Anti-Aging Eye Treatment Approaches to Avoid From an Aesthetics and Functional Perspective
Eyelid surgery was the third most popular procedure performed last year according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. New York based board-certified surgeon, Dr. Henry Spinelli explains how our eyes age and the treatment approaches to avoid from an aesthetics and functional standpoint.
“Everybody’s eyes age differently. Usually the eyes become puffy as we get older, followed by wrinkles. Sometimes it is a falling of the lids; the lower lids are falling away from the eyeball, or the upper lids are drooping down; or some combination including the eyebrows drooping,’ notes Dr. Spinelli.
Eyelid surgery is a balance between aesthetics and function. From an aesthetics standpoint, Dr. Spinelli explains, surgeons try to avoid the over-correction or a surprised look in which the eyebrows are elevated too much. You also want to avoid the wide-eyed look when the eyelids are too high, over excessive fat resection, or creating scleral show with lower eyelid surgery.
Scleral show which is the ability to see the white portion of the eye below the iris creates an aged look. It also causes dry eye syndrome. “I think this is the most powerful operation you can do in at least the craniofacial area,” notes Dr. Spinelli.
Eyelid surgery can make a radical difference provided the plastic surgeon creates the natural kind of look. “We aim to make our patients look like they are well-rested, they have gone to the gym and are healthy, and drinking plenty of water not look like they had surgery.”
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