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Tired of Looking Tired? Benefits of Blepharoplasty from Bel-Red Cosmetic Surgery Center

Are you sick and tired of looking tired and fatigued? If your eyelids are sagging as a normal sign of aging, perhaps the Eyelid Surgery Specialists in Bellevue at the Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery can help!

Actual Patient of Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery

What Causes Eyelids to Sag?

According to a UCLA 2008 study, published in Journal of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, the reason for sagging eyelids is, at least in part, excess fat. Previously, it was thought that the fat stores remained constant and bulged out forward as the eyelid ligaments weakened with aging. This “herniation” caused existing fat to be exposed, causing the skin to stretch and sag.

This was the first study to use high-resolution magnetic resolution imaging (MRI) to learn what happens to the face with aging. It was determined:

“…our study showed there is actually an increase in fat with age, and it is more likely the fat increase causes the baggy eyelids rather than a weakened ligament” (Sean Darcy, MD)

With close to 241,000 Americans undergoing eyelid surgery in 2007 (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), it is one of the top four cosmetic surgical procedures performed. Dr. Zemplenyi, the blepharoplasty specialist at the Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery can help! Conservatively remove the excess fat and skin to refresh your appearance; which eliminates the “eyes wide open” look. The surgeon takes care that the result of every blepharoplasty is natural, not overwrought. The benefits of a carefully planned and executed eyelid lift are:

1. Refreshed appearance – your eyes will look much younger, and combined with a brow lift, a blepharoplasty can return your face to pre-40s sag.

2. Well rested appearance – no more looking tired! By lifting your eyelids (upper and lower), that tired, stressed appearance is minimized.

3. Improve Vision – in severe cases of the upper eyelid sagging, the patient’s visual field will be improved with a lift. Please note this will not improve visual acuity!

Who Can Benefit From an Eyelid Lift?

Some patients as young as their twenties have requested eyelid reshaping. For example:

  • Many folks’ natural eye shape has the outside of the eye lower than the inside (closest to nose). To create a more almond shape to the eye – think Beyonce for the perfect almond shaped eye – they may choose to have a lift.
  • Some patients, often of Asian heritage wish to have their eyes opened wider; they may choose an eye lift to produce this effect.

Actual Patient of Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery

As the forties roll around, the skin on the eyelids relax and become thinner. This natural aging, from mid- to late thirties, can cause the eyes to appear crowded. As the eyes continue to descend, the outer corners of the eyes are pulled down.

With minimal risk of damage to the eye, a blepharoplasty is usually performed under “twilight sleep” (sedation) anesthesia thus avoiding general anesthesia. Commonly eyes remain bruised for about 10 days following surgery. Many patients indicate that the only discomfort occurs when the sutures are removed, and Dr. Zemplenyi uses absorbable sutures for the lower eyelids thus often avoiding even that small discomfort. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) —a small price to pay for increase in your self-image and confidence!