There are many ways in which we subconsciously judge other people upon meeting them.
It isn’t fair, but appearance gives subtle cues and insights that influence our initial impressions of strangers.
While we can control some aspects of our appearance easily, such as clothing choices, and hairstyles, there are also surprising aspects of aging that can negatively impact first impressions, including facial expression.
As we age, we begin to lose collagen in the skin, an essential component in skin structure. Loss of collagen makes the skin thinner and less elastic, making it begin to sag and wrinkle.
These wrinkles can do more than make us look older—they can also create unwanted facial expressions like anger, disinterest, and fatigue when the face is at rest.
When you look in the mirror, does your resting facial expression match how you feel? Do you look older than you should? Do you look older than you feel? Early signs of aging often start in the eye area, and when skin begins to thin and sag, problems like permanent under-eye bags can form, and loss of volume in the eye area can create a harsh appearance. Looking sad or tired all the time can affect people’s judgments of you and even make you feel those emotions at times. Aging in the eye area can make your entire face look older.
First Impressions in the Workplace
One of the most important ways misinterpreted first impressions can negatively impact our lives is in the workplace. Job interviews, meetings, and client relations can all be impacted by the non-verbal cues we give. Unfortunately, the resting expressions caused by aging can be a big part of that, and it may not be obvious at first. If you think your aging eyes might be giving the wrong messages in the workplace, then you may want to consider facial plastic surgery or treatments to help improve your resting expression and restore a youthful appearance to your face.
How Is It Fixed?
Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a popular procedure for rejuvenating the eye area to achieve a more youthful appearance and expression. The surgery is performed through well-hidden, small incisions places in the creases of the eyelids or on the inside of the lower lid. Fat is removed or repositioned as needed, and excess skin is carefully removed for a refreshed appearance. Blepharoplasty is often performed under local anesthetic with sedation, but some patients prefer to undergo general anesthesia. Most people find that they can return to work within two weeks, but it may take the incisions up to a year to fade.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The surgery is elective, so patients need to be in good health in order to minimize risks as much as possible. While blepharoplasty is a very safe procedure, some people are not good candidates. Good candidates for blepharoplasty:
- Are in good health
- Have moderate sagging in the eye area
- Do not smoke
- Are not taking certain medications
- Have realistic expectations
Remember, only a board certified facial plastic surgeon can assess individual candidacy, an aspect of your procedure that will be discussed during your consultations.
Less Invasive Options
Some people want to improve their appearance, but don’t want to undergo surgery. While blepharoplasty is the most effective procedure for eye rejuvenation, there are other options for anti-aging, including fillers, chemical peels, and other mild to moderate treatments. If you’re interested in non-surgical aging, the best course of action is to discuss your options with a qualified facial plastic surgeon and get a custom recommendation to suit your needs.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon is not an easy process, and it doesn’t just have to do with which surgeon in your area has the best credentials. Many qualified doctors may not be a fit for every patient, and it is important to choose a surgeon based on both credentials and rapport. Make sure to see examples of potential surgeons’ work before you make a decision on scheduling your consultations, and only meet with experienced, board certified surgeons.
If you are looking for expert help in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri is the state of Michigan’s first surgeon to be board certified in plastic surgery, and he also holds board certification in Otolaryngology (head & neck surgery), and sleep medicine. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Masri, call 866-487-3223 today.