eye liftIf you’re planning to undergo an eye lift

An eye lift can make you look younger, but it’s most suitable for patients who are in good health and have well-recessed eyes. If you suffer from medical conditions such as blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems, your surgeon might not recommend it.

If it’s right for you, you’ll have to take the right steps. Talk with your Charlotte, NC surgeon about whatever medications you take, and whether you should keep taking them before the surgery and during the recovery. If you smoke, quit all forms of nicotine from several weeks before the operation to about a month afterward. You should also stay away from alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs or certain herbal supplements for the same amount of time. You’ll need a week to recover, with music or books on tape handy so you can rest your eyes.

Do eye exercises work as well as eye lifts?

If eye lifts aren’t right for you, or if they’re just too expensive, you may be wondering if facial exercises are a good substitute. Some say that these exercises can make you look three years younger — always three years, not more or less, for some reason.

According to anecdotal evidence, there are those who have gotten good results, but this hasn’t happened often enough to produce measurable evidence. The real problem is that there are two reasons skin wrinkles with age, and one of them is that smiles, frowns and other repeated facial movements form grooves in the skin. While exercising the muscles that control the eyelids would help firm up the underlying tissue, it would do nothing to slow the aging process in the skin and should at least theoretically make wrinkles appear faster in the skin around the eyes. This is another case where it’s a good idea to talk with an expert in facial plastic surgery before you try it.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon

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.