If you are considering restoring a beautiful and youthful eye appearance with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), you have likely begun your research. But how much of what you have heard or read on the Internet is actually true? At Metrolina Eye Associates, our eye and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Annunziata has performed hundreds of successful eyelid surgeries. Here, she debunks common myths about the procedure.
Myth #1: Eyelid surgery is solely cosmetic.
While it is true that many individuals who seek eyelid surgery do so to turn back the clock or simply improve their appearance, others do so for medical reasons. Heavy upper eyelid skin and tissue that hangs below the lash line can obstruct vision and make certain activities, like driving, dangerous. By removing excess skin and tissue, eyelid surgery restores a clear line of sight needed to perform everyday tasks.
Myth #2: The results of eyelid surgery will appear fake or obvious.
The goal of eyelid surgery is to help make a patient look like an energetic and younger-looking version of themselves. Fake or obvious results are only a product of poor surgical technique. The best way to ensure a beautiful and rejuvenated eye appearance with eyelid surgery is to work with an experienced surgeon who has a proven track record of delivering natural-looking results.
Myth #3: Scarring is noticeable.
When performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Annunziata, scarring from eyelid surgery is hardly noticeable. Dr. Annunziata places the incisions on the natural creases of the upper eyelids and/or inside the lower lid or below the lower lash line. This placement ensures that scars will be hidden. With good post-op care, scarring should fade over time.
Myth #4: Eyelid surgery stops the aging process.
Eyelid surgery is a great way to take years off your appearance, but it cannot completely stop the aging process. Following the procedure, your skin will continue to age as normal and it will be up to you to maintain your anti-aging results. We recommend not smoking, eating a healthy diet and hydrating to keep the skin around your eyes and on the eyelids moisturized and healthy.
Minimally invasive procedures are also available to tweak your results from time to time. Metrolina Eye Associates offers a range of skin treatments including Halo skin resurfacing and BBL therapy that can help prolong your youthful appearance. Our team can recommend a treatment plan and timeline based on your unique needs and goals.
To learn more about eyelid surgery from a reputable eyelid surgeon, contact Metrolina Eye Associates and schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Annunziata.