THIRD QUARTER 2007, VOLUME 21, NUMBER 1

We know you can raise a few eyebrows

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How to put the sparkle back in your eyes

When was the last time someone told you that your eyes sparkle? People generally assume that how you look is how you feel. If the skin above your brow has begun to sag and cause wrinkles, you may appear angry, unapproachable, or worried. As we age, the skin around our eyes loses elasticity and may begin to droop or become puffy, causing a perpetual look of being tired or sad. There are solutions for improvement-and your facial plastic surgeon can help you enhance and revitalize the area around your most engaging feature, the eyes.

Tightened and charming
People should be able to tell when you are excited or surprised by how you raise your eyebrows. If you have vertical lines between your brows or sagging forehead wrinkles that are inhibiting your expressions, you may want to consider a browlift.

A browlift removes excess, loose skin and tissue from the forehead. Depending on the individual, the surgeon may remove part of the muscle that causes vertical frown lines between brows. Incisions for the procedure may be hidden in the eyebrows, the hairline, or in natural facial creases. Fine sutures are applied after the skin has been tightened. To see if a browlift may be right for you, put your hands above your brows and outside the edges of your eyes and gently raise the skin upwards. Browlifts are an excellent option to reduce a sinking brow or noticeable furrows between the eyes.

Wide-eyed and twinkling
Each year, over 100,000 men and women decide to revitalize and rejuvenate their eyes through eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This procedure can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both.

If folds of skin have begun to hang over your upper eyelids, blepharoplasty can open your eyes and brighten your outlook. Tiny incisions are hidden in the natural creases above each eye. Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed and the incisions are closed with fine sutures.

A lower lid procedure may be recommended if you have puffy bags under your eyes. Incisions are made either inside the lower eyelid or in a natural smile crease below the eyelash line. Sutures, if used, dissolve after a few days. Upper and lower eyelid surgery may be done at the same time.

Restore the natural sparkle to your eyes by combating the aging brows and eyelids. Your facial plastic surgeon will evaluate your needs and help formulate an optimal plan to refresh your look. If you would like to look as young as you feel, contact your facial plastic surgeon today.