All About New Jersey Eyelid Lifts – Blepharoplasty

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, you may be wondering why you look so much older than you feel. Well, the eyelids are also the doorway to our personal interactions. The structures around our eyes, such as eyebrows and eyelids (surgeons call this the “periorbital” area), send nonverbal messages.

Others interpret the shape of our periorbital structures as friendly, happy, youthful, angry, sad or tired. When we greet other people, our eyes meet to initiate and monitor our conversations. Our emotions and attentiveness – and therefore our interactions – with others are usually communicated through our eyes.

What Happens to Our Eyes as We Age

As we age, our faces change in predictable ways. Our skin and the soft tissues beneath it lose some of their key biochemical components such as collagen and elastin. This loss of structural integrity allows gravity, in addition to years of facial expression, to loosen and stretch the skin and the underlying soft tissues, such as fat, muscle and tendons. Clean, crisp youthful-appearing eyelids with a smooth contour extending from the lower eyelashes to the cheek become altered, causing shadows and give a tired, aged appearance.

Your Consultation

Many options currently exist to treat the area around the eyes, called the periorbital area, and continue to expand. The many available options can often be confusing to a patient. During your free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Parker, he will listen to what bothers you, take a medical history, and perform a physical examination of your entire face, focusing on the periorbital areas.

He will assess your eyebrow position, upper eyelid skin excess, and the lower eyelid’s skin quality, muscle laxity, fat herniation, and integrity. Dr. Parker will then review his findings with you as well as the various options for treatment. This will allow him to customize a treatment plan along with you based on your age, individual anatomy, particular desires, resources, and time available for recovery.

Before & After Blepharoplasty

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53 year old patient complained of the heaviness of her upper eyelids and puffiness of her lower lids. Dr. Parker performed an upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. The patient recovered quickly from her procedures and is very happy with her rejuvenated eyes.

Non-Surgical Options

In considering treatment options for the periorbital area, we first think of nonsurgical options. Neurotoxins such as BOTOX® and Dysport® can be used to elevate the outer aspect of the eyebrows, softening wrinkles between the eyebrows and in the forehead. Injectable fillers can be used to plump out the depression in the “tear trough” area on the lower eyelids and create better blending from the lower eyelid into the cheek. Crepiness and discoloration of the lower eyelid skin may be able to be improved to a certain extent with skin care products, a chemical peel, or laser resurfacing.

Before & After Botox Injections

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This 38 year old patient was concerned about the vertical wrinkle lines between her eyebrows that she felt made her look angry. Dr. Parker injected Botox between the eyebrows to soften these lines.

Surgical Options

During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will review options for periorbital (eyelid) rejuvenation, which will likely include eyelid or blepharoplasty surgery. He can perform procedures on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both during the same operation. Dr. Parker will be able to determine which procedure or procedures will help you get the results you want while still looking naturally younger and more refreshed.

Upper Eyelid Procedures

Excess skin of the upper eyelid is probably the earliest and most common sign of facial aging, causing a tired, sad look. Upper eyelid procedures are relatively simple and can be very effective for helping you look younger, well-rested, and more alert. Options include procedures to lift and remove excess skin that has begun to sag over and around the upper eyelid, removal of muscles that contribute to premature wrinkling and brow furrows, or a combination of procedures to improve the overall appearance of your face.

Before & After Upper Eyelid Lift

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This 50 year old patient was concerned about the heavy appearance of her upper eyelids. Dr. Parker performed upper eyelid blepharoplasty to remove the redundant skin and fat. Today, the patient’s eyes appear brighter, well rested and more youthful.

Lower Eyelid Procedure Options

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can address sagging or drooping skin around the lower eyelids, remove or reposition fat that has “herniated” and caused puffiness underneath your eyes, or tighten the skin and lift the tendons around the lower eyelids. The procedure(s) that Dr. Parker performs to improve the appearance of the lower eyelid area vary significantly among individual patients. Dr. Parker will help you decide on the best option for you based on your goals and his evaluation of the structure and appearance of your skin, fat, muscle and eyelid/cheek junction.

Before & After Lower Eyelid Lift

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This 57 year old presented to Dr. Parker bothered by the puffiness of her lower eyelids. Dr. Parker performed a lower lid blepharoplasty, transferring fat to fill the tear troughs and tightening the lower eyelids.