Eye lifts and exercises
If you’re exploring alternatives to an eye lift, you may have heard that facial exercises can make you look three years younger. (Not four years, of course. That would be an unreasonable expectation.) You may be wondering if this is a cheaper alternative to an eye lift or similar procedures.
The truth is, nobody in Charlotte, NC or elsewhere knows if this works. As with so many alternative treatments, there isn’t any good evidence one way or the other. (As they say, the word for alternative medicine that’s been proven to work is “medicine.”) It isn’t consistent with the generally agreed-on causes of skin aging, which include loss of collagen, elastin and subcutaneous fat and loosening of the connective tissue. Strengthening the facial muscles, while it might help in other ways, wouldn’t change any of this.
It also isn’t consistent with what we know about aging patterns, which is that repeated movements in parts of the face can cause grooves to form in the skin. Think of the furrows that form in the brows of older people. In short, approach with skepticism, and be sure to talk to a medical expert in human faces before putting any effort into them.
Getting ready for an eye lift
If you want to undergo an eyelift, you should be have well-recessed eyes, and you shouldn’t have such medical conditions as blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems.As with any plastic surgery, if you smoke, you ought to stop several weeks before the operation, and stay away from alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs or certain herbal supplements. Tell your surgeon about any other medications you take, and follow his or her advice on staying on them. Give yourself about a week to recover from the eye lift. Have music or books on tape handy, so you can relax without using your eyes too much.
The first step in the process of getting an eye lift is to talk with an expert. Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced nothing but facial plastic surgery since 1988, including procedures on the eyelids. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He runs a state-of-the-art facility and has made a YouTube video that explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his eye lift patients. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, make an appointment today, or ask for an online consultation so you can take advantage of the discount he offers on the consultation fee.