Eye Lift/Blepharoplasty Bellevue & Seattle

Are sagging skin and eyelid bags making you look worn out and upset when you aren't? Are you tired of people frequently saying you look tired? You can change your appearance with an eye lift and get that youthful look again.

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Dr. Philip Young discovered a new theory on beauty and understands the importance of the eyes to facial beauty. The eyes and irises are what his theory is based on. Let’s face it: we spend most of our time looking at someone's irises when we meet and talk to others. Ideally, the shape and size of the face should be related to the eyes. Beautifying the eyes can have the most dramatic impact to the overall beauty on your face. You could benefit from the power of beauty from dating to advancement in the workplace. Beauty can make that difference that gives you an edge in life.

Dr. Young is an experienced eye lift/blepharoplasty surgeon with more than 12 years of experience. He is double board certified and has performed between 400 and 800 cosmetic and reconstructive procedures each year. He is a published author of multiple chapters in major textbooks regarding facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and of multiple scientific journal articles. Dr. Young won the Sir Harold Delf Gillies Award for his theory on beauty called the Circles of Prominence. With this theory, Dr. Young and his team gets you the best results for an eye lift and renew the look in your eyes.

"The answer to beauty is found in the eyes," said Dr. Young from the Circles of Prominence. His theory explains how the size of your iris determines the proportional size of all your other facial features. And what happens if your eyes seem small because they are hooded or overwhelmed by the eyelid? The rest of your features like your nose or chin seem larger and out of proportion. It creates an imbalance.

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What Is an Eyelift?

The eye lift blepharoplasty defines the removal of the excess skin in the eyelid and the shaping of the eyelid region. It does not mean changing the shape or position of the eyebrow.

The eye lift blepharoplasty can include the removal of the eye muscles, specifically the orbicularis muscle. The incision can be conveniently hidden in the eyelid crease. If you remove just the area of skin right above the eye, you can have a bunching and an excess amount of skin and tissue lateral to the eye.

The lower eyelid eye lift concentrates on removing skin and muscle, especially the fat under the eyes. The lateral extension is similar to the upper eyelid lift. If some of the skin is taken just under the eye, you'll have a bunching on the side. The lateral extension provides better access in removing the fat in the lower eyelid. This procedure is good when the lower eyelid fat is excessively large. We determine whether your lower eyelid bags and hollows are due to a volume loss underneath the bags rather than a buildup of fat in the lower eyelid. A replacement of volume is the most natural solution to make your lower eyelid area and cheek look better.

How Much Skin Should Be Taken Out?

How much skin should I have taken out in the upper and lower eyelid lift? This is an important question because it can determine a lot of different things.

How much can your eyes look differently depending on how much skin you remove from your face. It is possible that your crease can be elevated more which means having more skin removed. In some situations, you may not want to take too much skin because your eyelid crease may go too high. It could be a major change on your face.

Some people want to take less skin for a more subtle improvement and a gradual change. They plan to have more skin taken at a later date. The initial procedure will provide more subtle results and not be as noticeable. What percentage do you feel comfortable with as far as how much skin is taken from your upper eyelid lift? This question has helped many of our patients decide how much they want taken out. In our discussions, we concentrate on how much pulling should be made in the lower eyelid. It is always better to be conservative in your skin and muscle removal in the lower eyelid. Otherwise, you can get what an ectropion or entropion which reveals more white underneath your iris.

“My goal was to find a method to bring back a person’s natural youthfulness without the operated, unnatural look and that is why I have my patients bring in photos of them when they were age 5 to 30. My YoungVitalizer helps restore natural and youthful contours they haven’t seen in years.”

—Dr. Philip Young, Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

Should I Take Orbicularis Muscle in the Upper Eyelid Lift?

Taking the orbicularis muscle with the skin in the upper eyelid lift can be beneficial, especially if you have significant puffiness. If you have hollowness in your upper eyelid, taking skin may be a better option because the orbicularis is left behind giving you some needed volume.

Hollowness can be better treated with volume like the YoungVitalizer. If you are adding volume in the upper eyelid, you might consider volume in the forehead and the temple and make your whole upper third of your face look younger in a natural way.

Eyelift Options

One of the earliest signs of aging occurs around the eyes caused by baggy skin, eye bags, puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles, vision problems and aging. There are multiple treatments to restore the eye area’s natural beauty, including temporary options like Botox and Dysport and injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Juvéderm.

Botox/Dysport

Neuromuscular products like Botox/Dysport can be used to help with wrinkles around the eyes. Placing these products between the eyes can decrease the vertical wrinkles in the area. These wrinkles are often referred to as the “Elevens” wrinkles.

You can place Botox on the sides of the eyes to help the crow’s feet. When the “Elevens” and the crow’s feet are treated at the same time, your eyebrows may elevate even further and improve the appearance of the eyes through what is called the “Liquid/Chemical Brow Lift.” Some of the wrinkles under the eyes can also be improved by Botox/Dysport.

Brow Lift

A brow lift procedure can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. By lifting the eyebrows, the eyes achieve a lightening effect. The brows are less likely to cast a shadow on the eye. A brow lifting procedure can pull some of the extra skin in the upper eyelids upwards and away from the eyes. When should you consider a brow lift?

Dr. Young believes that the distance between the eyelid margin (location of the eyelashes) and bottom of the brow should be ideally around one iris width in distance (the colored part of the eye). Even if you are at this distance, you can still lift the eyebrows a bit more. Once the distance is much greater than an iris width, a surprised look will result (anything more than one and a half iris widths). The brow lift is mainly used for the upper eyelid and eyebrow areas. It should not be used for the lower eyelid bags and hollows.

Facial Implants

Facial Implants are an option for rejuvenating the eyes, especially for the lower eyelids. Through a tear trough implant, you can add volume to the area under the lower eyelid along the inferior orbital rim. This implant tends to decrease the hollowing under the lower eyelid and improve the bags in this area. The procedure is usually performed through an eyelid incision that runs under the eye lashes in the lower eyelid. You can have an incision made inside the eyelid, which is called the trans conjunctival approach.

Fillers

Fillers can be used to add volume and improve the eye through the lifting of the eyes. A loss of volume plays a major role in the aging of the face. Your face drops back and then down. When you add volume and rejuvenate with fillers, your face gets pushed back out and up in the process (where it started before the aging process).

Fillers can add volume in the hollow under the eyes similar to the tear trough implant. The versatility is being able to place the filler in areas other than the inferior orbital rim. The drawback of these fillers is their temporary nature with most of them lasting between six months to a year.

Fat Injections

Fat grafting is adding fat to the hollow lower lids and fat transfer bringing volume to the area above the eyes for a more youthful appearance. The best part is no need for incisions. With his unique understanding of facial aesthetics, Dr. Young can bring a natural and youthful look to your eyes without the appearance that you had a procedure done.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing takes care of the wrinkles around the eyes where extra skin and droopy skin can be pulled up and reduced. However, the amount of reduction is less than what can be achieved through traditional eye lifts and face lifting procedures. But there are many benefits to laser resurfacing, including increasing the collagen layer within the skin to help camouflage lower eyelid dark circles.

Dark circles are created from tissue loss within the lower eyelid resulting in the thinning of the skin, which allows the orbicularis eye muscle and its dark hue to show through the skin. A loss of tissue along the inferior orbital rim (relative to the lower eyelid fat pads and the droopy tissue in the middle of the cheek) can lead to a shadowing effect under the lower eyelid fat pads that give that dark circle appearance. This element can be improved with fat injections, facial implants, or fillers along the inferior orbital rim. You can also remove the lower eyelid fat pads through a lower eyelid blepharoplasty/eye lift.

Mid Face Lift

A cheek lift and lifting the middle face can improve the appearance of the lower eyelids and bags by being a part of the lower eyelid lift. By lifting the cheeks, you can pull the highlights closer to the eye for a brightening effect. We believe there are better ways to achieve the same effect with better results through the YoungVitalizer.

Before Eyelift | Blepharoplasty for Hooded | Droopy | Extra Skin in the Upper Eyes

After Eyelift | Blepharoplasty for Hooded | Droopy | Extra Skin in the Upper Eyes

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

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Cost of an Eyelift Surgery

This is a popular question. The price for an eyelift surgery depends on a number of factors.

The upper or lower eyelids can range between $1500 and $6000. It includes all of the costs: anesthesia, facility fees, supplies, and surgeon fee. Typically, the price for an upper eyelid eye lift surgery is $2000-5000 for surgeon fee, $500 for anesthesia, and $1,000 for facility fee (nursing, surgical tech, supplies, operating room, etc). The cost for the lower eyelid lift has the same breakdown.

Of all the things that could change the most, the surgeon’s fee depends on his experience, popularity and location. Surgeons in metropolitan cities like Los Angeles charge much more. The anesthesia fee has less variation between $250 and $450 per hour. Facility fees could vary ranging from $1,000 and $2,000 per hour depending on location.

In addition to these considerations, there may be other things that add to the cost, including adjunctive procedures like laser resurfacing, brow lifting, fillers and fat injections. To get the best estimate, come in for consultation and review what kind of procedure you are looking for and what you aim to have done to improve your appearance.

“I just wanted to leave a note and say that my procedure with Dr. Young approximately 6 years ago took years off my face. He did an excellent job and I am still enjoying the results. It was very much worth the downtime. I look exactly like myself, just younger. Thanks, again!”


— C.J., 40’s caucasian female from North Lynnwood, WA

“He gave me my confidence back that I thought I would never get back. I can now look in the mirror and actually love what I see and not have to deal with pitted scars in my face. If you or anyone you know who thinks they have to just live with these scars, don't!”


— Ator A., 20’s Eastern Indian from Ontario, Canada

“My procedure went great and I left the office with no concerns and all of my questions answered. I have never felt so good about myself and my appearance. I have you to thank for that Dr. Young. My new nose is perfect, I cannot thank you enough for this new look on life.”


— Nicole R., Fabulous Rhinoplasty

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