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The Eyes Have It: Eyelid Surgery Tops the List

That’s right—when it comes to facial cosmetic surgery, it’s all in the eyes. Believe it or not, eyelid surgery continues to be the most popular facial procedure among women according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual statistics report. In 2016 alone, more than 178,000 women improved their appearance by getting their eyes done. However, it’s not just the ladies who are benefiting from eyelid enhancement. Eyelid surgery was also the guys’ second most favored facial surgery last year, only behind rhinoplasty. All of this adds up to over one million people having their eyes rejuvenated with an eyelid surgery in just the last five years!

First contact.

You probably don’t think about it very much but your eyelids do a lot of work. Throughout the day, they can blink over 20,000 times! That’s about 900 blinks an hour and 15 every minute. And as the years add up, all that moving can really take its toll on your lids. It doesn’t help that skin gradually loses its elasticity over time either. That can lead to a buildup of excess skin on your upper and lower eyelids. Muscles may weaken around the eyes during the aging process, and pockets of fat can begin to bulge out. All that extra skin and puffiness can have a negative impact on your appearance, making you look tired and robbing that youthful look from your face.

Ripple effect.

Other issues may arise too. Sagging eyelids can just feel uncomfortable. Putting on makeup might be more of a challenge. Even wearing glasses can become a bothersome chore. Some people could also start to develop permanent wrinkles and creases in their forehead from trying to keep their brow muscles tensed upward all the time. And if that weren’t enough, drooping eyelids can have an adverse effect on your sight. Loose, extra skin could cut down on your field of vision, making it harder to see. It might be a condition that runs in your family.

Now you see me.

So, what is it about this procedure that’s making it so attractive to hundreds of thousands of men and women each year? Technically called blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is one of the easiest ways to look and feel younger. It’s also much less expensive than a facelift and can have just as great of an impact. And you’ll be back to your regular routine in just a couple weeks. You can have just the upper or lower lids corrected—or both! Removing unnecessary skin and fat from the upper eyelids can take years off, as well as improve your vision. A surgery around the lower eyelids can get rid of excess skin and bring out the contour by adding or removing fat. And you can easily pair an endoscopic brow lift for a more rejuvenated look. Don’t overlook a more youthful appearance. If you’re ready to refresh your eyes, please don’t hesitate to schedule your initial consultation for an eyelid surgery with Dr. Smith today.
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