Facelifts and eyelid lifts can work for anyone in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond OR when the ravages of time first appear.
Let’s face it, traditional facelift surgeries have always been performed to lift and contour the face. Over recent years, however, more “ala carte” alternatives to the conventional facelift have emerged in the aesthetics space, most notably eyelid surgery. So let’s take a look!
The 411 on Facelift Surgery
Let’s start with a quick re-cap on facelifts. A surgical facelift is an invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the lifting and contouring the soft tissues of the face. At the same time, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is strategically draped back over the newly repositioned contours. The procedure seeks to lift sagging, lax skin. It revitalizes an aged appearance while smoothing folds at the cheeks and jawline areas. Incisions are inconspicuously made at the temples in the hairline, coming down and around the backs of ears in the lower scalp. Sometimes, an incision might be made under the chin to “lift” the neck and chest areas.
It’s important to note that while facelifts can give a more youthful-looking appearance to the face and neck, results are not entirely permanent, as the skin will continue to age naturally over time. Generally, the anti-aging effects of a facelift can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, depending on the patient’s lifestyle, genetics, and other cosmetic procedures that may be performed.
Eyelid Surgery: Set Your Sights on Youthful Peepers
Eyelid lift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a simple surgical procedure that seeks to enhance the appearance of the eyelids to give the entire eye area a revitalized, more refreshed-looking appearance. Surgery can be performed on the upper, lower, or both upper and lower eyelids by surgically removing redundant skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid and removing or contouring the fat around the eyes.
Sometimes, eyelid surgery is medically necessary to improve functionality, as a severely drooping eyelid can perilously obstruct vision. According to the Mayo Clinic, eyelid surgery addresses loose, sagging skin that creates folds, irregular contours of the eyes, fatty deposits that create undereye bags, hooded eyes, excess skin, and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.
Many patients are not “ready” for a facelift but rather an eyelid rejuvenation. Some patients who regularly undergo neurotoxin injections, such as Botox or Dysport, find the skin-smoothing treatments cause the unwanted side effect of hooded eyes due to the relaxation of forehead muscles. Eye makeup application becomes challenging, as eyeliner and other popular eye cosmetics will rub incessantly rub off onto other areas of the eyelid, inducing frustration for even the most dutiful makeup mavens.
Eyelid surgery offers the best of both worlds – an eyelift and no more unwanted, saggy side effects of neurotoxins. On the other hand, some patients will need a facelift but not an eyelid lift. Unfortunately, eyelid droopiness or hooded eyes are genetic in many cases. There are those lucky patients who enjoy plenty of eyelid space.
In contrast, other face areas have already begun showing signs of aging. The beauty of eyelid and facelift surgeries is that they can be custom-tailored entirely to meet the unique needs of every patient, enhancing individual beauty. While no two faces are alike, so are no two sets of eyes. Sometimes, eyelid surgery is all needed to rejuvenate and “awaken” the entire face! A complete assessment of a patient’s cosmetic situation, anatomy, and beauty goals will help determine the best action.
Eyelid Surgery & Facelift Combo
Patients experiencing sagging in the contours of their face and drooping or hooded eyelids can opt for BOTH a facelift and an eyelid lift. This customized, dual-lifting procedure corrects facial and eyelid sagging for a cohesive outcome. Contrary to popular belief, conventional facelift surgery doesn’t include a brow or eyelid lift, as a facelift focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face, neck, and sometimes, decolletage. Additionally, an eyelid lift can be performed if a patient is experiencing aging around the eyes.
Facelifts and eyelid surgeries can easily shave about 10-12 years off a patient’s physical appearance, offering dramatic yet natural-looking results. However, depending on lifestyle, genetics, and the implementation of other cosmetic procedures, most patients enjoy their renewed look for about 10-12 years before a revision procedure is required. In addition, rigorous skincare practice, including daily sun protection, will help prolong a patient’s beautiful, eye-opening results. As a result, some patients never need to revisit the scalpel.
Suppose you are a good candidate for facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, or both. In that case, we invite you to contact our Beverly Hills office to speak with any of our talented team members and to set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Jalalabadi. Our team is looking forward to hearing from you and addressing any concerns you may have regarding Dr. Jalalabadi’s patient protocols and his signature, celeb-coveted procedures.