Are Your Eyes Bad For Your Business?

By R. Samuel Bryant, MD, Cometic Surgeon

October 7, 2010


Ask anyone:  what’s the first thing that you notice when you meet someone? Chances are they will say the eyes. A simple look says volumes. We show emotion, elicit trust, offer friendship. All with our eyes.


Your upper and lower eyelids, as well as the small creases at the corners of your eyes, are the first places on your face that say, “Hey you’re getting older and I’m giving away your age.”


In the business world they may say even more.  And they may be sending out messages that don’t reflect how you actually feel. Your eyes may suggest that you are angry, warning others away.  They may make you look tired and overworked, even though you are well rested. Or they may make you look older, suggesting that a younger associate may be a better choice for business in the upcoming years.


These first impressions are far too valuable to allow an inaccurate one to have such a powerful affect. And often the problem can be easily remedied, for both men and women.


Blepharoplasty is the surgical term for an eyelid procedure to remove the excess skin and wrinkles from your eyelids. This type of surgery can quickly remove signs of aging, or inappropriate expressions of anger, sadness or fatigue. It can give you a fresher, more energetic, appearance.


The procedure is frequently performed in the surgeon’s office, using local anesthesia. Since sedative medications are avoided, there is less chance of nausea afterwards.  Post-operative pain is not excessive and can be easily managed with mild or moderate pain medications. Bruising and swelling are reduced by applying cold packs or ice, for one or two days after surgery. Still, some bruising may occur.  Generally it can be concealed with cosmetics or dark glasses. Overall recovery varies from patient to patient, but time away from work may be only three days to a week.


Usually, blepharoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery. The office procedure costs about three thousand dollars for the upper and lower eyelids. It may be partly covered by insurance if there is significant blockage of vision by the upper eyelids. This can be assessed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Your plastic surgeon can help you decide if you may be such a candidate. 


If you would like more information about blepharoplasty, or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Bryant Cosmetic Surgery at 402.484.7001.


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