Opening up the face with eyelift surgery (Blepharoplasty) removes the look of fatigue, enlarges the eyes and restores the primary focal point of the face.
Why Eyes “Age” Us So Quickly
Usually the first and most dramatic signs of aging of the face are seen in the eye area. Excess skin of the upper eyelids and puffy bags of the lower eyelids create the upper eyelid “hoods” and make the eyes appear smaller. Aging skin becomes loose and begins to sag. This becomes quite noticeable around the eyes as eyelids have the thinnest skin on your body. Fatty tissue under the lower eyelid skin begins to protrude outward, causing “bags” under the eyes and consequential dark hollows. This creates a tired, aged look despite the fact that many patients are not tired and are usually younger than they appear. Sun exposure also leads to a loss of elasticity and causes even more sagging or wrinkling.
Creating a More Youthful Eye is Delicate Business
Too much skin removal during an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and you may look startled and unnatural. Dr. Sikorski implements a subtle technique which allows your eyes to maintain a natural harmonious balance with the rest of your face while looking younger, rested and more alert. “I’ve been fortunate to have had many years of arts training, which has taught me critically important fine points in facial balance subtleties and how to create them in delicate areas such as the eye. Being able to bring those skills into my surgery for the benefit of my patients leaves us both very pleased with the outcome”, says Dr. Sikorski.
Preserving a Natural Appearance
Careful surgical technique is essential in preventing a loss of natural appearance. Too much fat removal in eye lift surgery can create a hollowed look which will only increase with age. Understanding eyelid anatomy is essential in determining whether or not eyelid hooding is caused by excess skin, excess fat, or stretched muscle – or a combination of two or the three. Dr. Sikorski carefully assesses the true cause of the problem and performs only the excision of fat or skin that is required without creating an unnaturally high crease or removal of youthful volume needed to maintain proper balance.
Avoiding Unnatural Results
Potential problems can result from a Blepharoplasty which sets the crease too high and / or removes too much natural fat or muscle. This is a common issue with lesser experienced surgeons who do not consider the entire facial anatomical balance when performing an eye lift. Surgical technique to preserve a natural level of volume is integral to long term satisfaction and enjoyable appearance. Dr. Sikorski takes extraordinary care in making sure your surgical incisions are properly and aesthetically placed to create an eyelift that looks good now and for the years to come.
The upper eyelid blepharoplasty corrects both the looseness of the skin of the eyelids and the puffiness of the lids produced by projections of fatty tissues beneath the eyelid muscle. Upper eyelid surgery removes redundant, hanging eyelid skin, giving the upper lid a more youthful and energetic look. If there is unusual fat protrusion, this will be carefully and artfully trimmed without removing essential fat to maintain a proper eye cushion. The incision is carefully placed in the natural eyelid fold, is well camouflaged and once healed, will be almost imperceptible. All surgical marking is made while the patient is in an upright sitting position as it enables Dr. Sikorski to find the crease accurately.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty removes bags; and puffiness that is present in the lower eyelid area. A natural, refreshed, rested, and more youthful look is what you can expect from a properly performed blepharoplasty. The over-done, “startled” look occurs when too much is done, such as when combining a brow lift with a blepharoplasty during the same operation. Many patients with extra skin of the upper eyelids also have a component of a droopy brow. However, correcting both at the same time can give an exaggerated, funny, and startled look, and, in most cases should be avoided. If you have dual concerns with both a droopy brow and heavy lids or eye “bags”, Dr. Sikorski will help you determine which procedure should be undertaken first. In some cases a single procedure will provide enough correction that so that only a single procedure gives completely satisfactory results.
Related Cosmetic Surgery and Non-surgical Procedures
- Browlift (Forehead Lift)
- Neck Lift
- Thermage Skin Tightening for mild skin laxity
- Mixto Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
- Erbium Laser Resurfacing for full surface skin rejuvenation
- Buccal Fat Pad Removal
- Dermal Fillers
- Artefill ultra long lasting filler (permanent microspheres)
- Sculptra for volume restoration
- JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel for lip enhancement
- Restylane for wrinkles and lines
- Silikon droplets permanent fix for wrinkles and lip plumping
- Radiesse for deeper folds and nonsurgical cheek and chin augmentation
Costs of Cosmetic Surgery
At Natural Image OC, we maintain a top-level integrated, AAAHC accredited outpatient surgery center. This helps reduce the costs of cosmetic surgery because we are not tied to the additional costs of a satellite surgical center, nor do any “overtime” costs that can accrue from extra surgery time or anesthesiologist fees. In the end, this can save up to 25% over what many surgeries might cost elsewhere.
Your consultation visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. Contact us for your eyelift consultation with Dr. Sikorski.