The eyes are one of the first areas of the face where aging becomes highly visible. The eye area has thin skin and fat deposits, that over time often get lost or displaced, while unwelcome dark circles, hollows and bags develop and become more visible. This blog continues my short series on “mini procedures” what they are and why they’re here to stay.
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MINI EYELID LIFTS are among the top procedures requested today. They are called by different names such as: Pinch Lift, Skin Pinch, Mini Eyelid Lift or Skin Pinch Blepharoplasty. Each surgeon has usually developed special techniques for their procedure of choice.
I do full blown eyelid surgeries (Blepharoplasties) and Mini Blepharoplasty procedures. My mini eye signature procedure is the “Skin/Pinch Blepharoplasty. This is a conservative eyelid tuck involving skin only and is ideal for patients who desire more space for applying eye shadow as well as a more defined upper eyelid crease. My Mini Skin/Pinch Blepharoplasty takes about 1 hour: involves some swelling and bruising that resolves by itself over 5 to 7 days, and General Anesthesia is that of choice for this surgery.
Mini Skin Pinch Blepharoplasty surgery does the following:
- Achieves a modest but natural refreshed look
- Increases space for applying eye shadow
- Beautifully, naturally defines the upper eyelid crease
- Involves the least risks possible
- Erases a tired look in the upper facial third
- Refreshes, rejuvenates, renews youthfulness to the eye area
The Limitations include: bags and eye hollows are not addressed since the fat and muscle is not transposed or eliminated…only extra skin is removed with this mini procedure and it may need future maintenance as many mini’s do.
Here’s a comparison of the “Mini” and “Traditional” Eyelid Surgery:
MINI BLEPHAROPLASTY: Best for those with good skin elasticity and minimal wrinkling on and around the eyes…without under eyelid bags. This takes about an hour, healing about 1 week, little to no bruising and less swelling than with traditional. Results last 3 to 10 years. TRADITIONAL BLEPHAROPLASTY: Best for those with heavy under eye bags and loose facial skin in the eye area. Takes from 1 to 3 hours and is one of the easiest procedures from which to recover. Swelling and bruising lasts up to 10 days at which time you are about healed. Results typically last from 8 to 15 years.
THE EYES ARE THE MOST COLORFUL AND ENGAGING FEATURE OF THE FACE. THEY CREATE UNIQUENESS AND DEPTH or THEY CONVEY A TIRED, AGING APPEARANCE. Steven Davison M.D.
ASIAN EYELIDS are unique and require special knowledge, training and skill. Asian eyelids lack a crease, usually have extra skin or epicanthal web towards the side of the nose. I have much experience and expertise in creating the ideal eyelid for those subtle needs.
MINI PROCEDURES ARE HERE TO STAY BECAUSE: they are practical, they work well when started early enough, and often can prevent the need for full blown procedures/surgeries. A major reason also: our patients have demanded them and we have researched and developed and refined them.
MINI PROCEDURES CAN BE COMBINED: more often than not patients choose to combine two or more procedures to achieve “optimal results.” For example: Mini Skin Pinch Bleph surgery is popular with a Liquid Facelift using today’s miracle power lifters! Check it out!
MOMMY MAKEOVERS and DADDY DO OVERS are here to stay too! Let’s talk about your concerns soon!
Best to you and Yours,
Steven Davison M.D.
“DAVinci…where we combine the supreme elements of art and surgical science.”