5 signs your eyes are making you look older than you are.
Your eyelids age right along with the rest of your face. For some people, their eyelids can age even faster than their face, jowls or neck. Here are 5 signs that your eyelids are making you look older than your age and that an eyelid lift might be right for you.
1. People keep saying “you look tired” or asking you “what’s wrong?
2. You’re having a difficult time applying makeup, finding that eyeshadow and eyeliner tends to collect in upper lid creases and folds.
3. Your lower lids have bags or are constantly puffy.
4. The skin on your lids is no longer smooth but, instead, has a crepe-like texture.
5. When gently pulling on your upper eyelid skin, it does not immediately return to its original position. You feel that you almost have to “pat it” back into place.
What is the right age to consider having an eyelid lift?
Most people don’t need an eyelid lift until age 50 or older. However, some people as young as their later 30s may consider having an eyelid due to having heavy upper eyelids or baggy lower lids that tend to run in their family.
What does an eyelid lift procedure entail?
According to Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, facial cosmetic surgeon and facial rejuvenation specialist in Cincinnati OH with 30+ years of experience in just the face and neck area, “the eyelid lift procedure is performed with my patients having strictly local anesthesia along with a slight amount of relaxation medication. The patient is kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. I carefully place the skinny incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and immediately beneath the lash line of the lower eyelid so that as they heal they quickly become unnoticeable.
What is the recovery period?
You may have a slight bit of swelling and/or bruising in the eyelid area post-procedure. You will be asked to stop taking aspirin or aspirin-related products for two weeks pre-procedure to help reduce the chance of bruising. Any bruising or swelling that does occur will wane and disappear rapidly. The skinny incision line will be a pinkish color. This too will fade quickly. The tiny stitches dissolve on their own which means there’s no need for suture removal. Most patients go back to work and resume non-strenuous activities within 3 to 4 days post-procedure. You will want to avoid any strenuous sports or activities for 10 days post-procedure.
How long will results last?
Results can last 10 to 20 years or longer, depending on your lifestyle and general health. You will want to protect your face and eye area from the sun, using a sunscreen intended for the eye area and wearing high-quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat or visor when in direct sunlight.
What questions should you ask of your facial cosmetic surgeon?
Be sure to discuss with your surgeon the “art” of eyelid lifts and the differences between a woman’s eyelift and a man’s eyelift in order to achieve the entirely natural results desired.
For more information about eyelid lifts, today’s remarkable minimally invasive facelift and neck lift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as brow lifts, laser skin rejuvenation and dermal fillers… or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert J. Smyth Facial Cosmetic Center––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.