It’s no secret that a facelift is capable of creating incredible enhancements, but many may not know that there are other procedures that can dramatically turn back the clock as well. The most popular and sought-after amongst them is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, which specifically targets the eyes to enhance their shape, lift sagging skin, and restore an overall vibrant, alert, and youthful appearance.
Experienced facial plastic surgeon Dr. W. Marshall Guy and his acclaimed team at Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX, help patients reverse signs of aging and look years younger. Learn more about how blepharoplasty is performed and how it can refresh your eyes and improve your entire facial aesthetic.
Can Blepharoplasty Alter the Natural Shape Of Your Eyes?
Blepharoplasty is not a procedure that is intended to change the shape of your eyes. Because it involves trimming away excess eyelid skin, removing under-eye fat, and tightening the skin around the eyelids, patients may notice a change to the appearance of their eyes. However, the procedure will not change the structural shape of your eyes. Instead, patients will notice that their eyes look more open, refreshed, and youthful. During your consultation, Dr. Guy will examine your situation and mark any concerns that could lead to a change in eye shape that may need to be addressed so that he can create the best treatment plan for you.
While you will notice a change in appearance, the shape of your eyes will remain the same.
Exploring the Relationship Between Blepharoplasty and Eye Shape Changes
When researching the relationship between blepharoplasty and eye shape, it’s essential to understand the procedure and what it aims to accomplish. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets the upper and lower eyelids. As we age, fat begins to gather beneath the skin and can protrude from behind or around the eyelids. When we are younger, these “fat pads” are held in place by tight membranes, but they will begin to push forward and become more noticeable as the membranes weaken.
Additionally, the skin around our eyes is incredibly delicate, like a thin piece of paper, unlike the skin covering the rest of our body. Over time, age, stress, fatigue, sun exposure, and poor skin care causes this delicate skin to start drooping or sagging over the top of your eyes. As this skin begins to sag, your eyes look more tired and worn. They may become narrower, slanted, or even downturned due to the weight of the sagging skin and the protrusion of fat pads.
Blepharoplasty aims to restore your eye’s natural appearance, making them appear more open, awake, and vibrant. It does not, however, make any structural changes to the actual shape of your eyes. This procedure enhances your natural beauty.
Realistic Expectations: How Blepharoplasty Can Enhance Your Eye Appearance
When exploring blepharoplasty surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure. While Dr. Guy can successfully rejuvenate your eyelids by removing excess fatty tissue and lifting the skin back into a youthful position, he cannot make your eyes appear bigger than they actually are. Your eye shape is the one you were born with. It has been passed down to you from your ancestors, and it is not only special but cannot be easily altered.
During your consultation with Dr. Guy, you will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations surrounding your procedure. In turn, he can show you what to expect from your results. The entire consultation process is meant to educate you so that you can make an informed decision and feel wholly prepared for the outcome of your surgery.
What Techniques Are Used During An Eyelid Lift?
Blepharoplasty can be broken down into two different procedures: the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids.
An upper eyelid lift is relatively simple. Dr. Guy will first make an incision into the natural crease above the eyelid. From there, he will measure the excess skin with a surgical instrument and trim away the sagging skin and remove fat through the same incision. The skin will be closed using tiny sutures, and you’ll be sent home for recovery. This whole process usually takes less than an hour.
A lower eyelid surgery is a bit more extensive. Dr. Guy chooses between three different techniques: transconjunctival, subsidiary, and sub-tarsal. The transconjunctival approach is excellent for younger patients who have excess fat under their eyes. During this technique, Dr. Guy makes an incision in the pink flesh part of the eyelid and addresses the unwanted fat without leaving any visible scars. The subsidiary approach addresses both skin and fat. During this procedure, Dr. Guy makes an incision just below the eyelashes, which allows him to excise the fatty tissue and remove excess skin. The sub-tarsal approach is also used to remove fat pockets and lift sagging skin. During this procedure, Dr. Guy makes an incision that is only slightly lower than the incision location used during the subsidiary method but is still in the natural crease of the eyelid, which nicely hides any potential scarring.
Choosing the Right Eyelid Surgeon
Any aesthetic procedure should be considered with great care, but even more important than choosing whether to actually get the procedure is choosing whom to trust with your aesthetic transformation. Dr. Guy believes that external and internal beauty complement each other; when you feel good about how you look, you feel good. Clinical excellence and a practice philosophy that aligns with your personal values should be your primary considerations.
Dr. Guy is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to excellence in both clinical skills and patient care. When dealing with the delicate structures around the eyes, it’s important to find someone who is dedicated to continuing to grow their own skills for the benefit of patients. Not just anyone should be trusted with enhancing your natural beauty. Finding a facial plastic surgeon who is board-certified and well-practiced in the procedure you’re considering is paramount to achieving the results you want. You can learn more about Dr. Guy’s education and professional accomplishments and clinical excellence in his bio[CS1] .
Because of his prestigious education, his surgical skills, and a natural eye for aesthetics, Dr. Guy has become one of the most sought-after and respected facial plastic surgeons in Texas. He is as invested in your results as you are.
Find Out What Eyelid Surgery Can Do For You!
Want to achieve rested, alert, youthful eyes? Contact Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery to request your consultation with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. W. Marshall Guy today and learn more about how this rejuvenation procedure can help you love the way you look.