Have you ever considered having a cosmetic procedure? These days, many cosmetic treatments and procedures are widely available. Whether you want to improve your appearance, look more awake, or love what you see in the mirror more, there are procedures that can help you feel better about the way you look.

Traverse City Eye offers minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and treatments that can subtly enhance your appearance. Keep reading to learn more about which cosmetic procedure or treatment could be right for you!

Cosmetic Treatments and Procedures

Many people think of cosmetic treatments as less valuable than medical treatments. However, having a cosmetic procedure can improve your overall health.

Being unhappy with your appearance can affect your self-confidence, and signs of aging are a widespread cosmetic concern. Enhancing your appearance with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures can help you gain or regain confidence, improving your mental health.

You can rejuvenate your appearance and, in turn, feel more youthful and energetic. The highly experienced team of doctors and surgeons at Traverse City Eye can help you safely achieve the look you want.

But what procedure is right for you? Traverse City Eye offers patients blepharoplasty and Xeomin to help you love the skin you’re in!

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that helps treat the appearance of sagging and droopy eyelids. It can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or both.

Drooping eyelids are caused by poor skin elasticity, a common side effect of aging. As you age, the tissue in your skin starts to break down, causing it to become less firm, leading to sagging, drooping, and less flexibility.

Sagging upper eyelids can make your eyes appear hooded and even get in the way of your vision. Sagging lower eyelids also cause bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty tightens your eyelids and smooths out bags under the eyes for a more alert and youthful appearance.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is sometimes considered medically necessary if your drooping eyelids significantly impede your vision. In such cases, your health insurance may cover some of the cost of the procedure.

What is Xeomin?

Xeomin is an injectable, non-surgical treatment for improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. These lines are “dynamic” wrinkles created by repeated muscle movement.

These lines include crow’s feet, frown lines (and most lines around the lips and nose created by facial movements), and forehead lines. 

Xeomin can treat stubborn lines and wrinkles on your face by relaxing the muscles that form them. It’s injected directly into these specific facial muscles.

The surrounding muscles then take over making facial movements, softening the lines created by the injected muscle. This injectable treatment is non-invasive and quite safe. Xeomin is sometimes used for medical purposes, like treating muscle spasms. 

Is Blepharoplasty or Xeomin Right for You?

Which of these procedures or treatments is right for you depends on what concerns you want to have treated. If you have drooping eyelids or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty could be the best choice. Xeomin cannot treat wrinkles caused by sagging skin; only lines on your face are created by repeated muscle movement. 

Xeomin is the best choice if your primary concern is crow’s feet or other frustrating lines. Blepharoplasty only treats sagging eyelids and cannot treat other areas of the face.

If you want to treat both sagging eyelids and facial lines, you may want to consider having a blepharoplasty and Xeomin. Although you cannot have them at the same time, you can have Xeomin injected once you’ve recovered from blepharoplasty for maximum results.

Other Considerations

It’s also important to understand what each procedure entails beyond what Xeomin and blepharoplasty treat. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure.

It’s minimally invasive and usually performed as an outpatient procedure, but it requires some recovery time. Xeomin is a cosmetic procedure that has no recovery, but it’s only temporary.

The injections last 3-6 months, although you can have repeat injections to maintain your appearance. On the other hand, blepharoplasty has long-lasting results, making your eyes appear more youthful and alert for years to come.

Both Xeomin and blepharoplasty help patients achieve subtle and natural-looking results. They are also not extreme or highly invasive, so they have a low risk of complications. If you are a good candidate for these, either may be a good option.

The Best Candidates for a Cosmetic Procedure

To have any cosmetic procedure, you need to be in good health, with no conditions that may interfere with the treatment or, in the case of blepharoplasty, the healing process. Our experienced surgeons will evaluate you to ensure your procedure of choice is as safe as possible.

The best candidates for blepharoplasty have sagging eyelids. The best candidates for Xeomin have lines on their faces.

If you have sagging eyelids and lines on your face, you may be able to have both at different times. However, if you’ve never had a cosmetic procedure before, Xeomin may be a good place to start, as it’s non-surgical, and the effects aren’t permanent. 

To learn more and determine whether one of these could be right for you, schedule your appointment at Traverse City Eye in Traverse City, MI, today! Why not take a chance and love the way you look?