Aging consists of a variety of physical changes, and problems like wrinkling, sagging skin, and volume loss can sneak up quickly. There are a lot of unexpected side effects of aging, and one of these is the change in resting expression. With eye and forehead aging can come a perpetual appearance of anger, fatigue, disinterest, or worry. Unfortunately, these resting expressions can influence how you and others perceive you in a negative way. For many people starting to notice these signs of aging, how they feel on the inside in no way matches these expressions, which can be difficult to cope with, along with the other changes associated with aging. Here are the reasons your eyes could be making you look angry, and tips for what to do about it.
Eye Aging and Expression
As we age, a number of processes begin to occur, but the most significant is the decrease and breakdown of collagen in the skin. Collagen is an essential connective protein that is extremely abundant in the body, and lends skin its support, elasticity, lift, and youthfulness. Over time, loss of collagen combined with repetitive facial movements, cause various types of wrinkles. As collagen disappears, skin begins to sag and volume fades from the face. The eye area can accumulate pockets of fat underneath the eyes, caused by thinner, sagging skin, and this appearance can change the overall facial expression. Aging in many areas of the face can affect the expression, but the eye area and forehead are often the first to be affected by this phenomenon, and many people find that their face at rest looks angry—which can easily contribute to a poor first impression.
Aging starts early and can creep up stealthily, often becoming apparent starting in the mid to late 30s, or even earlier depending on habits, genetics, and lifestyle. Eye aging is often one of the earlier signs of aging, which can be distressing to fairly young people. Fortunately, there is an effective surgery for rejuvenating the eye area for a more alert and friendly expression: blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Blepharoplasty is a method for removing and lifting skin around the eyelids and repositioning fat for a refreshed appearance. It is a good option for middle aged patients who do not want a more intensive procedure such as a face lift, but want to address the eye area. Modern blepharoplasty is a highly customized procedure, as there are many factors that affect how the eyes age, as well as differences in eye shape and eyelids among patients. Depending on the techniques required to reach the patient’s goals, blepharoplasty may involve either general or local anesthetic. Initial recovery lasts about 10 days, with results beginning to become apparent in two to three weeks.
Is It Right for You?
Everyone ages at a different rate, and sometimes the right treatment for someone else your age is not the best choice for you. The best way to see if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty is to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon. He or she can recommend procedures for you and assess whether or not you are healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure like blepharoplasty. Sometimes, it is a good idea to combine two or more procedures to get the desired results. What will work for you all has to do with your goals and budget.
Finding a Surgeon
If you would like to learn more about options for facial plastic surgery like blepharoplasty and other anti-aging procedures, then come meet with acclaimed surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover, of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and extremely experienced, offering a wide range of plastic surgery options and non-invasive treatments to help patients meet their goals. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call either location today.