Eyelid rejuvenation has been a bit of a buzz in recent years. People are realizing that subtle changes around their eyes, such as puffiness, sagging tissue, and drooping eyebrows, make them appear older than they are and, in many cases, much older than they feel. Who wouldn’t want to control issues such as these as well as possible? In search of younger-looking eyes, many people consider blepharoplasty. Just as many turn to dermal fillers to achieve quick and convenient improvement. Here, we want to discuss why we think the two are actually not competitors but cohorts in refreshing the face.
What Blepharoplasty Does
Eyelid surgery, referred to as blepharoplasty, has become very popular in the last several years. The procedure is relatively quick and is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients can expect to be back to work in a week to 10 days. The result of blepharoplasty is younger-looking eyes, true, but we need to get more detailed than that.
Through blepharoplasty, the tissue of the upper or lower eyelids, sometimes both, is smoothed out. This is done through small incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid or just at the lash line of the lower. During the procedure, fatty tissue may be repositioned to spread it more evenly across the contour of the eye. Superficial tissue is also tightened and excised to correct looseness and smooth the eyelid. These are impressive effects, but they may not achieve exactly what every person needs.
Where Dermal Fillers Come In
Interestingly, we often see eyelid puffiness as a major problem of aging. Beneath the surface of the skin and muscle, though, bone tissue is resorbing. This means that the bony sockets around the eyes get wider as we get older. This is a progressive change that can affect the appearance of the eyes in significant ways. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be corrected with dermal fillers. The entire role of dermal fillers is to introduce substances like hyaluronic acid into the dermis to increase volume. Volume means better contours and smoother skin. To address the eyes, dermal fillers can be inserted at the temples as well as along the crease between the lower eyelid and the cheek. In each area, the increase of volume further accentuates the contours and youthfulness of the eyes.