They say the "eyes are the windows to the soul". In fact, people tend to notice the eyes before most other facial features. Therefore, even subtle movements of the eyelids are open to interpretation in interpersonal communication.
As such, the presence of festoons, or pockets of excess fat or skin, may inadvertently result in misinterpretation. Studies have shown that sometimes people perceive unfriendliness, for instance, when upper eyelids droop and impede facial expressions.
Our cosmetic surgery New York City & Long Island specialists know exactly what adjustments need to be made to the eyes to present a fresher, younger, and friendlier version of you.
In addition to affecting how others perceive you, living with bags on either the upper or lower eyelids can also impact how you look at yourself. These bags make you look older than you are. They can make you look tired or even angry.
To remove the obstacles that stand in your way of excellent interactions with others (and positive self-esteem) you may want to consider how eyelid surgery can improve your life by reducing the appearance of festoons. We perform eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, in patients ranging from their 30’s and up.
Factors that Contribute to Festoons
The condition of puffy eyes, or dark circles under the eyes is quite common; especially in individuals over thirty. Causes are varied, but include allergies, lifestyle habits, sun exposure and weight. So common is the condition of festoons that the cosmetic industry has launched a plethora of products promising to correct the issue.
In truth, festoons are not a skin problem; they are a fat problem. As such, the best treatment available is surgical correction. Men and women are catching on to this fact, as is shown in the fact that eyelid surgery is the third most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What Goes on Below the Skin
Eyelids become puffy because the fat that lies beneath the eyelid protrudes as the delicate skin around the eyes loosens with age. Typically this small amount of fat is held in place behind the eyeball, acting as a cushion. As it slides, eyelids become puffy and loose.
We regularly treat both the upper and lower eyelids to correct this issue that ages the face. Although upper and lower eyelid lifts are separate procedures, they are often done together in patients that need both areas addressed.
How Blepharoplasty is Done by Our New York City & Long Island Doctors
When performing an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the patient is given either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia in our AAAHC accredited Long Island plastic surgery surgical center or in the hospital setting. A tiny incision is then made in an area that is hidden in the eyelid crease.
Excess skin and fatty tissue are carefully removed and refined and fine dissolvable sutures are used to close the skin. Sutures used typically dissolve in about seven days. The scar that is left in the crease of the upper eyelid typically diminishes greatly over time; to the point where it is unnoticeable.
When the lower eyelid is treated, the incision is hidden inside the eyelid so there is no perceptible scar. Excess skin and fat are removed and refined, and skin may be tightened as needed. Sutures are placed and will dissolve in approximately one week.
Free Consultation in our Long Island or NYC Blephaproplasty Offices
By restoring a more youthful shape to your eyelids, you can rejuvenate your appearance and improve your self-confidence. Contact us for more information about how this beneficial cosmetic procedure can truly change your life.
For consultations, our Long Island eye lift location is in Commack (631.499.1831) and our blepharoplasty New York City office is in Manhattan (212.206.0023).