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Wow! Those Eyes! -- Considering Eyelid Surgery

Aug 18, 2007
Eyelid surgery can enhance appearance and boost self-confidence by correcting features that make a person look old and tired (such as drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes) - but one must be realistic about expected results. It won't remove wrinkles or dark circles or lift sagging brows, nor will it erase evidence of ethnic or racial heritage.

Have you ever heard the song lyrics "Jeepers Creepers (where'd a get those peepers)"? Greats like Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra imortalized that tune, singing about how eyes can hypnotize and compel. One of the lines asks, "Where'd ya get those eyes?" and as time marches on our and our eyes begin to look tired and wrinkled, most of us wonder where did we get these eyes?!

As we age the eyelid skin stretches, the muscles around the eyes weaken, and fat accumulates, as well. The fatty deposits are commonly known as "bags" - and by the time we're in our thirties or forties we begin to notice the changes time and gracity are making to our faces. By our fifties and sixties we're painfully aware of the toll time has taken on our "peepers".

That's when thoughts of a "face lift" begin to enter our minds - but repairing sagging skin in the face and neck at the same time as the eyes is sometimes out of financial reach or the surgery is too intimidating to consider. If that's the case, you'll be happily surprised at how refreshed your entire face can appear just from doing your eyelids only!

The eyes are an acknowledged focal point on our face and are an indicator to others about how we feel. Looking at our eyes, people might think we're sad or tired when we're actually happy and feeling just fine. It's sagging, excess skin that gives our eyes a sleepy and downcast look - and sometimes the excess skin on our upper eyelids can even affect our vision. Under our eyes, fatty deposits and extra skin create unattractive, puffy bags.

For these and other reasons, many people elect to have eyelid lifts. A highly qualified and well-trained surgeon should perform the procedure, since it involves a very limited and sensitive area and the surgery is extremely delicate. A patient will want to know that someone who's qualified and certified, with a proven record of success, is making sound medical judgments about how much skin and fat to remove.

In the procedure, small incisions are usually placed in the natural creases of your eyelids. For instance, the upper lid incision will be in the crease of your upper lid and might extend into the "crow's feet" area at the outer corner of your eyes, while the lower lid incisions are normally placed just below the lash line. The surgery can be done under local, I.V. sedation or under general anesthesia, and in any case you will need someone to drive you home after this procedure. It is normal to experience some temporary blurring of your vision. Swelling is common and temporary. Swelling can cause difficulty in closing the eyelids all the way but that normally resolves as the swelling subsides.

As with any cosmetic surgical procedure there are risks involved. That's why it's vital that the person you're entrusting to protect your vision while enhancing your appearance be highly qualified and board certified, so that risks are minimized. Once you decide eyelid surgery is right for you, a qualified, reputable surgeon will thoroughly discuss your concerns and talk with you about what is realistically achievable for you. The more you share in a consultation with the surgeon the happier you'll be with your result.

Note: The specific risks and the suitability of eyelid surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with a physician. All procedures have some degree of risk. The information provided here is not a substitute for a consultation.
About the Author
Do thorough research on cosmetic procedures before having any plastic surgery done. Getting the facts is easy. Just go to http://www.ljcsc.com, La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, and get information on a La Jolla facelift.
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