Aging skin creates many issues related to self-esteem and confidence in our appearance. Because our society puts such a tremendous emphasis on youthfulness and beauty, nobody wants to look older than their true age. Particularly for women, the bias of ageism may be denying them opportunities in the job market, or hindering their ability to attract romantic partners.
The delicate skin around our eyes is one of the earliest places people begin to notice signs of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Typically occurring sometime in your 30s, factors such as sun damage, smiling, squinting and looser skin combine to create an aged appearance. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid rejuvenation surgery, is the best way to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
Because everyone has different areas of concern when it comes to the appearance of their eyes, Dr. Constantine takes a tailored approach to each patient’s eyelid surgery. Which part of the eyelid he operates on will depend on the amount of wrinkling around the eye, as well as the patient’s desired outcomes.
Eyelid surgery can lead to a more alert and open appearance in the area around your eyes. Common issues blepharoplasty can address include:
- Loose or sagging skin that leads to folds or sagging of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Puffiness in or around the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Excess skin and fine lines in the lower eyelid
The biggest concern with an aging forehead is the effect it has on our facial expressions. Deep furrows between your eyebrows, or eyebrows that have moved lower down our faces due to the effects of gravity, can make us look like we are frowning, even when we’re feeling happy and relaxed. The goal of a brow lift is to move the eyebrows back up to their more youthful appearance, helping patients look naturally more refreshed.
When performed properly, a brow lift procedure will result in a more youthful appearance and will make the eyes more visible without giving the patient a permanently startled look.
Benefits of a brow lift include:
- People may see you as being friendlier, as your facial expression no longer projects anger or sadness
- Your eyes will appear brighter, more open and alert
- You’ll experience a self-esteem boost
Over time, the effects of gravity and loss of collagen can negatively affect the appearance of the face by causing sagging skin. As we age, we also lose volume in our faces, which can result in a hollow appearance. A facelift can help address all these issues by tightening the skin of the face from the eyes down to the neck and lifting it into a younger-looking position.
Many patients are hesitant to get a facelift because they are worried that it will result in the dreaded “wind-tunnel” appearance that occurs when skin is overly stretched or pulled. However, Dr. Constantine’s approach relies on the underlying facial structure, rather than the skin, to offer support and achieve results that are not only more natural-looking, but also last longer.
Dr. Constantine often combines a facelift with fat grafting to restore volume to the mid-face and chin. Fat transfer is an increasingly trendy alternative to injectable facial fillers and implants, since it makes use of your body’s own fat stores to plump up the face, resulting in a more natural appearance.
The process involves removing fat from the donor areas – typically the abdomen or thighs – and carefully injecting it into the areas of the face that lack the desired volume. The procedure is minimally invasive, and typically takes less than two hours.
Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because they are still pleased with the appearance of their upper faces. However, many patients are concerned about excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin and the emergence of jowl lines.
When the neck area appears to be older than the upper face, a neck lift may be a good solution to address the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.
Neck lift surgery is an excellent remedy for:
- Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
- A “turkey wattle” under the chin
- Loose neck skin
- Abnormal contours of the neck or jawline
Many patients choose to get a fat transfer or eyelid lift in conjunction with a neck lift for a fully rejuvenated appearance.
While there are many methods for restoring a youthful-looking face, a mid-face lift is one of the most successful. With this technique, the middle portion of the face around the cheeks, which normally isn’t drastically affected by a standard facelift, is moved and secured higher in the face. The mid-facelift technique was specifically developed to address the area between the highest point of the cheekbone and the central area of the cheek where it meets the nose.
In a mid-facelifts, small incisions are made around the hairline and ear to lift the cheeks and enhance fullness in the eye area, as well as the cheeks themselves.
Dr. Constantine’s Approach to Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Constantine views cosmetic surgery as a combination of art and science. He also takes a highly customized approach to each patient, which is tailored to their desires and the outcomes they expect to achieve from their cosmetic surgery.
The two most important qualities that make a person a good candidate for a cosmetic surgery procedure are a lack of medical conditions that might interfere with the healing process, and a healthy and realistic attitude about the outcomes of their procedure. The best possible results are only achievable through open, honest communication between the patient and the surgeon. If you are considering having a cosmetic surgical procedure, contact our office today to book a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Constantine.