look- but with eyes it is essential to err on the side of conservatism. The eye is a finite structure where millimeters matter
Paramus NJ (Vocus) March 24, 2009
Eyelid surgery (or Blepharoplasty) is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure to firm up and smooth out lines, wrinkles and folds in the eyelid area.
Men and women alike have been known to embrace the procedure, as wrinkled or puffy eyelids can cause a person to look unnecessarily old, tired, sad or angry. Yet the real challenge for any prospective eyelid surgery patient is finding a doctor that will help them look ‘natural,’ as opposed to ‘operated on’.
And while most people believe that a fake, wide-eyed look is a natural consequence of eyelid surgery, New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul M. Parker explains how updated techniques and skill in this particular area of surgery can make a tremendous difference in achieving natural-looking results.
“With any aesthetic surgery we strive for an “unoperated” look- but with eyes it is essential to err on the side of conservatism. The eye is a finite structure where millimeters matter,” says Parker, board certified Paramus New Jersey plastic surgeon.
To avoid this operated look, Parker warns that, “It is important to estimate just the right amount of skin, muscle and fat that needs to remain in performing an upper eyelid and lower eyelid Blepharoplasty. In performing an upper lid Blepharoplasty, I take out an appropriate amount of skin, a small portion of underlying muscle and fat from the inner aspect of the eyelid to debulk the heaviness of the upper lid and simulate youth”. In performing a lower lid Blepharoplasty, I remove the “herniated fat” causing the puffy appearance of the lid, tighten the laxity of the lid margin itself with a lateral canthopexy, elevate and suspend the underlying obicularis oculi muscle and remove a conservative amount of skin.”
In addition to examining the eyelids, Dr. Parker will also evaluate the position of the patient’s eyebrows as well as any wrinkling they may have between the eyebrows or on the forehead during the patient’s initial consultation. He will also discuss options to rejuvenate these as well, including the injection of Botox or surgical solutions to these areas. Surgical solutions include a brow lift or modified brow lift procedure to be done simultaneously with eyelid surgery, based on the individual patient’s anatomy and desires.
Finally, in order to achieve natural-looking results with Blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Parker stresses the importance of choosing a surgeon who will perform a thorough pre-operative analysis of the eyelids and the areas around them. The surgeon should then carefully discuss the various surgical and non-surgical options with the patient to work out a detailed treatment plan.
“To make sure everyone is on the same page, I personally find it helpful to supplement these consultations by having the patient spend time with our professional photographer and computer imager to review ‘imaged’ pictures of what we believe the patient will look like after surgery, in addition to actual before and after pictures of prior Blepharoplasty patients”.
Clearly, when it comes to a person’s face, a patient should never feel uncomfortable asking for some of the technical information provided by Dr. Parker above -- as an involved and informed patient will ultimately ensure the best results with eyelid surgery.
About Dr. Paul M. Parker:
Dr. Parker is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He holds a certificate of advanced education in cosmetic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Additionally, he has been selected as one of the top surgeons in his field by Consumer's Research Council of America and has been named one of "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly. He has also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at New York University Medical Center.
About The Parker Center:
Located in Paramus, New Jersey, The Parker Center is a 15,000 square foot facility boasting an AAAASF and Medicare certified surgical center, state of the art medi-spa and circuit training gym. The Parker Center for Plastic Surgery prides itself on enhancing their patient's lives through individualized support and impeccable attention to detail.