If you are a believer that the eyes are a true gateway to the soul, you also appreciate the warm smile and glowing confidence that comes from taking care of your body and being the very best version of your beautiful self!
Ask Dr. Neal D. Goldman of the Goldman Center for Facial Plastic Surgery about the first expression he hears from potential patients, and he’ll share with you that so many women come to his office echoing the same sentiment: “My mother did this, but I never thought I would!”
These prospective patients admit they are hearing well-meaning friends ask if they feel especially tired, or sometimes, even angry. In most cases, that’s enough to start the thought process, and initiate a conversation with Dr. Goldman! He suggests standing at a mirror and lifting your brow up at the very end: Is that image looking back at you more the way you’d prefer to look?
If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Goldman Center for Facial Plastic Surgery – with its office in Advance, NC, and a satellite office in Boone, NC – knows your eyes speak volumes, and they are proudly dedicated to enhancing that already lovely face you see in the mirror.Dr. Goldman is double board certified, from both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
“Prospective patients – most typically in their late 40s – can be nervous,” he says. “They tend to prefer instant gratification, such as a non-invasive cream. But often they don’t realize what they truly need is actually eyelid surgery or a brow lift.”
Dr. Goldman explains that younger patients can often address the upper eyelids alone. The procedure, known as blepharoplasty, is a straightforward, 45-minute process. For the upper eyelids, the incision line is placed at the natural eyelid crease, and excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed. Since the incision is placed in a natural crease, it’s frequently almost invisible after surgery.
A number of options exist for lower eyelid surgery, but the most common approach at the Goldman Center is transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is placed inside the eyelid, invisible from the outside. Adding an endoscopic brow lift opens up the eyes, and promotes an overall more youthful look, lifting that heavy tissue that seems to fall more at the sides and can make us look tired and angry. Incisions can often be placed behind the hairline as well. A brow lift can also help improve vision in many patients, especially if heavy tissue has been hanging down a bit too far. The average recovery time for the upper eyelid procedure alone is eight days, while most patients who choose to do their eyelids and the brow lift take two weeks off work for recovery, unless bruising or swelling persists.
Some patients have more of a textural issue – such as crinkling on the eyelids – where Retin A can be used to tighten the skin and even skin tone. In addition, never overlook the value and life-long benefits of a good skincare regimen, which can offer suitable results for many patients. Dr. Goldman can assist you in choosing the most optimum daily care for your particular skin type.
Perhaps the best news of all, patients are not as self-conscious about choosing plastic surgery as they once were, and the Goldman team sees many who are even proud to share their stories of success.
“Times have certainly changed,” says Dr. Goldman. “When I came to North Carolina in 1999, it was more secretive. Today, people aren’t ashamed to talk about it.”
With so many options available, Dr. Goldman and his staff look forward to discussing what’s best for your unique situation. Their office is located at 108 Dornach Way, Advance, NC, 336-245-9595, or at 717 Greenway Road, Boone, NC, 828-278-9230. Visit FacialPlasticSurgeryNC.com to learn more about their practice and philosophy.