One of the side effects of having to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic is that more people are paying attention to the upper half of the face. Since the lower half is hidden by the mask, it makes sense that people are paying more attention to how their upper half looks to others. While some people are confident in their appearance while wearing a mask, there are others that want to make a change in the look of the upper part of the face since that is the area viewed by the public on a regular basis. Now that a growing number of people work at home, they don’t have to worry about taking time off work for recovery from a cosmetic procedure. Check out these eye-catching cosmetic procedures that enhance and rejuvenate the appearance of the upper part of the face.
One of the reasons that Botox has remained a popular choice with those wearing a mask is because patients still want to remain confident in their appearance at all times. Some patients decide to have Botox injections around the eyes in order to relax the facial muscles as well as soften the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet that can be found around the sides of the eyes. Besides the Botox treatment in the area around the eyes, some patients also decide to have Botox placed in the forehead to eliminate and smooth the look of frown lines in that area.
When it comes to the eyes, Botox only weakens the muscles that pull in a downward motion. In other words, patients enjoy a lift in the appearance of the treated area. Their eyes have a more rested look that is lacking in fine lines, wrinkles and under-eye darkness that help to give an older look to the skin.
Botox is often used for more than treating the appearance of the forehead or the eyes. Botox brow lifts are also growing in popularity and it involves the Botox being placed directly under the eyebrow. The placement in this area allows the Botox to both tighten and smooth the skin that sits in the area that is right between the eyelid and the eyebrow. The result is a rejuvenated and youthful look to the eyes thanks to a lift in the brow arch.
While there is little to no downtime after having Botox injections, the results are not permanent. Whether a person decides to have Botox placed to treat the area around the eyes or the brow, it will be necessary to have follow-up treatments in order to maintain the results. In general, Botox can last anywhere from 4-6 months before another treatment will be necessary to continue to enjoy the desired results.
Patients that want to enjoy a more permanent change to the appearance of their eyes often turn to eyelid surgery, AKA blepharoplasty, to alter the appearance of the eyes. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes by eliminating the look of bags under the eyes as well as puffy upper eyelids. In addition, patients that have eyelid surgery can also have excess skin and fat removed that might be blocking their vision.
When it comes to eyelid surgery, patients have two options to gain the results they desire:
Unlike Botox, which is a non-invasive treatment, eyelid surgery involves a surgical procedure so patients need to be prepared for a week of recovery time after the procedure. They will see some swelling as well as bruising around the area targeted for the surgical procedure. The final result is a more youthful and refreshed appearance that can last anywhere from 10-15 years. While the results are considered to be long-lasting, patients are still going to be impacted by the aging process.
When discussing the topic of cosmetic surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic, patients should be aware of the increased safety measures recommended by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Some of the recommendations include:
In addition, patients should contact the medical office in advance to ask any questions or voice any concerns they have concerning the precautions the office is taking when it comes to COVID-19 and patient safety. An informed patient is an educated patient and that means the person knows what to expect when it comes to Botox treatments, a brow lift and other cosmetic surgery procedures that highlight and rejuvenate the area of the face that is visible above a mask worn for COVID-19 safety.