Refreshing Tired Eyes with Eyelid Lift

Quite often, the eyes are the first thing you notice about someone and the last thing you forget. When you engage in conversation, you look to their eyes for cues and clues into their personality. Unfortunately, time and genetics can be unkind to aging eyelids, causing the upper eyelids to droop and bags to form below the eyes. Blepharoplasty, known more commonly as eyelid lift, is a great way to erase signs of aging around the eyes. Below, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso explain why an eyelid lift may be the right cosmetic surgery option for you. 

Are You a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift?

Before consulting a plastic surgeon, ask yourself if one or more of these conditions applies to you:

  • Vision is impaired by loose, sagging skin from the upper eyelid.
  • Excess upper eyelid skin has noticeably changed the shape and folds of the lids.
  • Lower lids appear chronically puffy.
  • Lower lids droop and/or there are dark circles and bags under the eyes.

What Is Involved with Eyelid Lift?

Operations involving the upper eyelids or bags under the eyes are outpatient procedures performed with local anesthesia. For the upper lids, your doctor will excise the unwanted skin and tighten the remaining skin. Scars can be easily hidden in your eyelids’ natural folds. Under-eye bags require a different approach, moving and rearranging the fat deposits below the eye. This can be done without a noticeable incision, by entering from the area between the eye and lid. Your doctor will be able to help you determine which procedures will help you look and feel your best.

Recovery Time

Recovery is usually quick after eyelid lift procedures. Swelling on the upper lids tends to subside within three to five days, and most patients are able to apply makeup again within a week. The lower lids can take a little longer to heal, but eye drops, sunglasses and cold compresses can all help to speed up the process. Your doctor will help you design the recovery plan that works best for you.

Eyelid lift is a fantastic way to refresh tired and droopy eyes. To see if eyelid lift surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso by contacting Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.

Understanding How the Eyes Age (And What We Can Do About It)

Aging takes its toll on the body, and the eyes are no exception. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile, causing our upper eyelid skin to sag, our brows to descend and the bones around the eyes to become more prominent. Surgery has traditionally been a route for many patients seeking to rejuvenate their eyes, but there are several non-surgical solutions as well. Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso would like to give you a primer on the options.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can correct many of the most common problems associated with aging eyes. Following are some excellent reasons to inquire about whether eyelid surgery is the correct solution for you:

  • Your upper eyelids have flaps of excess loose skin
  • You feel like upper eyelid sagging is impairing your vision
  • You have excessively puffy upper or lower eyelids
  • You have extensive wrinkling of your lower eyelids
  • You have dark circles under your eyes not related to sleep deprivation
  • You notice your eyelids are drooping to the point where you can see white below the iris of your eyes

Botox

Botox, comprised of a protein derived from the Botulinum toxin, is a commonly used injectable product that can temporarily counteract the effects of aging by relaxing the muscles in a specific area to smooth the overlying wrinkles.

Chemical Peel or Laser Resurfacing

Crow’s feet (wrinkles at the corners of the eyes) can be addressed with a laser resurfacing treatment. Dark circles beneath the eyes created by dark pigmentation may respond well to a chemical peel or bleaching solution.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a form of sugar that is a natural component of healthy and hydrated skin, and it supports two vital cell elements: collagen and elastin. HA has been medically approved for use since 2005. It is a component in several branded injectable products, including Juvederm, Restylane and HA products are particularly well suited for treating wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet).

HA treatments are generally safe and long-lasting. HA injections to the brow can improve the appearance of the upper eyelid, smoothing the skin to minimize wrinkles.

Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso look forward to speaking with you about restoring a youthful appearance to your eyes. Please call us at (650) 964-6600 to schedule an appointment.

Can Plastic Surgery Help Your Career?

A number of studies have shown that the more attractive a person is, the more likely they will be given opportunities for career advancement. Therefore, it is no wonder that people — especially those in the age range of 50 and over — have turned to plastic surgery to give them a more youthful, alert and confident appearance. But can having plastic surgery really help a person’s career? Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center helps to answer that question in this post.

Matching a Youthful, Competitive Environment

With more men and women in their 50s and 60s looking for work in a difficult job market, many of them are cognizant of having to compete with much younger applicants for jobs or promotions. Although age discrimination is illegal and unethical, many employers still often lean towards hiring younger people. For this reason, many people — both women and men —are taking extra steps to smooth out wrinkles and gain a more youthful, alert appearance. Even people as young as their 20s who are just out of college are using plastic surgery to make themselves more attractive for job interviews.

Better Self-Confidence to Propel You to the Next Level

Not only does our appearance have an impact on the world around us, it also fuels self-confidence, which often determines whether a person will put themselves out there for that promotion or ask for that raise. This is true for people of any age that wish to change something about their appearance that bothers them. A person who has had plastic surgery to enhance their appearance will more likely be able to look their boss in the eye, speak in a confident and relaxed manner and display other non-verbal communication cues that will cause their colleagues to pay more attention.

Popular Procedures for the Career-Minded

Recent studies suggests that the highest-ranking procedures for people looking to use plastic surgery as a means to further their career are:

  • Facelift surgery
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Brow lift surgery
  • Botox injections

Learn about Your Cosmetic Enhancement Options

If you find yourself lacking confidence because of some aspect of your appearance, we can help you to look and feel your best with one of our cosmetic procedures, some of which involve no surgery or downtime. If you would like to learn more about the procedures offered at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl or Dr. Alexander Ereso by calling (650) 964-6600.

What Is the Difference Between Eyelid Surgery and Brow Lift?

The appearance of the eyes can dramatically impact a person’s facial appearance. For example, wrinkles and bags under the eyes can make you look older, while puffy eyelids can make you look tired. Eyelid surgery and brow lift are two facial rejuvenation procedures that can help restore youth and beauty to the eyes and face. While these two procedures are different, it’s easy to confuse them because they tackle some of the same problems and offer similar benefits. Here, leading plastic surgeons Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso discuss the differences between the two procedures.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery aims to eliminate sagging, excess skin from the natural fold on the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure has become increasingly popular among patients seeking to restore youth to the eyes and face. Removing drooping skin from the upper eyelids can make the eyes look refreshed, while eliminating bulges or “bags” in the lower eyelids can shed years off a person’s appearance.

Some people seek eyelid surgery for medical reasons. Loose skin hanging from the upper eyelids can make it difficult for someone to open the eyes and even interfere with vision. Eyelid surgery removes extra skin from the upper eyelid, allowing the eyes to open with ease.

Brow Lift Surgery

Sometimes, sagging eyebrows cause the upper eyelids to appear hooded, in which case a brow lift may be more appropriate. Brow lift, also known known as forehead lift or eyebrow lift, raises and reshapes the skin around the eyebrows for a younger, rejuvenated look. The procedure softens the deep creases and wrinkles across the forehead, and also reduces horizontal frown lines at the top of the nose and vertical lines between the brows for a youthful, refreshed appearance. Unlike eyelid surgery, brow lift can increase the distance between the lateral brow and upper eyelashes.

How Do I Know Which Procedure is Best for Me?

Now that you know about the two procedures, it’s time to review your options. If your eyebrows are in good position but the skin on your upper eyelids is hanging, you may need upper eyelid surgery. If you have drooping eyebrows, try raising them to see if there is any extra skin in the upper eyelids. If there is no excess skin in the eyelids, then a brow lift may be recommended. However, if you do have extra skin in the upper eyelids and sagging eyebrows, your plastic surgeon may recommend both eyelid surgery and a brow lift.

The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso. Call our Mountain View office today at (650) 964-6690.