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The eyes tell all, as they say—even your age. Due to the delicate, extremely thin skin around the eye area, eyes are generally the first facial feature to show signs of aging including dark circles, crow’s feet, and bags or swelling. These age-related changes have a huge impact on your appearance, making you look and feel older and more tired than you really are.
It’s no surprise then that Americans are dead set on disguising aging eyes. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), blepharoplasty (eye lift) was the second-most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in 2012. The majority of patients who elected to have blepharoplasty were 35–60 years old. The procedure is also the most popular surgical procedure among Asian Americans looking to lift lids and create the appearance of wider, more western eyes.
Long considered the gold standard for eye rejuvenation and to remove puffiness or lower eyelid bags, loose skin and hooding of the eyelids, the AAFPRS reports that blepharoplasty on average costs less than $4,000. Thanks to advances in esthetic technologies however, there are other options that help rejuvenate eyes and bridge the gap between surgery and eye creams.
“The eyes are expressive, and can convey a tired, sad or angry appearance as the result of aging or genetic features, not reflecting the true emotions,” says AAFPRS President Edward H. Farrior, MD, FACS. “A blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by removing excess fat and redundant eyelid skin. No matter what option you choose, make sure you trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon.”
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world's largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provide consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website, www.AAFPRS.org.