In the 1970s, cosmetic double eyelid surgery were primarily performed by cutting away the fat and skin from the eyelids. The skin was then reconnected to give the eyes a firmer appearance. Over time, however, patients’ eyes started to look hollow. In recent years, eyelid cosmetic surgery techniques have shifted toward preserving the eyelid’s precious fat and redistributing it. This technique preserves the fat, and then redistributes it to the entire eyelid area. It gives the appearance of a youthful, plump look that lasts longer.
Benefits of New Eyelid Surgery
A smooth, perfect, convex junction exists between the lower cheek and eyelid in a youthful face. The key to rejuvenating your eye area is recreating the smooth, convex “lid cheek junction”. With age comes a change in the junction of cheek and lid. In your fourth decade you will notice that the lower lip fat bags start protruding. A valley is created below the bulge, thus the name “tear-trough.” It creates an aged reflection in the skin. This hollowing is most common in the tear-trough area, below the bags under the lower lids. Dr. Gilbert Lee of Changes Plastic Surgery San Diego CA says: If you plump that area with fillers or fat injections, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Juvederm, then it will be easier to achieve an even transition from the lower eyelid to the cheek. You can use lasers to remove wrinkles or lines that are around your eye. In effect, the laser treatments shrink the skin surrounding the eye, thus smoothing the lines. In cases where the irregularities in contour are severe, an eyelid (blepharoplasty), is required to redistribute fat and fill the tear-trough. It is also necessary to tighten the muscle layers and skin of both eyelids.
The top lid may be sagging, slowly covering the eye and making it harder to apply makeup. It could be caused by excess skin or fat on the upper lid. However, it may also be due to a weakened Levator Muscle. This muscle is located within your eyelid. It opens the eye. When it contracts, this muscle pulls down your eyelid to form a supratarsal fold (the skin fold that is above your upper eyelashes). Levator muscles can weaken with age, causing sagging eyelids. A small incision can be made on the upper eyelid’s natural crease to remove excess skin and muscle, and repair the levator muscles if needed.
The Most Important Factors for Successful Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Lee was named San Diego’s number one plastic surgeon both in 2007 and 2008 and says the plastic surgery of eyelids now looks more natural. Also, Dr. Lee uses oral and local anesthesia for his eyelid surgeries. Dr. Lee says, “This is a first.” Local anesthesia helps patients save money on plastic surgery and is easier for their bodies than general. Many patients comment on how their local anesthesia eyelid surgery went smoothly.