What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Age?

The eyes have it. While this is a take on the usual “ayes have it” from parliamentary procedure in Ottawa, it is really true — the eyes do have it. When asked, most people say the eyes are the first thing they notice when looking at another person, particularly for the first time.

This is great, until you remember that the skin around our eyes and on our eyelids is among the thinnest on the entire human body. Plus, especially in a place like Calgary where we are outside so much, the skin around our eyes is always taking a beating from the elements. The combination of fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave you with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin on your eyelids and around the eyes. This makes you look older.

But blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with Dr. Perron can take a decade off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.

Every year in Canadian cosmetic surgery statistics, blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries because its results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery — they’ll only feel that you look younger, more alert, and refreshed.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

There aren’t many cosmetic procedures that are equally popular with both women and men, but eyelid surgery is one of them. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to keep up with younger counterparts at the office.

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal situation. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Perron makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative can place the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.

Recovery

Another great thing about blepharoplasty with Dr. Perron is that the recovery is not difficult. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!

Eyelid surgery is one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgeries. Want to turn the clock back on your eyes? Call Dr. Perron at (403) 228-7076 to schedule a consultation.

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