Eye lifts vs. facial exercises

The possible expense of upper eyelid surgery does have some people in Charlotte, NC looking for alternatives. Some people say that the right sort of facial exercises can make you look three years younger. (Always three years. This is a strangely specific number, especially since not everyone ages at the same speed.) Does this work? Is it a no-budget alternative to surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery

No one can say for sure. The evidence is inconclusive. This is true of many forms of alternative medicine — the ones that can be demonstrated to work according to scientific standards of proof are incorporated into mainstream medicine.

Most dermatologists agree that the symptoms of aging in human skin are caused for the most part byloss of collagen, elastin and subcutaneous fat, as well as loosening of the connective tissue. There’s no reason to believe that these changes in skin can be reversed by strengthening the muscles underneath them.

And another cause of aging is movement by those same muscles. Smile lines, scowl lines, and so on are formed by muscles in face doing their job over course of decades. So while there doesn’t seem to be any harm in facial exercises, there’s no reason to think they’ll work as well as upper eyelid surgery — which in any case can make you look more than three years younger.

Getting ready to undergo upper eyelid surgery

In order to undergo upper eyelid surgery, you ought to have well-recessed eyes, and you shouldn’t have medical conditions such as blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems.

As with any plastic surgery, if you smoke, you ought to stop a couple weeks before the operation and some time afterward. You should also 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. Whether you should keep taking them before upper eyelid surgery and during recovery.

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. They are 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 upper 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.