelids that can make you look haggard, perpetually tired and older than your years. In severe cases, the skin may even be limiting your peripheral vision.
An upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Whitfield lifts the skin and muscles on the upper lids and removes or repositions any fatty deposits if necessary. The stitches are placed in the crease of the eyelid where they won’t be noticeable once you have recovered.
For patients with excess skin or fatty deposits beneath the eyes, Dr. Whitfield will perform a lower blepharoplasty. The incisions can be placed either beneath the lash line or he may take a transconjunctival approach with incisions made within the lower eyelid.
With age, many men and women develop an unsightly, bulging fat pad beneath the eyes, creating a tired, aging look. In other cases, the fat pad shifts position, creating a dark hollow in the tear trough area and a bumpy transition from your upper cheek to your lower eye. Dr. Whitfield’s goal with lower eyelid surgery is to smooth out the area beneath the lash line. This may mean removing and repositioning fat and/or trimming excess skin.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. He has an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and an artist’s eye for proportion. He looks to the big picture: how your eyes relate to your face as a whole, as well as the underlying causes of the aging around your eyes.
AccuTite treatments are becoming the “gold standard” in scarless lower eyelid rejuvenation. If you are tired of seeing fatty deposits and sagging skin below your eyes that leave you looking older, sad, or continually exhausted, you may be a candidate for AccuTite. A groundbreaking development in aesthetics, AccuTite delivers focused, precision, RF energy to tighten skin, while removing excess fat.
If you are living with unsightly pads of fat beneath your eyes, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive treatments with AccuTite – imagine looking years younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated, without the long recovery time of traditional lower eyelid surgery? The results that can be achieved are scarless, long-lasting, and very natural in appearance.
For patients who only need upper eyelid surgery but still have some persistent shadows in the tear trough area, Dr. Whitfield may inject dermal fillers or utilize fat transfer to fill in the hollow beneath the eyes, the underlying cause of dark circles. All of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
n general, most patients recover quite quickly from eyelid surgery. You will be bruised and swollen for the first week, and if you have sutures, they will need will be removed in seven to ten days. Patients should be back to their daily activities within three to seven days, looking younger, healthier, and brighter – never overdone. Expect compliments.
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