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Eye Makeup Tips After Eyelid Surgery

We’ve seen it time and time again –  after our patients have blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), they want to show off their beautiful, new results. Because their eyes are less puffy, with no skin drooping or undereye circles, they can’t wait to draw attention to their rejuvenated look. But after this operation, we warn our patients to resume applying eye makeup only after getting clearance from the surgeon. Using makeup prematurely can impede healing and undermine the final results of the surgery.

The best way to hide any bruising or swelling after your eyelid surgery is to wear your favorite sunglasses. These shades will be more than a fashion statement. They will protect your wounds from the sun and conceal any after-effects visible during the initial stage of your recovery. After the incisions begin to heal, board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch will advise you on the best time to resume applying makeup for going back to work or attending social events. Here in this post, we provide some helpful hints on when and how to apply eye makeup after blepharoplasty. 

When Can I Resume Eye Makeup?

Most women who’ve chosen to undergo blepharoplasty ask this question. Though you may not be excited to hear it, the answer is usually not right after surgery when most of the swelling and bruising is apparent. During your recovery, you should rest and keep the incisions clean for at least two weeks after your operation. 

It may seem tempting to hide the temporary side-effects of surgery, but makeup can negatively influence the healing process and damage your results. Infection or irritation is possible as complications from makeup can impair the healing process and affect your desired results. 

There are no rules written in stone concerning when to apply makeup because patient recovery times can vary. This fact is why it’s so important to follow the specific instructions of Dr. Hershcovitch concerning eye makeup. During your follow up appointments, he will assess your recovery progress to determine when it’s the best time to resume applying makeup. Until he gives you the okay, be patient. And, when you are ready to resume using eye makeup, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

Natural Products

Although several cosmetic products claim 100 percent natural ingredients and safe for all skin types, this boast may not always be true. If your prior brand of makeup was natural and did not cause irritation, it will probably be the best choice for you. Look for products marked “hypoallergenic” or “noncomedogenic,” as these are the least likely to cause skin irritations to skin that is newly healed.

Whether you will be trying new products or sticking with the same mascara you’ve always used, you should consider replacing all of your eye makeup after surgery.  Mascara, especially, provides a haven for bacterial growth, and you definitely want to avoid any possibility of infection. Plus, it can be fun to update your makeup collection to go with your updated eyelids. You may even want to experiment with new styles of makeup now that your lids will provide a better palette.

Eye Makeup Application

Once you get the okay from Dr. Hershcovitch to resume wearing eye makeup, remember to be gentle with your eyes. In the beginning, as you resume applying makeup, less is more initially. Using a light touch with a thin base coat of foundation that matches your skin tone is a safe bet. If Dr. Hershcovitch approves, you can add some eye shadow to enhance the effect. Don’t over-do it, and avoid mascara until your recovery is complete. 

Next Step

If you are considering blepharoplasty or any other aesthetic improvement in the Westlake or West Hills area, schedule a consultation with us today.

Refresh Your Eyes: Fillers or Blepharoplasty?

The New Year is a time to press reset and give yourself a fresh start. If you are looking to refresh your appearance, you may be considering starting with the most prominent feature of your face: Your eyes. If aging or genetics have left your eyes looking tired, puffy, or saggy, we can help you awaken a more youthful appearance for 2019.

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, patients now have plenty of options when choosing how they want to go about their aesthetic enhancements. While surgery used to be the only way one could improve their facial appearance, newer non-surgical alternatives are now available and are highly popular among women and men.

This holds true when it comes to lower eyelid rejuvenation. Patients can now choose between a permanent traditional lower blepharoplasty or a temporary dermal filler treatment. Below, we explain how each of these treatments can alleviate a gaunt eye appearance:

Lower Blepharoplasty

Dr. Matt Hershcovitch has performed countless lower blepharoplasty procedures to help patients look younger and more alert. Depending on each patient’s specific needs, he uses either the transconjunctival or transcutaneous method. Both of these procedures achieve the same goal in the same manner but vary in incision location and overall scarring.

Transconjunctival

This method of lower blepharoplasty surgery requires Dr. Hershcovitch to create an incision along the lash line to remove extra skin, redistribute fat, and tighten loose muscle. While this method is considered to leave more scarring than the transcutaneous method, its scars are barely visible.

Transcutaneous

The transcutaneous method of lower blepharoplasty also removes extra skin, redistributes fat, and tightens loose muscle. However, the incisions are created inside the eyelid. This incision placement completely hides any scars left by the procedure.

After each of these methods are performed, patients can expect swelling, soreness, light sensitivity, blurry vision and feelings of tightness. These effects usually last about a week, and we recommend patients sleep with their head elevated and avoid too much screen and reading time. You can return to work after the first week of recovery is over, but strenuous activity should be postponed for a minimum of two weeks.

Dermal Fillers

Blepharoplasty surgery is a great treatment and permanent solution for undereye circles and a gaunt appearance. However, not all patients are open to or comfortable with surgery. With the introduction of dermal fillers as a solution to aged eyes, surgery is no longer the only option.

Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Radiesse can be injected into the tear trough to create volume where fat has been lost and promote collagen regeneration. When volume is added to the undereye area, patients experience a smoother transition from their eyes to cheeks and nose. This helps enhance the illusion of a younger, well-rested appearance.

When HA fillers are injected into the tear troughs, the doctor and patient have the advantage of reversing some or all of the effects with an enzyme solution until a satisfactory result is achieved.  While this usually isn’t needed, many patients like to have the option.

Unlike blepharoplasty, patients do not need to schedule recovery time and can be back to their regular routine promptly after their treatments. Also, unlike blepharoplasty surgery, results are not permanent, and patients must schedule follow up appointments every year to maintain their results.

The best way to make an informed decision about your eyelid procedure is to schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, by calling (818) 888-7878. During your visit, you will discuss your medical history and desired outcomes to decide which treatment is best for you. Call today to start refreshing your appearance for 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

Procedures to Complement Your Facelift Results

Facelift surgery is a powerful tool to combat the major signs of aging, including deep lines, wrinkles, and jowls. It is considered the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation, but it’s often performed with additional procedures to enhance the overall results. If you’re interested in undergoing a facelift in the future, consider adding the following procedures into your treatment plan:

Blepharoplasty

The eyes play an important role in your overall facial appearance. They’re also one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of age. The fat pads beneath the eyes tend to droop over time, creating a hollowed-out appearance and “eyebags.” The eyelids might also start to sag and develop deep wrinkles. For patients concerned about aging around the eyes, blepharoplasty can help.

Also called an “eyelid lift,” this procedure allows Dr. Hershcovitch to trim sagging eyelid skin and remove any excess fat deposits that are creating eyebags. The incisions are carefully concealed along the natural crease of the eyelid, within the lower lid, or along the lower lash line, so scars are virtually undetectable. Patients love the naturally refreshed appearance that blepharoplasty can achieve, especially when combined with a facelift.

Browlift

Many patients are surprised to learn that a facelift does not treat the upper part of the face. While it’s a great way to address aging in the mid-lower face area, it leaves the forehead untouched. Browlift surgery (sometimes called a “forehead” lift) is a great complement to a facelift because it produces seamless rejuvenation that extends up the face.

During the procedure, excess skin is trimmed and the deeper tissues of the face are lifted, and then sutured into a more youthful position. The muscle tissue is manipulated to smooth out any stubborn creases as well. While there are different options for incisions (depending on your extent of aging), most incisions can easily be concealed. In some cases, the procedure can even be performed endoscopically.

Necklift

A slim, smooth neck has long been associated with elegance and youthful beauty. But over time, aging can cause the neck to have a loose and wrinkled appearance. When performed with a facelift, necklift surgery can restore a slim neck silhouette while also treating the major signs of facial aging.

The necklift incision is easily hidden along the natural contours of your face and neck. Through these incisions, Dr. Hershcovitch will lift the deeper structures and soft tissue to release neck banding, smooth away deep wrinkles, and trim excess skin. He can also remove fat deposits that create the appearance of a double chin.

Together, these procedures beautifully restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck. And with only one trip to the operating room, patients can take advantage of only having one recovery period for several procedures.

If you’d like to explore your options for facial rejuvenation, take the next step by contacting double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He’d be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan.

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Eyelid Surgery

 

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can fully rejuvenate the eye area. Since the eyes play an important role in overall facial aesthetics, this procedure is one of the most effective ways to refresh your entire look.

If you’re considering eyelid surgery, the next step is scheduling a consultation. Below we’re exploring some of the top questions you should ask during your consultation, so you can decide whether this procedure is right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery usually isn’t very invasive, making it a safe and effective procedure for most healthy people. Ideal candidates for this procedure include men and women who:

  • Have excess or sagging upper eyelid skin
  • Have undereye puffiness and drooping lower eyelid skin
  • Want to correct naturally hooded eyelids
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not have serious eye conditions

Will I Need Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty?

Depending on your cosmetic goals, you may need upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. Upper blepharoplasty can remove excess eyelid skin, reposition fat pads, and tighten muscles that have started to droop. Lower blepharoplasty reduces the appearance of undereye bags and produces a lifted, youthful look. When treating the undereye area, Dr. Hershcovitch is careful not to remove too much fat. Instead, he repositions the fat to create a smooth, youthful texture that ideally complements the eyes.

What is Recovery Like?

This procedure has a relatively easy recovery. During the first week, you might have some mild swelling, bruising, dry eyes, and feelings of tightness around your incisions. Most patients do not find these symptoms to be very painful and can alleviate them with OTC medication and cold compresses.

By ten days – 2 weeks, many patients feel comfortable returning to work and social activities.

When Can I Wear Contacts Again?

After surgery, it’s important to be as gentle as possible with your incisions so they can fully heal. Since inserting your contact lenses requires you to pull or lift your eyelids, it’s recommended that patients wait at least two weeks before wearing their contacts.

Will I Have Visible Scars?

In most cases, you will not have noticeable scars after eyelid surgery. For upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelid, so they are nicely concealed once healed. Lower blepharoplasty is performed by making incisions either just below the lash line or within the inner eyelid, so these scars will also be concealed.

What’s the Best Option for Sagging Brows?

It’s common for sagging brows to be present in those who have drooping eyelid skin. While blepharoplasty can only treat the eyelids, a brow lift (sometimes called a forehead lift) is the perfect option for correcting cosmetic concerns above the eyebrows.

Using well-concealed incisions along the hairline, Dr. Hershcovitch can tighten the underlying tissues and gently reposition them during a brow lift. The result is a smoother, wrinkle-free forehead with youthfully positioned eyebrows. This procedure can also be performed endoscopically, which is minimally invasive and requires much shorter recovery time.

What Other Procedures are Performed with Eyelid Surgery?

Several other procedures can complement the results of eyelid surgery. Many patients choose to pair their blepharoplasty with a facelift to treat aging from the midface down to the neck.

For those who don’t feel ready for a facelift, injectables perfectly bridge the gap between non-invasive treatments and surgical procedures. If you’ve been researching your options for facial rejuvenation, then you’ve probably come across products like Restylane, Juvéderm, and Radiesse. These injectables are called dermal fillers, and they work by replenishing volume to the face. This has several effects:

  • Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restores volume under the eyes and to other areas that have lost fullness
  • Provides structure and lift to areas that are starting to droop

Injectables like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin (known as “neuromodulators”) are also great alternatives if you’re not ready for facial surgery. Neuromodulators reduce the appearance of movement-related wrinkles by relaxing certain facial muscles. They are often injected near the eye area to reduce crow’s feet and creases between the eyebrows.

Are You a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?

While board-certified plastic surgeons are perfectly qualified to perform blepharoplasty, it’s beneficial to choose a surgeon who is specifically board certified in facial plastic surgery. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a separate governing body from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and requires specialized training for surgery of the face, head, and neck. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Hershcovitch have a deep understanding of facial anatomy, allowing them to produce superior results that blend in seamlessly with the natural architecture of a patient’s face.

If you’re considering blepharoplasty and you’re ready to take the next step, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule a private consultation today. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who provides the highest level of surgical care and artistry for those seeking cosmetic enhancements.

Awaken Your Appearance with an Eyelid Lift

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can dramatically improve your appearance and brighten up your face. This procedure removes excess skin, tightens muscles, and repositions the tissue surrounding the eyes. The result is smoother skin with a defined and youthful eyelid contour.

With a relatively quick recovery and a short procedure time, eyelid surgery is a great option for those seeking facial rejuvenation but who aren’t ready for more invasive procedures. Discover how this popular surgery can awaken your appearance and address common age-related changes.

How Blepharoplasty Rejuvenates the Face

Removes Excess Skin

Over time, the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes lose elasticity. As collagen and elastin decline, the skin starts to droop and sag. This is one of the main reasons why people seek blepharoplasty. Drooping eyelid skin can affect the overall aesthetic of your face and may cause an angry, tired, or upset appearance. In some cases, sagging eyelid skin can also obscure vision.

During blepharoplasty, Dr. Hershcovitch restores the natural contour of the upper eyelids by trimming excess skin. For those who have drooping lower eyelids, a lower blepharoplasty can also be performed to fully rejuvenate the eyes. Even though a small amount of skin is removed, these subtle adjustments can dramatically improve your appearance while allowing you to still look like yourself.

Reduces Eyebags and Puffiness

While sagging eyelid skin is usually the top complaint for patients considering blepharoplasty, under-eye puffiness is another concern. As you age, the pad of subcutaneous fat in your face shifts downward. This downward shifting causes fat to settle beneath the eyes, creating “eyebags.” Puffy under-eye bags can also worsen dark circles and make you look tired, even when you feel great.

Dr. Hershcovitch treats this common issue by carefully repositioning the fat pad so that a smooth, even texture is produced. He will also remove any excess fat to make sure puffiness is reduced. The key to achieving natural-looking results with this technique is to leave enough fat so the under-eye area still looks youthful. When too much fat is removed, it can actually create hollowness under the eyes. With a balanced approach, Dr. Hershcovitch restores a bright, youthful look without compromising your natural features.

Corrects Hooded Lids

Blepharoplasty isn’t always sought for facial aging alone. Some men and women with naturally hooded eyelids would prefer to have more lid space. Others feel that their hooded lids give their eyes a heavy or tired appearance. In either case, eyelid surgery can correct these cosmetic concerns.

Blepharoplasty for hooded eyelids is designed to remove small amounts of skin so that more lid space is revealed to brighten up the eyes. This procedure is also an excellent choice for those who lack an eyelid crease and want to have a more defined eyelid contour.

Softens Lines and Wrinkles

While topical products can help soften the appearance of fine lines, there’s only so much they can do. Many patients choose blepharoplasty to reduce bothersome wrinkles, especially the deep skin folds that tend to develop beneath the eyes.

During lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Hershcovitch will make an incision either just below the lower lash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid. This ensures that no resultant scars will be visible. Through these small incisions he will tighten muscles that have started to droop, and gently re-drape the tissue for a refreshed look.

Other Options to Consider

If you don’t feel ready for blepharoplasty, there are non-surgical options available that produce great results for minor cosmetic concerns. One option that many patients turn to is Botox. Botox injections force certain facial muscles to relax, which softens the appearance of movement-related wrinkles such as crow’s feet and creases between the eyebrows. Botox can also provide subtle lift to the eyebrows.

If your main concerns are undereye circles and hollowing under the eyes, dermal fillers are a perfect choice. These injectables reduce dark circles by replenishing volume under the eyes. They can also fill in lines and wrinkles and produce a smooth, supple skin texture.

If you’re ready to take the next step but you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule a personal consultation today. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to delivering personalized, natural-looking results for those seeking cosmetic enhancements.