Our eyes have a huge impact on our external appearance; they can make us look and feel young and joyful, or tired and old. We’d like our physical reflections to represent the youthful vision of ourselves that we have in our minds, as well as express the vibrant manner we still feel.
Unfortunately, the eyes are often the first to show signs of ageing, due to the very thin and delicate skin that surrounds it. Years of neglected skin care, sun exposure, and rough make-up application can contribute to the eventual wrinkling and sagging skin around the eye area, though most of it is largely due to the natural ageing process. In fact, the simple act of blinking our eyes causes minuscule stretching of the elastic fibers in the skin around the eyes, as well as the fibers in the levator muscle, which is responsible for raising the eyelid.
New York-based Oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Amiya Prasad is an eye “superspecialist” and a Fellow of the prestigious American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. With over 16 years of experience in practicing eye surgery (or what is known as blepharoplasty), Dr. Prasad can help you recapture your youth and feel more confident about your appearance, while addressing the problem signs of aging safely and effectively.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Prasad routinely performs eyelid surgery, as well as unique procedures not offered by many cosmetic surgeons, including: asian eyelid surgery, exotic eyelifts, eyelash transplant and non-invasive eyelifts. Concerns and complications related to aging, prior surgery, trauma or hormones (wrinkles, scars, or a deformity of the eye area) can be corrected with eyelid surgery.
In order to determine whether you are a candidate for blepharoplasty, consider the following points:
If you can relate to these points, then you are most likely a good candidate for a blepharoplasty. Keep in mind, however, that in addition to these points, a patient who wants to undergo blepharoplasty, like with any other type of surgery, must be in good health with no existing serious medical conditions.
They must hopefully also be willing to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle (quitting smoking or excessive sunbathing, exercising more, eating right, etc.) in order to get the most out of the results of their surgery.
When considering if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty surgery, you need to be clear about why you feel the need to change your appearance. Remember: No one should ever convince you to get cosmetic surgery. Ultimately, the decision to have blepharoplasty surgery is a highly personal choice and will depend on your own cosmetic goals.
If you have decided that blepharoplasty surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prasad, super specialist in eye and eyelid surgery.
Motivated by the desire to perform more effective eye surgeries, Dr. Prasad developed a technique for blepharoplasty surgery that he calls the SmartLift™ Eyelift. This particular technique is designed to make use of a minimal incision method, alongside Dr. Prasad’s LITE™ Anesthesia sedation method, in order to achieve maximal, natural-looking results with minimal risk. Because of this approach, the downtime after the procedure is significantly shorter than that of blepharoplasty surgery performed under general anesthesia.
General anesthesia is known to have more attendant risks than local anesthesia. There is a tendency for the patient to suffer from nausea after the procedure, and recovery is known to take much longer. And while, having a patient under general anesthesia may be more convenient for the surgeon, it may represent a greater burden to the patient, thus the SmartLift™ Eyelift approach is certainly a safer option.
Dr. Prasad has also developed a system that helps him categorize a patient’s eyelids based on gender, age, ethnic background and skin condition. Because eye surgery is such a delicate procedure and because no eye is the same, each approach much be customized to suit the individual. While this system is undoubtedly helpful, it is ultimately the personalized artistic touch of Dr. Prasad that makes all the difference in the beauty of your results.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is performed on excess, loose, saggy skin on the upper eyelids. This excess skin, as experienced by runners, tends to cause irritation especially when sweat drips into the area. Some women also note that putting on make-up is frustrating, as the excess skin tends to cause creases in their foundation or eyeshadow.
The goal of upper eyelid blepharoplasty is to restore the lid’s natural line, and this is achieved by making a small incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. The scar usually heals quite well and is difficult to see, even when your eyes are closed.
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Lower eyelid blepharoplasty (under eye bag surgery) is used to eliminate puffiness and heavy bags under the eyes that is caused by displaced orbital fat (fat that surrounds and cushions the eye inside the orbit). Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be done in two ways: the more traditional transcutaneous approach (through the skin), and the transconjunctival approach (inside the eyelid). But generally, both techniques involve the removal and sculpting of excess fat and skin.
“Awesome Eyelift! – I had been getting very tired eyes daily even though I wasn’t tired. My upper lids were covered by drooping skin and I had fat deposits on my lowers. My plastic surgery was only 4 weeks ago and I am thrilled with the job Dr. Prasad did. It was easy, painless and very quick recovery. If you are considering this, you want Dr. Prasad, excellent results !!” —Patient JC