Do friends often ask if you’re tired? Are puffy, drooping eyelids making you look older and more weary than you really are? If you’ve tried eye creams, serums, and other remedies and are ready to finally get rid of the sagging and puffiness once and for all, an eye lift could be the perfect solution. This treatment offers long-lasting results and can be performed in the comfort of our offices at Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN. Patients who have undergone this type of lift enjoy a more rested, alert, and attractive appearance.
Why Eyelids Can Be Problematic
Sagging eyelids often occur as part of the aging process as gravity starts to take its toll on skin that is losing elasticity. Because the skin in the eye area is especially thin and fragile, the first signs of aging often show up in this part of the body. As the skin stretches, it may pool above and below the eyes, and the upper and lower eyelids may begin to droop. For some patients, genetics are also a factor because droopy eyelids sometimes run in the family. Eyelid sagging is a cosmetic concern, but in some cases it also interferes with a patients’ vision, making it a medical concern as well.
Can I Prevent Sagging Eyelids?
Some of the same steps that help ensure your skin stays healthy can also help prevent puffiness in your eyelids and eye area. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight, refraining from nicotine use, drinking plenty of water, and protecting your face from the sun are all important steps to take. However, because the aging process and genetics also play a role in eyelid droopiness, you may not be able to entirely prevent eyelid problems.
The Amazing Benefits of an Eye Lift
If you’re struggling with puffiness in the eye area, this type of eyelid treatment offers a number of benefits, some of which may surprise you.
Brighter, More Youthful Eyes
The puffiness that can develop in the eyelids and around the eyes can really age you. This procedure gets rid of that puffiness, taking years off your look. Lower lid lifts can also make the shape of the eye more youthful. Sometimes a heavy lower lid can make the eye appear rounder, and removing some of that weight allows the eye to return to its natural oval or oblong shape. Getting rid of bagginess around the eyes also allows light to better reach your eyes, causing them to appear brighter.
Many patients with mild to moderately drooping eyelids seek out this procedure as a cosmetic enhancement and are surprised to find that they not only look better afterward, but they can also see better. That’s because by allowing the eyelids to function more normally, the patient’s field of vision is expanded.
Although the surgery itself focuses on the eye area, patients who have undergone this treatment sometimes enjoy other cosmetic benefits as well. The brows may be less furrowed or the upper nose becomes less wrinkled. These other cosmetic issues start to clear up because you’re no longer struggling to see through drooping, baggy eyes. You may not even realize it, but if your eyelids are sagging, you may be squinting to see or raising your brows to get a clearer look at things. Once your eyelids are under control and you’re no longer struggling to see clearly, some of the lines on the face may ease.
If you’re often asked if you’re tired, or sad, your eyes could be sending signals that you’re not even aware of. The eyes play an important role in non-verbal communication. They signal frustration, weariness, shock, joy, sadness, and a host of other emotions and thoughts. If your eyes are consistently puffy and tired-looking, you may be conveying emotions you aren’t even aware of. An eye lift will allow you to present yourself more honestly and authentically.
How an Eye Lift Works
Eyelid surgery, which is referred to in medical terms as Blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper lid, the lower lid, or both. This procedure tightens up sagging, puffy, or drooping eyelids and restores them to a more natural and youthful shape. A lift also corrects the bulges and bags that can appear both above and below the eyes.
During this procedure, incisions are made in the natural fold above the eye and just beneath the lashes on the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and tissue are gently removed and the area is sutured back in place. Your bone and facial structure, as well as the shape and fullness of your eyelids, will be taken into account in deciding how much tissue to remove. Patients who have dry eyes often have a little less fat removed so that less of the eye is left exposed to air. This procedure usually involves either anesthesia or sedation and can be completed in less than 2 hours, unless it’s being combined with another treatment.
About Recovery and Results
How Soon Can I Go Home?
Because this is an outpatient treatment, you’ll be able to head home after your appointment, although it’s a good idea to have someone drive you. We usually recommend the use of cold compresses during the first several days after your treatment, which can speed recovery. Most patients opt to take about a week off of work to allow themselves to fully recover. You’ll be able to resume wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses immediately after your treatment, but most patients wait about a week before returning to contact lenses.
Will I Have Scars?
Because the incisions are made discreetly in the natural folds and creases around the eye, and because this part of the body tends to heal quickly and thoroughly, scars are not normally a concern with this treatment. Scars associated with this procedure are generally noticeable only if you keep your eyes closed for a while and someone is really looking hard for the scar.
Will It Help My Crow’s Feet?
For some patients, this type of lift can ease the lines around the eyes. This treatment will also make the eye area look more youthful. But eyelid surgery won’t completely get rid of crow’s feet, which are the lines that fan out from the outer corners of the eyes. Crow’s feet, which are the result of repeated facial motions such as squinting and laughing, are usually best treated with botulinum toxin injections like Botox. High-quality moisturizers and retinoids can also sometimes help with crow’s feet.
How Long Will My Results Last?
A lift generally offers long-lasting results, although it’s important to remember that the face will continue to go through the natural aging process, so the look of your eye area will continue to evolve. Many patients enjoy their results for as long as 10 years, and you can have this treatment repeated down the road if you wish.
Will It Alter the Shape of Almond Eyes?
This treatment will restore your eyes to the way they used to look, but it won’t alter their shape beyond what is natural for you. Some patients worry that a lift treatment will take away the natural folds around their eyes that they’ve become accustomed to. But we’re able to perform this treatment in a way that gets rid of puffiness while still maintaining the natural folds in your eye area.
Will I Have Trouble Closing My Eyes After Treatment?
This treatment does involve the removal of excess tissue and fat, but we won’t remove so much that you’ll have trouble closing your eyes. The idea behind this treatment is to restore a normal look and function to the eye area.
How Soon Can I Resume Wearing Makeup?
Patients usually refrain from wearing makeup for at least 2 weeks after treatment so that the eyes have time to completely recover.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in exploring an eye lift and learning whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment, the best way to start is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. John Tate. Dr. Tate earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at LSU’s Health Sciences Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
During your consultation, Dr. Tate will review your medical history and evaluate your eye area. He’ll also talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals and will help determine whether this treatment will achieve the results you’re hoping for. There are several signs you may be an especially good candidate for this type of lift:
You Want to Resolve Droopiness in the Eyelids and Eye Area
If your eyelids are droopy or feel overly heavy, or if you have loose, bulging skin in the eye area, this treatment may be a good option for you. This treatment is less focused on smoothing over fine lines and wrinkles and more focused on getting rid of some of the extra skin and puffiness around the eyes.
You Are in Good Health
Ideal candidates are in good overall health. During your consultation we’ll review your health history and evaluate any medical conditions you may have, such as diabetes. Patients who have certain eye diseases, such thyroid eye disease, glaucoma, or dry eye difficulties, will be carefully evaluated. Smoking slows the rate at which the body heals, so we may ask you to quit smoking before your treatment.
You Have Realistic Expectations
As with any cosmetic treatment, the best candidates are realistic about the outcome. This treatment will get rid of sagging and puffiness. It will improve your appearance and, in some cases, your ability to see. But it won’t make you look 18 again. The best patients understand the treatment and the results that are likely.
How Does This Treatment Differ From a Brow Lift?
While an eye lift focuses on puffiness specifically in the eyelids and eye area, a brow lift targets the area at and above your eyebrows. Brow lifts are commonly used to address forehead furrows, frown lines between the eyebrows, and other lines on the upper face. A brow lift can also lift up eyebrows that have begun to sag. Although a brow lift can help open up the eye area, this treatment won’t specifically address puffiness in the lids or the skin around the eyes.
Take the First Step
Are puffy eyelids and fatty bulges around your eyes making you look haggard and aged? Are you tired of struggling to see? You’ll be amazed at the benefits this easy treatment can offer you. You’ll look and feel great, and you’ll no longer strain to see clearly. Don’t wait any longer. Call Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN and schedule an eye lift consultation today.