Youth is a pillar of facial attractiveness. And as humans age, the eyes droop, sag, and generally look unappealing. In many cases, blepharoplasty can help with that. The surgery helps with lifting the eyelids for a more refreshed appearance.
Blepharoplasty helps with battling droopy eyelids, large and sagging eye bags and even helps the eyebrows not sag. The minor change from blepharoplasty can make a huge difference in making you look more youthful.
As we age, our bodies and face age as well. Some people age gracefully and settle into their older face perfectly well. But most people don’t. By the time someone is middle-aged, their upper eyelids would have drooped significantly, losing that youthful doe-eyed appearance and appearing more tired. Eye bags will also become more prominent, and these are not just caused by a lack of sleep.
Fortunately, a simple surgery like the blepharoplasty is a great way to bring back a youthful air to anyone’s face. The surgery can restore the attractiveness of youth with only some minor adjustments.
In a youthful face, the upper eyelid is perky and rounds out the eyes. The lower eye area should be free of eye bags and sagginess. Unfortunately, these characteristics are inevitable with age.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
There are several approaches to eyelid surgery. A patient can have upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery. Those approaches vary in application. Upper lid blepharoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in men and women (Castro et al., 1999).
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
The surgeon will insert a liquid solution into the upper eyelids. Then they will make an incision and take out a minimal amount of fat from the eyelid. It’s crucial not to remove too much fat from the eye area.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is pretty similar to the upper eyelid version. But it can help best with eye bags instead of droopy eyelids. Any of the two kinds of eyelid blepharoplasty is best for people who have excess skin, tired-looking eyes, or droopy eyelids.
Does Blepharoplasty Make You Look Younger?
Yes, eyelid surgery will make you look younger. Although it seems like a simple surgery in theory and practice, eyelid surgery can do wonders for your face.
The surgery attempts to eliminate the many hallmark signs of aging, which group together in the eye area. This means getting rid of droopy eye bags. It also means that the upper eyelid has to move upward not to create a droopy eye appearance.
With blepharoplasty, you can successfully achieve these things.
Take note, though, that blepharoplasty is not the ultimate answer. Many people use blepharoplasty to make their eye area look younger, but the rest of the face still needs work. The surgery can do a lot, given that the changes done are minor. But it is no guarantee that it will make you look younger automatically.
Why Your Eye Area Deteriorates With Age
Aging is not a foreign concept to us, and many of us live in fear of wrinkles or smile lines by the time we reach a handful of decades. One of the major areas of aging is in the eye area. Aging in the eye area usually begins in the eye bags. As time goes by, those eye bags turn puffy and slowly droop. Your eyes will also look more sunken, an appearance that is partly due to the dropping of the upper eyelid.
Even though we are talking about the eye area, the maxilla has a lot to do with how the eye area ages. As time goes by, the maxilla slowly recedes, and the maxillary angle decreases. In effect, the lower eye area does not have the bone structure that it used to. This change results in saggy and old-looking skin.
Bone structure is not stagnant. Even if it is a hard structure that we understand to be firm, there are many changes that bones go through throughout a lifetime. Previously and up until today, the focus of cosmetic rejuvenation was on soft tissues. However, it’s becoming increasingly popular to work with and correct bone structure for facial rejuvenation.
There are many limitations to only working on soft tissue. For one, it does not combat bone structure directly. And in many cases, the degeneration of bone is a huge part of the aging process.
Bone resorption is the process through which the body slowly breaks down bones. This event is completely normal and is essential in maintaining proper blood calcium levels. Certain parts of the body are more prone to bone resorption than others. The midface and the maxilla is one of those areas. Take a look at this photo below.
The younger skeleton (left) had a more regular maxillary angle in the skull. However, in the older person (right), the maxilla is significantly recessed. Take a look at the pocket right beneath the eyes. As the maxilla recedes, that area loses bone support. The result? The skin has nowhere to go. Thus, resulting in sagginess, dark circles, and eye bags.
Other Ways to Look Younger
Botox is probably one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures. The main goal of the injection is to improve facial appearance and to give off a youthful glow. To do that, botox restricts muscle movement in the target area. This process will effectively eliminate smile lines or wrinkles that may have appeared on your face due to age.
Plus, even if you are in an area with limited practitioners, you can still find one who can do Botox. It’s accessible and relatively quick. Just make sure that you trust whoever does the procedure and that you already did your initial research. Look at a collection of before/after photos from your injector. If they don’t show them to you, reconsider them.
There are different dermal fillers for the face, such as for the cheeks, the chin, the jaw, and many other areas.
The goal with dermal fillers is to fill out areas of lost volume and create a more balanced appearance. Dermal fillers usually consist of a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. Of course, that’s not always the case. But HA is popular since it naturally appears in the human body and has an excellent safety and quality track record.
Dermal fillers are a quick way to look younger. However, they may cost a lot, especially when using them for quite some time. Since dermal fillers are not permanent, you will have to get regular touch-ups after they fade. However, that’s not to say that they don’t last a significant time. Fillers can last years, but they also risk moving to the other parts of the face.
Dermal fillers are not the best at holding their shape. That means that they won’t be great for creating a chiseled face. But they are good for areas that have lost some volume, like the under-eye area.