Dr. Romo says, “Eyes are the window to our soul.” Our bodies change as we age, and our facial skin is no exception. Collagen and elastin break down, and our skin gradually loses its elasticity. As a result, excess fat can gather on the upper and lower eyelids, which can cause shadowing and make you look older. Your eyebrows may sag, your upper lids may droop, and you may develop bags under your eyes. In some cases, bulging, droopy eyelids even interfere with your vision.
While these symptoms are often associated with age, they can also be inherited, so you may develop them at a younger age.
Fortunately, there’s something you can do about these drooping eyelids and the less-than-refreshed appearance they can create.
In this blog, Dr. Thomas Romo III, founder of Romo Plastic Surgery in NYC, answers some common questions about blepharoplasty, a procedure that can help with sagging eyelids.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty – also known as an eye lift – reduces the amount of excess skin, giving you a younger appearance and correcting any vision issues caused by drooping skin. In some cases, blepharoplasty is done at the same time as other procedures, such as resurfacing.
Should you have an eye lift or a brow lift?
You might assume that the only way to fix drooping eyelids is an eye lift, but that’s not necessarily true. In some cases, elevating the brow is an effective way to open up the eye. That’s because as we age, our brow descends and creates excess skin in the upper eyelid.
A brow lift can help restore the brow’s youthful lift and arch as well as reducing the extra skin.
In contrast, blepharoplasty lowers the brow somewhat, so if your brow is already lowered, you may want to talk with your doctor about a brow lift. It’s a less complicated procedure than it used to be since only small incisions are needed, and they’re located behind the hairline.
If the wrong procedure is chosen, it can lead to unnatural-looking results, such as a permanently surprised look. Instead, the brow needs to have a natural arch and be positioned correctly in a naturally upward position for women and more of a horizontal look for men. Your surgeon should be able to determine the cause of your drooping upper eyelid and recommend the procedure or combination or procedures that will help correct it.
Are you a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
You’ll want to talk to your surgeon about whether blepharoplasty is right for you, and if so, learn about the results you can expect. This procedure can enhance your appearance with results.
How do you find the right doctor to perform your blepharoplasty?
For a surgery that alters your facial appearance, you’ll want a doctor who is world-renowned and has the highest degree of expertise. Dr. Thomas Romo III is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is among the top doctors in his field. He’s committed to achieving natural-looking results through less-invasive surgeries that result in less downtime and easier recovery periods. In addition, he has patented several innovative devices and surgical instruments and serves as the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital/Northwell Health Systems.
Dr. Romo’s practice is in NYC, but many of his patients travel from around the globe to have him perform their surgeries. If you live outside the NYC area, you can receive an initial virtual consultation through Skype, send photos, and then travel to New York City to have your surgery performed. His staff can even assist you with booking a surgery vacation that lets you recover comfortably.
To learn more about whether you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, contact Romo Plastic Surgery today.