They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul. In fact, eyes are a huge factor when it comes to determining attractiveness. What do your eyes say about you?
Many people aren't satisfied with the appearance of their eye regions - One of the major cosmetic procedures in the USA is eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift. If you’re wondering why this procedure is so popular it’s because of the effects of aging. Nobody wants to look old and tired. Over time your skin loses its elasticity which results in bagginess, dark circles and wrinkles. People have increasingly turned to cosmetic procedures to counteract these effects of aging. But is an eye lift the best solution?
In 2014, there were 206,509 eyelid surgeries performed in the United States. Men accounted for 29,402 of these procedures.
The best candidate for an eye lift is a person around 30 years old with good health. Smokers and people with existing health conditions have an increased risk of complications. Basically, the average guy in good health is eligible for an eye lift. If that doesn’t describe you, feel free to skip ahead to our alternatives to eye lift surgery. Spoiler: It's a topical eye lift cream.
Now, let’s get into what an eye lift actually consists of. Blepharoplasty is the medical term for an eye lift. It is a procedure which removes and tightens your extra eyelid skin. The actual operation lasts for 1-3 hours and most people will recover completely within six weeks. This procedure can cost up to $5000 or more depending on the quality of your surgeon. It probably doesn’t need to be said, but trying to cheap out on surgery is never a good idea. You should also be aware that cosmetic surgery is rarely covered by health insurance.
Like we mentioned earlier, this procedure is supposed to result in a more alert and youthful appearance. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is supposed to improve your appearance by making you look younger. It doesn’t have any other health benefits for most people. Unless your vision is suffering due to droopy eye lids, an eye lift is not an operation that most people need. Most people who undergo eyelid surgery have looser skin around their eyes. This loose skin might be caused by conditions like eye allergies or puffy eyes. Eye lift surgery can have a substantial effect on your appearance, but it’s not a long term solution. Don’t be alarmed if you see the effects of your operation wearing off after a few years. The effects of the surgery last up to ten years at best. After that you will need another operation. This is because your skin will continue to age even after the surgery.
The recovery period of an eye lift surgery can be tense, especially the first week. You’ll need to be extra cautious to avoid increasing the risk of post-surgery complications. For the first few days, you should apply ice packs hourly to minimize swelling and redness. It’s also suggested not to wear contacts during this time.
There’s a risk of complications whenever you go under the knife. One of the most common complications of blepharoplasty is the over removal of fat. The effect of this complication is that you actually look as if you’ve aged more. If you’re considering an eye lift, you probably want eyes that look youthful as the end result. If excess fat is removed your eyelids will instead look unnatural and hollow. And that's not all. Other potential side effects include loss of vision, eyelid infection, double vision caused by eye alignment problems, noticeable scarring, improperly positioned eyelids, and eyelid numbness.
By now, you probably agree that undergoing eye lift surgery definitely isn’t a decision that should be made compulsively. It’s a serious procedure that has a number of disadvantages and uncertain risks. It's important to find a surgeon with impeccable reviews and a large portfolio of before and after pictures of his previous work. And then you just need to find that extra $5000 you had lying around...
Fortunately, for most people there is a safer and more affordable option. If you don’t have naturally droopy eyelids and your eyelids don’t block your vision, then there’s an alternative that's ideal for you. If you just want to look younger then you can get the same results as an eye lift surgery with an eye lift cream, also known as an under eye serum.
Now you’re probably wondering what an eye serum is and what it does. Sounds scientific. Well, an eye serum is a mix of ingredients which work together to improve collagen production, eliminate dark bags, and tighten the skin. An eye lift cream or eye serum has many of the benefits of an eye lift surgery and a few extras. For one, there are no serious complications that occur when using an under eye serum. Plus it’s much more affordable than an expensive operation. You can sleep comfortably knowing that your eye serum won’t result in a loss of vision or scarring. The major downside is that eye serum has to be used daily for best results. It’s not a miracle product, but rather a new tool to be added to your grooming routine. With daily use of an eye serum, you can expect noticeable results within 2-4 months. That’s comparable to the time it takes to fully heal and see results from an eye lift. Even if you’re still in your early twenties, the addition of an eye serum to your grooming routine will keep you looking youthful and rested.
It’s up to you which option fits your lifestyle. If you trust and feel confident in your surgeon’s ability then an eye lift might be right for you. Otherwise, you may want to consider the more affordable and safer option of an eye serum. If you found this post informative go ahead and share it with your friends or comment below to join the discussion.