Fillers or Blepharoplasty: Which is the Best Approach to Aging Eyes?

BlepharoplastyMany adults feel concerned about the appearance of their eyes and how aging has affected this part of the face. The eyes are one of the pivotal areas that express how we feel. The signs of aging don’t just make the eyes look older, they can create an unfriendly, angry, or sad appearance where it doesn’t belong. If your eyes are betraying your true emotions and personality, there are strategies you can turn to. The two most common treatments for aging eyes are dermal filler injections and blepharoplasty. Here, we provide details of each to help you recognize where you might find your best results.

Two Paths to Younger-Looking Eyes

Blepharoplasty is a method of eyelid rejuvenation that can be conducted on either the upper or lower eyelids. This provides an advantage over dermal fillers depending on your area of concern. During blepharoplasty, the surgeon carefully manipulates the fatty tissue and, if needed, the muscle beneath the skin. Excess skin is trimmed away to smooth the surface that had been loose, saggy, or bulging. Lower blepharoplasty can eliminate undereye bags and may reduce or eliminate dark circles due to shadowing.

Dermal fillers are commonly used to treat problems on the lower eyelid. This technique is advantageous because it requires little more than a 30-minute treatment session in the office. When dermal filler is injected beneath the skin, the hyaluronic acid particles in the product bind to water molecules. As a result, the tissue becomes plumper. There is no skin or muscle tightening after dermal filler treatment. For this reason, dermal fillers may be better suited to the correction of undereye bags and dark circles in the absence of excessively loose skin.

Results-Based Techniques

A thorough consultation and examination in our Ocala office can provide you with a starting point for eyelid rejuvenation. If your skin exhibits optimal elasticity and undereye bags are not severe, you may be a good candidate for either blepharoplasty or dermal fillers. In that situation, your next question is how long you want your results to last. Dermal fillers can last up to two years and may be safely repeated as necessary. Blepharoplasty will rejuvenate the eyes permanently, though aging may at some point cause laxity or bulging to recur. The results of blepharoplasty can be expected to last five years or more.

Get Your Best Results

Get the eyelid rejuvenation that suits your needs by consulting with Dr. Croley in our Ocala office. To schedule your visit to discuss the value of blepharoplasty and dermal fillers, call (352) 237-8400.

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