Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, ranks as one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Dr. Richard Gangnes and Dr. Bryan Brandon of Facial Aesthetic Concepts in Orange County attribute the surgery’s popularity to its subtle yet transformative results.
Blepharoplasty can be divided into two categories: upper eyelid surgery, which tightens muscles and eliminates surplus skin and fat to raise the elevation of the upper eyelid, and lower eyelid surgery, which focuses on smoothing out the skin immediately below the eyes. In this blog, FAC’s surgeons describe the types of modifications blepharoplasty patients can expect to notice.
As is the case for so many cosmetic procedures, the main appeal of eyelid surgery is the ability to look younger. Blepharoplasty typically de-ages a patient by several years, with those results lasting for many years to follow. Many patients notice that their eyes look more like their eyes from pictures taken a decade prior.
With time, fat deposits just below the eyes begin to droop, leaving permanent bags. Although these hollows are a natural component of aging, the first thing most people think when they see these dark circles is that the person looks tired — regardless of how much they slept. Lower blepharoplasty adjusts fat and loose skin to smooth out these bags and restore a refreshed appearance.
Excess fat and skin on the upper eyelids make the lids heavier. The more the lids droop, the more difficult it is to open the eyes fully. This hooding effect gradually worsens, but upper blepharoplasty removes the extra weight so the eyes can open more completely again.
Another advantage of blepharoplasty is that friends are more likely to perceive differences in the patient’s attitude than spot concrete clues of surgical enhancement. Because squinting is associated with anger and judgment, having fuller, wider eyes more easily conveys a feeling of happiness. While patients can still convey negative emotions when they arise, not having a resting face that reads as negative changes the way other people interact with them.
Meet with the OC’s Eyelid Experts
Clearly, blepharoplasty is effective at achieving a variety of positive changes for the face, especially when the procedure is performed by skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Gangnes and Dr. Brandon. To find out more about upper or lower blepharoplasty, please call (949) 430-7535 to arrange a free consultation at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.