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Are Your Eyes Aging You?

Jared, Nimitz, M.D.

Are Your Eyes Aging YouWe see it in the mirror, those wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. Why is it that the eyes seem to age so much faster than the rest of our face? We often think of smiling, laughing, and gravity as the main culprits; however, The eyelids do not have sebaceous glands, so the area is more susceptible to a crepey look, as well as a lack of collagen and weakened muscles as we age.

The Hooded Eye Concerns
Some people are genetically predisposed to a “hooded” appearance to their upper eyelids, which typically gets worse with age, while others may develop fat-pads later in life due to aging. Bagging or droopy eyelids can occur on the lower eye area as well. In some cases, it’s not just an aesthetic concern, but rather a visual disturbance, as it can interfere with one’s peripheral vision.

Nonsurgical Options
If you’re not ready for surgery, there are other alternative treatments available to tighten the delicate eye skin and to make your eyes appear more alert and less puffy, such as laser therapy, injectable fillers, fat graphs, and of course, medical-grade serums and treatments.

For advanced stages and optimal results, surgery is typically necessary.

A surgical procedure known as a blepharoplasty removes any excess skin, can lift the underlying muscles, and remove fat pads in the lower and upper eyelids. This procedure will make the eyes look more youthful, and give the eyes a natural, yet more open look. In many instances, excess fat weighs down the eyebrow, and this procedure can correct that as well. The upper eyelids can be done in the office setting under local anesthetic.

Blepharoplasty Steps According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery:

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.

Step 2 – The tiny incision
The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed so the resultant scars will be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles, and removal of excess skin.

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed.

A transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week.

Your surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.

Step 4 – See the results
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and the surrounding region, and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.

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Jared, Nimitz, M.D.
Dr. Nimtz of Commonwealth Plastic Surgery in Lexington and London is among the few plastic surgeons who performs both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. He enjoys shaping and sculpting both the face and body. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Nimtz is highly experienced in a comprehensive range of plastic surgery procedures including fat grafting, tummy tuck, facelift, breast augmentation, liposuction and buttock lift.

Patient-Centered
Dr. Nimtz’s seeks to transform patient aesthetic goals into surgical realities by striving to deliver exceptional care, providing comfortable surgical experiences through attentive service, fostering an environment of safety, as well as educating and listening to the individual. His philosophy for plastic surgery is to achieve beauty by adhering to the aesthetics of proportion that exist in nature and appeal to our inherent sense of beauty.

Our patients have complimented Dr. Nimtz on providing excellent results and being a thorough physician. They also appreciate how comfortable he makes them feel. He is known for his artistic appreciation, which enhances his eyes for aesthetics.

Dr. Nimtz also helps women and men achieve a more youthful appearance with nonsurgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, injectables and fillers, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic. Dr. Nimtz has a delicate touch with the ability to restore youth and beauty to the face and body. Dr. Nimtz has earned the distinction of Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board recognized to certify plastic surgeons and is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Board-certified plastic surgeons are specifically qualified to perform a complete range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures for the face and body. They must complete a minimum of 5 years of surgical training after medical school, which includes an accredited plastic surgery residency program, have practiced for at least 2 years, and have passed rigorous exams about plastic surgery.

Dr. Nimitz specializes in the face, breasts and body, with options that fit each patients specific needs and goals whether surgical or nonsurgical. Contact Commonwealth Plastic Surgery today for your consultation to a more natural, refined, timeless you.

Each month, Commonwealth Plastic Surgery offers specials, to find out more, please visit https://www.commonwealthplastics.com/specials/

Sources:
https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery/procedure

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