Cat Eye Lift Surgery FAQs
(Part 1)

Answers to Cat Eye Lift Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)

Cat eye surgery – sometimes called a fox eye lift – is quickly becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery requests Dr. Ali receives from patients across the entire Detroit area.

The cat eye look has been prized for thousands of years – even as far back as ancient Egypt. Cleopatra’s dramatic cat eye was achieved using kohl, as far back as 50 BC. And who can forget Marilyn Monroe’s and Bridget Bardot’s classic cat eye makeup in the 1960s? Of course, back then, the only way to achieve a cat eye look was with strategically placed eyeliner.

Today, however, the fox eye look can be made permanent with cat eye lift surgery (canthoplasty). Popularized by many young models, singers, and influencers, cat eye surgery is one of today’s most fashionable cosmetic surgery procedures. Allegedly Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande and Kendal Jenner have all gotten their beautiful almond cat eyes not from genetics but from canthoplasty surgery.

Now, the same celebrity cat lift eye surgery is being performed in the Detroit area by renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. In this two-part article Dr. Ali answers his Detroit area patients’ most Frequently Asked Questions about cat eye surgery.

What is Cat Surgery?

Cat eye (or fox eye) surgery is a specific type of eyelid lift medically known as ‘canthoplasty’ performed by a plastic surgeon. Canthoplasty tightens and elongates the eye horizontally, slightly lifting the out corners of the eye, by surgically altering the ‘lateral canthus’ (the corner where the eyelids meet).

Canthoplasty lifts and repositions the canthus (outer corner of the eye) to literally change the shape of the eye – giving it a more upwardly angled, almond shape.

Who is a Good Candidate for Cat Eye Surgery?

Originally, canthoplasty surgery was typically used to correct the eyes of patients over 50 that were drooping at the corners due to age. It was often done in combination with blepharoplasty which removes excess skin, fat, and bags around the eyes.

However, when used to create cat eyes, canthoplasty is now most commonly performed on women younger than fifty – in their 20s, 30s and 40s – for cosmetic rather than anti-aging purposes.

Because this surgery only requires extremely small incisions and has a relatively fast recovery period, most adult women of any age who are in good health can safely undergo this plastic surgery. Women with scarring disorders, eye conditions, underlying medical conditions should discuss their situation with Dr. Ali before opting for cat eye surgery.

Is Cat Eye Surgery Permanent?

Yes and no. Canthoplasty is a permanent surgery, in that it literally changes the shape and position of the eyes. However, it must be kept in mind that even plastic surgery cannot stop time completely. After cat eye surgery one’s skin will continue to age.

Every person ages differently, and there are a number of personal factors that will affect the lifespan of any cosmetic surgery. Some factors are beyond one’s control. The patient’s hereditary aging process and skin laxity, as well as gravity, will continue to take its toll on any person’s skin.

However, making good lifestyle choices will extend the lifespan of any plastic surgery results. Good nutrition and ongoing proper skin care can extend the longevity of cat eye lift surgery. While, smoking, and UV sun exposure can cause skin to lose tightness and tone prematurely.

How Do I Select a Plastic Surgeon for Cat Eye Lift Surgery?

While eye lift surgery is minimally invasive, it is by no means a ‘simple’ or ‘routine’ surgery. Because canthoplasty is permanent – and because you are dealing with your eyes and your facial appearance – you should only trust your cat eye surgery to a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Ali is one of the few skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons in the Detroit are who offer celebrity quality cat eye lift surgery. Dr. Ali has performed hundreds of eye lift surgeries on patients of all ages and ethnicities with exceptional results.

Dr. Ali is board certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has performed more than 8,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. He has been awarded “Top Doc” by Hour Detroit Magazine multiple years in a row. He is also a “RealSelf” Top Doc, and has a perfect 5 star rating from his patients on Yelp!, Google and Facebook.

Do not trust your eyes to anyone less qualified!


Cat Eye Lift Surgery | Detroit Area

Dr. Ali is a renowned Detroit area board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of cosmetic eye surgeries. While traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid lift) is more common among older patients, more and more younger women in the Birmingham, MI area are turning to cat eye lift surgery (lateral canthoplasty) to get stunning almond eyes like celebrities.

Detroit area board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali combines his artistic eye with state-of-the-art surgical techniques and years of experience for truly spectacular results. If you are considering a cat eye lift procedure, call and schedule a canthoplasty consultation with Dr. Ali today.

Cat Eye Lift Surgery | Detroit Area: 248-335-7200

Cat Eye Lift Surgery FAQs
(Part 2)

Answers to Cat Eye Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)

‘Cat eye’ or ‘fox eye’ surgery is rapidly becoming one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the Birmingham and West Bloomfield, Mi area.

In this two-part article Dr. Ali answers patients’ most Frequently Asked Questions about cat eye surgery. Let us answer you questions below, and then come in for cat eye lift surgery consultation to see if canthoplasty surgery is right for your cosmetic goals.


What Makes Cat Eye Surgery ‘Good’?

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed what makes a good plastic surgeon. Now let’s look at what makes cat eye surgery good, beautiful, and successful.

The human eye can detect difference of as little as 0.1mm (about 0.004 of an inch). So even the subtlest difference in a person’s features can have a huge impact on their appearance. That is why extreme precision is required to elongate and lift the eye to produce a more attractive, almond shaped, cat-like eye shape.

Even tenths of a mm difference in positioning can make eyes look asymmetrical, uneven, or too high. So, accuracy and an artistic eye is essential in your plastic surgeon. Additionally, the almond shaped eye must be harmonious with the angle of the brow and the rest of face to look beautiful and natural.

Finally, minimizing any visible scarring is essential. Any time there is an incision there will be a scar. So the secret is to select a plastic surgeon who uses the smallest incisions possible, while also skillfully positioning them inside of the eyelids or creases so that they will not be visible.

How Can I Know What Cat Eye Surgery Will Look Like on My Face?

With many plastic surgeons, you cannot see your anticipated results before surgery.

However, Dr. Ali is among the first and only aesthetic practices in the Birmingham and West Bloomfield area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging. This revolutionary computerized imaging system provides a three-dimensional digital picture of the patient’s face from every angle – so that Dr. Ali can show you the expected outcomes of your surgery before you undergo canthoplasty.

What is Recovery / Downtime Like After Cat Eye Lift Surgery?

Cat eye surgery patients almost always go home the same day. And recovery time for canthoplasty is minimal, especially compared to many other facial surgeries.

Patients can expect mild to moderate pain for just a day or two. Usually, OTC pain relievers are sufficient to manage the discomfort – but Dr. Ali can give you something stronger of you like.  Patients need to wear a dressing to protect the eye for about a week – which may cause some limited vision for the first week. At your follow up appointment, the bandages will be removed, as well as the tiny sutures (stitches).

Some minor but visible swelling and bruising can last up to two weeks. And full recovery from lateral canthoplasty only takes a few weeks in most cases.

Is Cat Eye Surgery Dangerous?

When performed by a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, canthoplasty surgery has extremely low risk of complications. AS with any surgery there is always the risk of bleeding or infection if the patient does follow proper aftercare instructions. So, it is important to carefully follow the directions you are given to take home with you.

What’s the difference Between Cat Eye Surgery (Canthoplasty) and Cat Eye Thread Lifts?

Thread lift is a procedure in which barbed threads are inserted beneath the surface of the skin via needle. The threads are then pulled up to lift surrounding tissue. While thread lifts are non-surgical and less expensive than surgery, cat-eye thread lifts have several disadvantages over actual canthoplasty surgery.

To begin with, thread lift results typically only last a few months, at best. So, patients must return two or three times a year to maintain results.

Worse, however, is the fact that thread lifts around the eyes can be extremely unnatural results – with tethering and puckering of the skin.  Most patients are extremely dissatisfied with the longevity of thread lifts, and disappointed with the appearance of the skin.

Dr. Ali chooses NOT to perform thread lifts for these reasons. He only offers lateral (temporal) canthoplasty to enhance eye shape – as well as upper and lower blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the area around the eyes.

Is Cat Eye Surgery “Worth It”?

Don’t just take our word for it! 94% of RealSelf users report that cat eye lift surgery is WORTH IT. But, of course, you must decide for yourself.

Schedule a cat eye lift consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery with Dr. Ali, and he will show you the beautiful results you can expect with 3-D Vectra Imaging.

Cat Eye Lift Surgery | Birmingham, MI

Dr. Ali is a renowned Birmingham, MI board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of eye surgeries. While traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid lift surgery) is more common among older patients, more and more younger women in the Birmingham, MI area are turning to cat eye lift surgery (lateral canthoplasty) to get stunning almond eyes just like today’s models and celebrities.

Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali combines his artistic abilities with the most advanced surgical techniques and years of experience to acheive truly spectacular results. If you are considering a cat eye lift procedure, call and schedule a canthoplasty consultation with Dr. Ali today.

Cat Eye Lift Surgery | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

Canthoplasty Surgery – The Celebrity “Fox Eye Lift”

Trending: “Fox Eye Lift” Surgery (Canthoplasty)

The fox eye is currently trending, with young female celebrities from Kendall Jenner to Bella Hadid, and Megan Fox hitting the red carpet with stunning almond-shaped eyes. And while “foxy eye” make-up tutorials abound on TikTok and other social media outlets, the truth is that winged cat-eye eyeliner can’t actually “lift” your eyes.

The big celebrity secret is that many A-List and influencer young women have actually undergone a minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedure called a “canthoplasty” to get that coveted upward slant at the corner of their eyes.

In this article renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali discusses canthoplasty (“fox eye lift”) surgery, so you can decide if it’s right for you!

What is fox eye lift surgery?

Fox eye surgery – medically called canthoplasty – is also known as cat-eye or almond-eye surgery. It is a precise but minimally invasive plastic surgery that lifts and repositions the corner of the eye (lateral canthus).

Fox eye surgery (canthoplasty) can correct drooping lower eyelids or reshape eyes that are more round into an uplifted, highly desirable almond shape.

Canthoplasty is a specific type of blepharoplasty – also known as an eyelid lift – that should only be performed by a skilled, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

Why do women get fox eye lift surgery?

While beauty ideals vary from culture to culture and decade to decade, “cat eyes” are one of those facial features that are universally considered beautiful. From the days of Cleopatra in ancient Egypt, to beautiful Josephine Baker in 1920s France, timeless 1950s beauty icon Marilyn Monroe, and today’s international runway models, women with almond shaped eyes have always been considered stunning.

Additionally, drooping eye corners can make a woman look older, tired, sad, or even angry or unpleasant. While uplifted eye corners impart youthfulness and glamour.

Cat eye eyeliner can help “fake” the general look of almond eyes – but obviously makeup can’t actually uplift the eyes. And as a woman get older, pulling off cat-eye make up becomes harder and harder, if not impossible.

But fox eye surgery (canthoplasty) permanently uplifts the corners of the eyes for a lovely, youthful almond shape.

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Do You think these celebrities have had fox eye lift surgery?

How is fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty) performed?

A traditional upper eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) removes excess skin and fat from the top eyelid. A blepharoplasty is helpful for mature eyelids that have started to droop or become hooded.

Canthoplasty is a technique similar to blepharoplasty (and is often done at the same time as blepharoplasty). During the fox eye lift, the plastic surgeon lifts the outer corners of the eye and makes a very small incisions on the outside corners to stretch them slightly and give them an almond shape. The skin is then sutured into place.

Fox eye lift canthoplasty surgery usually takes under two hours, and in some cases may be performed in-office under local anesthesia with twilight sedation. Patients feels zero pain and the twilight sedation puts them into a light sleep to help reduce their anxiety.

Recovery after fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty)

Patients wake up quickly after twilight sedation but will need someone to drive them home as they may still be groggy, and their eyelids will be bandaged.  However, fox eye lift surgery offers a relatively fast and easy recovery, because the incisions are very small.

Mild pain typically only lasts about one day after canthoplasty surgery. But because the eye area is bandaged, vision will be somewhat limited for about a week after surgery. Patients should keep their heads elevated during the first week of recovery, as well as avoid exercise, strenuous activity and wearing makeup.

Minor tenderness, as well as some bruising and swelling, can take a week or two to subside. But patients generally resume normal activities after the bandages are removed at their follow up appointment in about a week.

How long does fox eye lift surgery last?

Unlike PDO thread lifts that typically only last for around three months, canthoplasty surgery is permanent.

This is a plastic surgery procedure that actually alters the shape of the eyes, so it is very important to choose a skilled and experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for your fox eye lift!

Fox Eye Lift Surgery (Canthoplasty) | Birmingham, MI

Dr. Ali is a renowned Birmingham, MI board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of eye surgeries. While traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid lift) is more common among older patients, more and more younger women in the Birmingham, MI area are turning to fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty) to get stunning almond eyes.

Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali combines his artistic eye with the latest surgical techniques and years of experience for truly spectacular results. If you are considering an eye lift procedure, call and schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Ali today.

Fox Eye Lift Surgery | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

What You Should Know About Blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts)

Blepharoplasty FAQs

Blepharoplasty is an “eyelid lift” surgery that involves tightening and sculpting the upper and sometimes lower eyelids in order. It can be purely cosmetic, to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes. Or it can be medically motivated to improve vision, when sagging upper eyelids obstruct the ability to see.

Blepharoplasty surgery on the upper eyelid can prevent it from drooping. Blepharoplasty surgery on the lower eyelid is generally performed to reduce swelling and puffiness. Whether performed to improve one’s vision or for purely cosmetic purposes, blepharoplasty generally results in the patient looking considerably younger and more well-rested than before their procedure.

In this article Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients most frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty eyelid lift surgery.

Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

In most cases sagging upper eyelid skin is the result of loss of skin tone due to aging. Many people also experience very prominent under eye bags as part of the aging process.

However, “drooping” eyelids can be hereditary. For example, some ethnicities have a flatter facial structure that can leave patients with eyes that they feel do not look sufficiently open.  Drooping eyelids can also, in rare case, be the result of certain medical conditions.

Individuals with loose skin or bulges of fat in their upper eyelid are perfect candidates for upper blepharoplasty. Other good candidates for upper blepharoplasty are people who experience feelings of heaviness in their eyelids, as well as people whose eyelids sag to the point of creating obstruction of their upper field of vision.

Candidates for lower blepharoplasty surgery are people with bags or bulges beneath their eyes. And, many patient undergo a complete eye rejuvenation and have an upper and lower blepharoplasty performed at the same time. Eyelid lift surgery is also often done in conjunction with facelift surgery for a total facial rejuvenation. While the facelift can tighten or remove sagging skin from the lower face and neck, an eyelid lift can brighten and “de-age” the eye area.

What is the best age to have blepharoplasty?

Being a candidate for blepharoplasty has less to do with age and more to do with cosmetic or vision necessity. Anyone at almost any age who is  experiencing sagging, laxity, or bulging of the eyelids can be a candidate for blepharoplasty – as long as they are in reasonably good health.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI some of our blepharoplasty patients have undergone an eyelid lift as young as in their 30s. These younger eyelid lift patients are typically women or men who have eyelids they dislike resulting from heredity or ethnicity. Age related eyelid drooping, however, typically begins in a man or woman’s 40s or 50s. Dr. Ali has treated the greatest number of patients with blepharoplasty surgery in their 50s and 60s. However, even patients in their 70s or older can safely undergo eyelid lift surgery – since it is a safe, routine, and minimally invasive surgery that only requires local anesthetic.

Where are the incisions in blepharoplasty?

During upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are hidden in the eyelids’ upper crease, where they are virtually invisible.  Occasionally, they will extend into the eyelid’s “crow’s feet” crease, but this is typically not necessary.

During lower blepharoplasty, fat is removed by making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid (the medical name for which is transconjunctival blepharoplasty). In cases of lower blepharoplasty calling for the removal of skin, a small incision is made in the area directly below the eyelashes of the lower eyelid. This also conceals any minor scarring that may occur.

Does blepharoplasty leave scars?

While there is always a scar after any surgery, the eyelid typically heals better than skin on other parts of the body. Eyelid scars are carefully hidden in the crease on the upper eyelid, and along the last line on the lower eyelid – so they are almost undetectable.

In most cases, upper blepharoplasty scars can only be seen – very faintly – when the eyes are closed. When a person’s eyes are open, only someone who knew precisely what they were looking for would be able to notice a blepharoplasty scar. If you are concerned, normal eye makeup typically conceals any blepharoplasty scars on the upper eyelid.

And the position of lower blepharoplasty scars are directly below the eyelashes making them practically invisible.

What’s the difference between blepharoplasty and a brow lift?

Both blepharoplasty and a brow lift are excellent procedures for patients who want to eliminate signs of aging on the upper half of the face. But each procedure is designed to target different concerns. Many patients only need one or the other, while some of our Birmingham, MI patients choose to have both done, for optimal anti-aging!

Anyone with sagging lids whose brow has a desirable arch that is located directly about the eye socket will generally only require an eyelift.

However, a patient experiencing “hooding” that extends beyond the eyelid’s corner may require a brow lift in addition to blepharoplasty. Or, if one can push their brows up to a desired, more youthful height with their fingers, they may also require a brow lift.

Read More About Eyelid Lift vs. Brow Lift Surgery HERE

Can I have other procedures done with my blepharoplasty?

Since blepharoplasty is performed relatively quickly, it is frequently performed in conjunction with other procedures. Undergoing blepharoplasty with other procedures generally only adds less than an hour to the total procedure time. Common procedures performed with blepharoplasty are facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose job), brow lifts, neck liposuction, or chin implants – all of which can be performed by Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

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If you’re in the Birmingham, MI or greater Detroit area and are considering blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Ali today for a consultation. Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon and blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali will gladly answer any questions you have about how your vision or cosmetic goals can be met through eyelid lift surgery, and other surgical or non-surgical procedures.

Blepharoplasty Consultation – Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

How To Get Rid Of Under-Eye Bags

The Best Treatments for Under-Eye Bags

Sleepless nights and stress can bring about temporary under-eye bags, as can allergies and other types of sinus congestion. But people who are cursed with permanent eye-bags typically have them due to a combination of heredity and aging. Unfortunately, eye-bags are a cosmetic issue that concealers can hide – and home remedies such as putting teabags on the area rarely work.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available at AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham, MI that can help get rid of under-eye bags for a younger, more rested and attractive appearance.

Causes of Under-Eye Bags

There are three pockets or “pads” of fat that exist around the eyes: one next to the nose, one in the center lower lid, and a lateral one on the outside of the undereye.  When the skin around the eyes weakens and sags with age, the skin relaxes and creates a pouch. The fat pads then “herniate” over time slipping down to fill the space created by the drooping skin. This then creates the appearance of puffy under-eye bags.

Additionally, excess fluid in the body can also pool in these pockets of sagging skin, making the lower eyelids look even more puffy and swollen. This is why many under-eye bags are more noticeable in the morning, as the fluid has had all night to settle in. And shadows or discolored skin under the eyes only accentuate the under-eye bags, making them look even more prominent.

Surgery for Under-Eye Bags

The most effective way to eliminate under-eye bags is with lower blepharoplasty surgery. This surgical procedure removes or repositions the fat and skin underneath the eyes to restore a smooth appearance.  There are two basic techniques for performing under-eye, lower eyelid blepharoplasty.

An external incision can be made just below the lash line (cutting through the skin and muscle) around the eye, removing the fat pockets and lifting the skin-muscle flap.

Another surgical approach to under-eye bags is called a “transconjunctival” technique removes the fat from the inside of the lower lid and is often preferred because it does not result in an external scar on the lower lid. A small amount of excess skin can also be removed while leaving the muscle intact – which keeps the shape of lower lid intact.

Top Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed several hundred blepharoplasty surgeries with stunning results that eliminate under-eye bags and take years off of patients’ appearance.

Nonsurgical Treatment for Under-eye Bags

While blepharoplasty surgery is the fastest and most dramatic way to remove under-eye bags, AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI also offers effective, minimally invasive treatments to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.

These treatments can be ideal for under-eye bags that aren’t severe enough for surgery – or for patients who can’t incur the downtime or the expense of blepharoplasty surgery.

CO2RE laser utilizes both ablative and fractional laser technology to activates the body’s natural production of new elastin and collagen protein fibers – which are the building blocks, of thick, firm, elastic, youthful skin. As the skin thickens and tightens over time after treatment, it eliminates the saggy pockets where fat and fluid build up under the eyes.

Nordlys IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) delivers light energy that can reduce dark circles caused by both pigmentation and visible veins. This can help reduce the appearance of under-eye bags, as well.

Dermal Fillers such as Juvéderm can also reduce the appearance of undereye-bags, when injected to fill the hollows under the eyes. In February of this year the FDA approved Juvéderm® Volbella XC for injection into the tear troughs to treat under-eye circles and bags. The formula of facial filler has a soft, thinner, smooth consistency that makes it ideal for treating under eye hollows. It’s thin, pliable texture gives it a natural look and feel when used in the tear troughs.

Botox can also help some undereye bags. While Botox does not remove under- eye bags, injections into the “crow’s feet” area can help reduce tension around the eyes and relax wrinkles, which can also help improve the appearance of bags.

Regardless of which noninvasive treatment you opt for, though, be sure it’s with a board-certified plastic surgeon. “Particularly for laser treatments, you need to make sure you are going to a doctor who specializes in treating eyelids,” Dr. Shafer says. “Ultimately, none of the treatments are equivalent, and the plastic surgeon must determine which approach is best for you specifically.”

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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali offers the best and most advanced technologies for reducing or eliminating under-eye bags. At AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa he offers both surgical blepharoplasty and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments for under-eye bags – including Co2RE laser, IPL Photofacial, dermal fillers and Botox – so you can choose the option that is right for you.

Schedule a consultation and see which type of treatment is best for your under-eye issues and beauty goals – so you can look and feel younger and even more beautiful!

Under-Eye Bag Treatments | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200


Causes of and Treatment for “Droopy Eyes” (Ptosis)

Droopy Eyelid (Ptosis) Repair Surgery

It’s long been said that “the eyes are the windows of the soul”. But drooping eyelids can make a person look sleepy, tired, older than are, and even angry or ornery. One or both eyelids can droop and if the drooping becomes severe it can interfere with vison.

There are also a number of causes of “droopy eyelids” (medically called “ptosis” or “blepharoptosis”) – from heredity and aging to underlying medical conditions.  Ptosis is a condition in which the drooping lid is caused by a lax eyelid muscle and not just excess or saggy eyelid skin.

The good news is that if you’re sick-and-tired tired of looking tired because of droopy eyelids, top board-certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can help. In this article he discusses the solution to droopy eyelids that help you look younger and see better.

What Causes Droopy Eyelids

The skin and muscles above the eye are very delicate – but are also subject to almost constant use: blinking, watching, reading, looking at screens and making facial expressions. And there are many factors that can cause this important but fragile area of the body to droop and sag over time.

Medical conditions including congenital defects, muscle disorders, nerve disorders, or diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis can cause the eyelids to droop. Drooping can also sometimes be associated with rubbing the eyelids or allergies.

In extremely rare cases, a droopy eyelid is the result of a more serious condition, such as a stroke, brain tumor, or cancer of the nerves or muscles.

Eyelid drooping can also be present at birth due to a condition called congenital ptosis. If this occurs during childhood, it is important to correct it as soon as possible to prevent problems with eyesight. But, in most case, eyelid ptosis develops later in life due to the stretching or weakening of the eyelid muscle.

Eyelid Ptosis vs Excess Skin

When the issue is simply excess, sagging eyelid skin that rests on their upper eyelashes, it can be remedies with an “eyelid lift” surgery – medically called blepharoplasty.

But ptosis is caused by weakness or stretching of the actual eyelid muscle, not sagging skin. Eyelid ptosis only refers to upper eyelid drooping and not that of the lower eyelids. Eyelid ptosis is usually more severe that sagging skin and can often cause the eyelid to cover the pupil of the eye, obstructing vision.

Treating Drooping Eyelids

The best treatment for a patient’s droopy eyelid will depends on the specific underlying cause and the severity of the ptosis. If the droopy eyelid is caused by an underlying medical condition, patients should be treated for that illness or disorder – which will often stop the eyelids from sagging.

And if the condition is the result of age or something you were born with, as long as it isn’t blocking vision, in many cases there is no medical necessity to do anything. However, many patients opt for plastic surgery to reduce the drooping caused by ptosis for cosmetic reasons.

And for children with ptosis, doctors sometimes recommend surgery to prevent the onset of a condition called amblyopia (lazy eye).

Eyelid ptosis repair surgery is typically performed with only local anesthesia and oral sedation. During surgery for ptosis, the plastic surgeon will make an extremely small incision and then tighten the levator muscle – lifting the eyelid up into the desired position.

It is essential to see a skilled and experience board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali for this procedure, to ensure that a natural expression is preserved and that the eyelid is not placed too high or too low.

After ptosis surgery, the upper eyelid will be swollen and bruised for a week or two. While you can resume normal activities within a day or two, it is crucial not to rub the eyelids at all during this time.

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Dr. Ali has performed several hundred eyelid repair surgeries, including ptosis repair for droopy eye muscles, eyelid lifts, upper or lower blepharoplasty, and brow lift surgery. He will thoroughly examine your eyelids to help identify the cause of the sagging or drooping and recommend the best procedure for your individual needs.

Droopy Eye Repair Surgery | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

Eyebrow Lift Surgery vs. Blepharoplasty

Eyebrow Lift Surgery vs. Blepharoplasty:
Deciding which is Best for You

When a person’s eyelids droop or their eyebrow sags, they are often incorrectly assumed to be angry or unapproachable. Such conditions can also make those affected look older than they are, and often leads to them feeling unattractive. But at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area, anyone tired of their droopy, sagging appearance is offered a variety of solutions. In addition to offering many non-invasive skin tightening procedures, we also provide Troy, MI area patients with procedures such as eyebrow lift surgery and blepharoplasty.

In this article, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali outlines the differences between blepharoplasty and eyebrow lift surgery, and who is an ideal candidate for each.

How Eyebrow Lift Surgery Differs From Blepharoplasty

Eyebrow lift surgery is performed by tightening the soft tissue of the forehead, improving the shape and reversing the effects of gravity on the forehead, brows, and upper eyelid. Eyebrow lift surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed at AMAE Plastic Surgery, with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali treating many Troy, MI area patients with this popular, highly effective procedure.

Patients who choose eyebrow lift surgery over blepharoplasty do so to reduce forehead wrinkles such as vertical lines between the eyebrows. Like blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift surgery can improve the appearance of drooping eyelids, but can also treat frown lines, leaving patients looking youthful and refreshed.

During eyebrow lift surgery the location of the incision is made behind the hairline. Additional incisions may also be made in the small muscles of the forehead responsible for creating deep furrows. Following this, the tissue will be re-draped and stitched in place in such a way that drooping and wrinkling no longer occur – and incision scars are well hidden in the hairline.

After about two weeks, any remaining stitches will be removed. Incisions from eyebrow lift surgery typically heal exceptionally well.

How Blepharoplasty Surgery Works

Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is surgery that is conducted on the eyelid itself – not on the forehead. Blepharoplasty is performed to tighten and sculpt the upper (and, sometimes, lower) eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be medically motivated: improving the vision of patients whose upper eyelids sag to the point of impeding their ability to see. But blepharoplasty may also be performed for purely cosmetic reasons, helping Troy, MI area patients look and feel more youthful and attractive.

Upper blepharoplasty incisions are made at the crease of the upper eyelid, and, in some cases, will extend into the crease of the “crow’s feet.” Lower blepharoplasty is performed by creating an incision in the inside of the lower eyelid, through which fat is removed.

Some cases of lower blepharoplasty may call for skin to be removed. In such instances, this is accomplished by making a tiny incision directly below the lower eyelid’s eyelashes.

Who Should Get Eyebrow Lift Surgery Instead of Blepharoplasty

Troy, MI area patients may choose eyebrow lift surgery over blepharoplasty if they are afflicted by frown lines between their brow at the top of their nose. Eyebrow lift surgery is also effective as a means of treating pronounced forehead wrinkles. Additionally, for patients whose drooping eyebrows create the appearance that they are tired or angry, eyebrow lift surgery is more effective than blepharoplasty.

Who Should Get Blepharoplasty Instead Eyebrow Lift Surgery

The ideal Troy, MI area blepharoplasty candidate wishes to remove extra skin and/or fatty tissue that hangs over their eyes, particularly in instances severe enough to impede their vision. Blepharoplasty is the perfect way to get rid of fat bulges in either they upper or lower eyelid, and can significantly alleviate the feeling of heaviness by which they can be accompanied. Blepharoplasty patients report having a much easier time applying makeup to their eyelids than before their surgery, with their eyelids no longer obscured by drooping tissue.

Eyebrow Lift Surgery & Blepharoplasty – Troy, MI

We offer both eyebrow lift surgery and blepharoplasty, as well as many non-surgical procedures at our Troy, MI area plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Dr. Ali will help you decide which eyebrow or eyelid lift treatment is best for you, during your initial consultation. For more information about how we can help meet your aesthetic goals through treatments such as blepharoplasty, and eyebrow lift surgery contact AMAE Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa today.

Troy, MI Area Eyebrow Lift & Blepharoplasty Consultation: 248-335-7200

Men’s Plastic Surgery – “Daddy Do Over” for Dad Bods

Men’s Plastic Surgery – “Daddy Do Over” for Dad Bods

You’ve heard of Mommy Makeovers. How about a Daddy Do-Over? Recent studies report that there has been almost a 30% increase in plastic surgery among men since 2000.

Much like how a group of cosmetic procedures have been embraced by women throughout the country as the so-called “Mommy Makeover,” more men than ever are now turning to their own set of cosmetic treatments to improve their physical appearance in a way that boosts their confidence. Appropriately called a “Daddy Do-Over,” the trend has demonstrated a positive upturn in the number of men embracing the benefits of cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.3 million procedures were performed on men last year, demonstrating a increase of 29% since the year 2000.

In this article, we will discuss just what a Daddy Do-Over can entail, and how board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can help “daddies” in the Troy, MI area get the “do-over” they desire.

A Daddy Do-Over Can Improve Confidence

The treatments that make up the Daddy Do-Over include body contouring and facial procedures that can be both surgical and non-surgical. Much like their mommy-targeted counterpart, the hallmark of a Daddy Do-Over is multiple cosmetic procedures being performed during a single visit. The increasing popularity of the Daddy Do-Over trend has seen a huge surge in men turning to medical fat loss treatments as a means of avoiding the divisive physique known as the “dad bod.”

While men obviously do not experience the physical changes that women experience during the period of pregnancy and post pregnancy, their lifestyle does often change in a way that impacts their physical appearance. New parents of every gender are going to get far less sleep than they’re used to, and with young children in the house, it can become difficult to stay on top of consistently healthy patterns of diet and exercise. Brought about by both age and parenting, many men feel that the body they inhabit in their 30s and 40s is barely recognizable. But thanks to the Daddy Do-Over, men are given a means of regaining the level of confidence they had before parenthood.

Daddy Do-Overs to Lose Fat & Inches

Whether or not a man has children, stubborn fat around the midsection becomes increasingly difficult to lose the older he gets. When diet and exercise just aren’t cutting it anymore, many men choose to include a form of medical fat loss in their Daddy Do-Over.

Getting in shape can be a difficult and frustrating task at any age, and only becomes more difficult later in life. But thanks to the reduced stigma surrounding men who undergo plastic surgery, more men than ever are able to achieve their desired aesthetic goals through liposuction, tummy tuck or non-invasive CoolSculpting packaged in our Daddy Do-Over.

Daddy Do-Overs Growing in Popularity!

The popularity of the Daddy Do-Over trend contributed to the more than 200,000 cosmetic surgical procedures performed on men in 2018. The year saw more than 52,000 rhinoplasty procedures performed on men alone, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure of the year among men. The year also saw increases in the number of men undergoing eyelid surgery, liposuction, and male breast reduction. The frequency with which these procedures are performed simultaneously during a Daddy Do-Over supports the claim that the trend played a major roll in the number of men who chose to undergo plastic surgery in 2018

Additionally, the cosmetic procedures that make up a Daddy Do-Over can help improve a man’s confidence in a professional environment. With many places of business placing increased value on the youth of their appearance, many men in their middle ages onward have turned to cosmetic procedures to feel more at home in a work environment composed mainly of people at least a decade their junior.

2018 saw nearly half a million Botox procedures last year, and more than 100,000 reduced the signs of aging with filler injections. With both methods of treatment being popular components of a Daddy Do-Over, the trend has helped boost the confidence of countless men both in and out of the workplace.

Now more than ever, the popularity of the Daddy Do-Over concept is growing, and men are embracing cosmetic surgery more than ever. And in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon such as renowned Troy, Mi area cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ali, men of any age have the ability to regain confidence they haven’t felt for many years.

Daddy Do-Over – Troy, MI

While the Mommy Makeover may have gained popularity first, the Daddy-Do-Over is quickly catching up. Whether or not a man has children, the Daddy-Do-Over is an excellent way for men of a certain age to regain the confidence that may have begun to elude them with age. Daddies in the Troy, MI area who are ready for a do-over are encouraged to contact us today for a consultation.

Daddy Do-Over Consultation – Troy, MI area: 248-335-7200

Asian Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Lift Surgery for Asians

Asian Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Lifts Surgery for Asians – 

Whether to improve one’s vision or simply for cosmetic reasons, one of the most commonly requested procedure by our Asian patients is an upper eyelid surgery known as Asian Blepharoplasty. Asian Blepharoplasty is performed to enhance the fold of the upper eyelid, thus creating a smooth -but still natural-looking- double eyelid

In this article board certified plastic surgeon discusses blepharoplasty as it applies to the unique eye shape of Asian patients.

Asian Cosmetic Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

There is no single “correct” or “perfect” eyelid appearance or shape. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and any type of cosmetic surgery is designed to help the patient feel happier with their own appearance.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed for “crease formation”—which is the desire of many Asian patients seeking upper eyelid surgery.

During one’s Asian Blepharoplasty consultation, Troy, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will take into account any pre-existing fold or crease of the eyelid, as the upper eyelid’s total amount of skin, where the eyebrows are positioned on the face, and most of all, the patient’s own aesthetic goals and desired outcomes of their Asian Blepharoplasty procedure.

The goal is typically NOT at all to “Westernize” the appearance of the Asian eyes. Rather, Asian blepharoplasty is generally performed to obtain a more open and attractive eyelid appearance – while still maintaining the ethnic integrity of the patient’s appearance.

Asian Cosmetic Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Since the bone structure of the typical Asian face has a flatter eye area, Asian individuals, in many cases, may experience very prominent under eye bags as part of the aging process.

Consequently, many cases of Asian Blepharoplasty are also performed on the lower eyelid are done so in order to smooth out such bags.

It is possible to perform Asian Blepharoplasty on the lower eyelid without creating a visible incision. The end result is an under eye area free from bags or unwanted puffiness.

Asian Medical Blepharoplasty for Vision

Asian Blepharoplasty may also be performed to remove redundant skin that obstructs the patient’s line of vision. Many people of all ethnicities experience drooping of the eyelids with age, which can obstruct the vision.

Because of their ethnic eyelid structure, mature Asian patients may be particularly prone to this frustrating issue. However, blepharoplasty performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon like Troy, MI area Dr. Ali can lift the sagging eyelids to improve vision – with the added benefit of a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

With documentation from an ophthalmologist diagnosing obstruction to the patient’s field of vision, Asian Blepharoplasty patients may also be entitled to have their procedure covered by insurance. Check with your insurer, as coverage will fluctuate from patient to patient.

The staff at our Troy, MI area medical spa are happy to discuss any concerns regarding insurance with all of our Asian Blepharoplasty patients. In some cases, patients may pay for the procedure prior to the surgery and then may be reimbursed by their insurance carrier at a later date. And for patients undergoing Asian Blepharoplasty for purely cosmetic purposes, financing options are available.

Asian Blepharoplasty – Troy, MI Area

Available both to improve vision or for purely cosmetic reasons, Troy, MI board certified plastic surgeon is committed to meeting the goals of all his Asian Blepharoplasty patients in a way that respects their ethnic heritage. If you are in the Troy, MI area and are interested in Asian Blepharoplasty, contact us today for a consultation.

Asian Blepharoplasty Consultation – Troy, MI area: 248-335-7200

Blepharoplasty FAQs (Part 2)

Blepharoplasty FAQs (Part 2) – 

Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery that involves tightening and sculpting the upper and sometimes lower eyelids in order. It can be purely cosmetic, to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes. Or it can be medically motivated to improve vision, when sagging upper eyelids obstruct the ability to see.

In this two part article board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients most frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty eyelid surgery.

Does blepharoplasty get rid of lines around the eyes?

While browlifts are usually implemented to address hooding of the skin to the sides of the eye, upper blepharoplasty is not performed to treat lines and wrinkles. That being said, when performed in conjunction with other effective treatments such as Botox, upper blepharoplasty patients can achieve such results.

Are blepharoplasty results permanent?

Blepharoplasty patients are able to enjoy permanent results, with most patients never requiring another surgery. In some cases, patients returning to our practice for another procedure may also choose to have their blepharoplasty touched up, but this generally occurs as long as 15 to 20 years after the initial procedure.

The worst mistake an unskilled blepharoplasty surgeon will make is removing too much skin, which can result in chronic dryness of the patient’s eyes. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty and then later ask to remove more skin generally require a brow lift, rather than more skin removal.

But in the hands of a board-certified blepharoplasty expert like Dr. Ali, blepharoplasty patients can rest assured that more than enough skin will be left behind for normal, comfortable closure of the eyes.

Successful blepharoplasty makes the patient’s eyes look more open, but does nothing to change the shape or structure of the eyelid. At Oakland County, MI’s AMAE Med Spa, we pride ourselves on having our patients leave all of our blepharoplasty procedures simply looking like younger, fresher versions of themselves.

What anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?

It is possible to perform upper blepharoplasty with either IV sedation, local anesthesia, or a light general anesthetic. The form of anesthesia chosen depends on whether the patient is undergoing other procedures with their upper blepharoplasty, such as brow lifts or rhinoplasty. Board-certified blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali helps all of his patients chose the method of anesthesia that is right for them.

Can I wear my glasses or contacts after blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty patients are free to pop their glasses back on immediately after their procedure. When exiting the procedure, many blepharoplasty patients chose to mask the swelling around their eyes with sunglasses.

That said, blepharoplasty patients should wait at least a week before wearing contact lenses.

Does insurance cover an upper blepharoplasty?

When obstructions in a patient’s field of vision are documented by an ophthalmologist, they are typically entitled to insurance coverage for their blepharoplasty surgery. That being said, it is important to know the full criteria upon which your insurance company bases their coverage, as insurance companies are famously inconsistent in this regard.

Blepharoplasty patients are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding insurance with our Oakland County, surgical staff, who will gladly help clarify any such issues. We also offer convenient financing options for patients who are seeking blepharoplasty for strictly cosmetic purposes.

Best Blepharoplasty – Oakland County

If you’re in the Oakland County area and are considering blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Ali today for a consultation. Oakland County board-certified plastic surgeon and blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali will gladly answer any questions you have about how your vision or cosmetic goals can be met through blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty Consultation – Oakland County: 248-335-7200