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Blepharoplasty and Restylane Injections; Two Procedures for a Younger Looking Face

Aug 17, 2007
Blepharoplasty and Restylane injections are two procedures that can make a big impact in the overall youthfulness of your face. If you're looking for a very cost effective way to revive your look and take years off of your appearance, blepharoplasty and Restylane are smart options for low impact procedures.

Blepharoplasty and Restylane: Understanding the Procedures

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyebrow surgery, is the process of very carefully removing excess skin and fat from around the eyes to produce a dramatically more youthful appearance. No matter how much we work to stay in shape or keep our skin healthy, some of the first tell tale signs of aging begin to appear around the eyes. As we age, skin stretches and fat deposits around our eyes shift and create a saggy, tired appearance.

Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid involves removing loose folds that weigh down the lid. Blepharoplasty of the lower eyelid eliminates bags by removing excess fat from directly below the eye and re-depositing it in the surrounding areas where small fat deposits that promote a look of youthfulness have been lost.

Restylane is a product similar to collagen that is injected into the thin lines of the face to reverse the signs of aging caused by wrinkles. Once injected, Restylane produces a natural volume below fine or deep wrinkles and gives the skin's surface a smooth look. Restylane is a newer product, approved by the FDA in 2003. The benefits of Restylane injections over collagen are that the effects of Restylane last longer - up to 6 months, risk of allergic reaction is almost non-existent, and therefore does not require a skin test before using.

The most common areas treated with Restylane injections are the folds near the nose, the creases of the mouth, and the long folds perpendicular to the mouth often referred to the Marionette lines. If you're having the irritating problem of lipstick running into the fine creases around your lips, it is a Restylane injection along the lip line that solves the problem by giving the lines fullness.

Blepharoplasty and Restylane: Procedure Details

Blepharoplasty is a fairly painless surgery with a quick recovery time that is performed under light intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Directly following the blepharoplasty surgery you will experience bruising and swelling, however, most blepharoplasty patients are looking great and back to work within 10 days of the surgery.

With a blepharoplasty procedure, it's important that the surgeon not remove too much skin or "overcorrect" the eyelid. The best measure you as a patient can take to prevent such an occurrence is to ask potential plastic surgeons to see before and after pictures of his or her former patients who have undergone blepharoplasty.

The Restylane injection procedure requires only local anesthesia or a general nerve block. The Restylane injection procedure can take just a few minutes or up to a half hour depending on the number of areas to be injected and requires no recovery time.

You'll see the difference almost immediately after a Restylane procedure along with some redness that should completely fade after just a few days. Like collagen injections, the results of the Restylane injection will eventually wear off and you'll need to undergo the procedure again to achieve the same look.

If you're ready to rejuvenate your appearance but you're not ready for a full facelift, a combination of blepharoplasty and Restylane injections may just give you exactly what you're imagining. Though relatively low impact surgeries, blepharoplasty and Restylane injections can make a big difference in reversing the signs of aging and boosting your self confidence.
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