The eyes are the mirror of the soul and it is no coincidence that the treatments to improve the appearance of the eyes – first and foremost, upper and lower blepharoplasty and non-surgical blepharoplasty – are a request that comes from both men and women of all ages. A professional cosmetic plastic surgeon can in these cases assess whether blepharoplasty, which is the key intervention in the rejuvenation of the eyes, is the most appropriate solution or whether the conditions for an aesthetic medicine treatment exist. Regardless of whether or not blepharoplasty is the choice, the goal is always to meet the needs of patients in a way that is compatible with their clinical conditions and expectations.
Choosing the right treatment for fresher, younger looking eyes
In order to improve the appearance of the eyes, the comsetic surgeon has at their disposal numerous treatment tools that belong on the one hand to aesthetic medicine and on the other to cosmetic surgery. The choice between surgical blepharoplasty and non-invasive treatment always requires a thorough discussion between the specialist and the patient and a thorough analysis of the situation. Aesthetic medicine treatments are called non-surgical blepharoplasty and make it possible to treat minor imperfections around the eye area. Facial fillers, for example, can be used when surgical blepharoplasty is not necessary, i.e. in cases where there are small wrinkles, or situations where there is a lack of uniformity of the features. In this case, since it is not surgical blepharoplasty, the treatment is completed in a single outpatient session.
When surgical blepharoplasty is necessary
On the other hand, cosmetic surgery may be useful in other cases, such as excessive eyelid bags or droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty then becomes necessary: it is divided into upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty and in some patients both can be combined. The patient, however, may also have volume deficits and in this case it is possible, regardless of blepharoplasty, to use volumising agents, i.e. tools specific to both aesthetic medicine and cosmetic surgery. The former, in fact, offers facial fillers, while the latter uses lipofilling or fat transfer, i.e. the use of the patient's autologous fat as a filler.
The results of surgical blepharoplasty and non-invasive options
The results achieved through cosmetic surgery, such as upper or lower blepharoplasty, are permanent and long-lasting, unlike aesthetic medicine treatments – such as facial fillers or other non-invasive procedures for non-surgical blepharoplasty – which give temporary effects of varying duration depending on the type of treatment and the methods used.
Over the years, aesthetic medicine has developed more and more practical and advanced tools that have a medium-long and satisfactory duration. Both in the case of surgical blepharoplasty and filler treatments, the patient's habits and the care that they give to themselves contribute decisively to the success of the treatment, not only in the period after surgery but also over time and in everyday life.
The choice of the specialist
One of the most important moments when considering the rejuvenation of the appearance of the eyes, whether we are talking about blepharoplasty or not, is when the patient turns to the medical professional, expressing what he/she expects and wants to achieve. The role of the cosmetic surgeon is central in carefully analysing the situation presented by the patient and identifying the most effective method of intervention, choosing from a number of options which, at times, can also be combined.
After blepharoplasty or an aesthetic treatment, it is always good to consider a few precautions. In the case of aesthetic medicine treatments, such as facial fillers, these are reduced to a minimum because the treatment, as we have seen, generally ends in a single session, does not require total anaesthesia and does not require medium-long recovery times during which it is necessary to rest from normal daily activities. On the other hand, cosmetic surgery procedures such as upper or lower blepharoplasty, although they have become increasingly less invasive over the years, need longer recovery times and greater attention to post-surgery.