The joy of looking bright-eyed and younger again
“You look tired”. “What’s wrong, you look stressed.” If you’re hearing comments like these or you look in the mirror and the eyes looking back at you look older than you are, it may be time for an upper or lower eyelid lift.
For many people in their 40s and older, the first visible signs of facial aging are droopy upper eyelids and/or sags and bags under the eyes. The reasons can be sun exposure, smoking, poor diet, stress, or simply genetics. The good news is that having eyelift procedures is one of the easiest, surest and longest-lasting ways to regain your younger-looking eyes.
The measure of a beautiful eyelift procedure is an entirely natural, brighter-eyed look –– not a pulled or strange, wide-eyed stare. Dr. Smyth shares here the current thinking on how to attain the natural, younger-you, bright-eyed results you want –- results that will have friends and family wondering why you look so good, so rested, and so much happier.
What Makes For Great Surgical Results?
“Less is more when it comes to eyelift procedures. Removing too much fat or skin from the upper or lower eyelids can create a hollowed-out effect that is actually more aging than it is youthful. Also, it’s important to look at the upper and lower eyelids and the brows as a unit; all have an impact on one another and on how old or young the eye area looks. You may think you need an upper eyelid lift when in fact the heaviness you’re seeing might be better remedied by a brow lift. Or, you may think you need a lower eyelid lift when using fillers to restore volume is the better solution. These are the kinds of things we discuss at the patient’s complimentary consultation.”
What Are Non-Surgical Options for Younger-Looking Eyes?
“Botox injections are an excellent way to soften and gradually eliminate the vertical lines (aka the “11s”) that can form between the brows, horizontal expression lines on the forehead, and squint lines at the corner of the eye. Restylane is the go-to filler specially formulated to plump up and smooth the valleys that can form in the delicate area beneath the eye.”
What Else Helps Maintain More Youthful-Looking Eyes
“Invest in and wear sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s rays. Also, I tell my patients to enjoy and emphasize their eyes. A trusted makeup artist I know advises, ‘As you age, don’t stop using makeup altogether; instead, use it differently.’ I encourage my patients to visit a makeup counter or two and explore what’s new in products targeted to their age group. Experiment and show off your beautiful new eyes. Or, with your renewed confidence after an eyelid lift, you may not feel the need to wear any eye makeup at all.”
For more information about eyelift procedures or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery ––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490. And, please visit www.timelessyoumd.com for more details about eyelid lifts, fillers, other surgical and non-surgical procedures, before and after photos of actual patients of Dr. Smyth, and our weekly Blog.