Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a procedure designed to revitalize the area around the eyes, creating a fresher, more rested appearance by addressing imperfections such as loose or drooping eyelid skin, bags, or wrinkles around the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is sometimes performed in combination with a brow or face-lift for a total facial rejuvenation.
Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery
Aging, excessive exposure to sunlight, heredity or smoking can contribute to a loss of elasticity in the skin and loosening of muscles around the eyelids. Protrusions of fat (bags), puffiness, wrinkles and droopy, sagging eyelids can form, causing an aged, tired look. In some cases, excess tissue can even create a visual obstruction.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Incisions are typically small and inconspicuous. In a lower lid blepharoplasty, incisions will be under the lash line or in some cases on the inside of the lower eyelid. In an upper lid blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, allowing excess fatty tissue and skin to be removed.
At Healing Waters, our plastic surgeons offer expert care and treatment customized to meet your unique needs in a comfortable setting. If you are considering eyelid surgery on its own or in connection with another cosmetic procedure, contact us to arrange an individual consultation with one of our surgeons.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Blepharoplasty is highly effective for the treatment of conditions such as:
- Bags under the eyes that create a puffy, tired look
- Wrinkling, loose skin around the lower lid
- Excess fat on the upper lid (fat pads)
- Drooping skin hanging down from the upper eyelid
- Obstructed vision from eyelid encroachment
- Hooded eyelids from sagging skin folds in the upper eyelid
Ideal candidates are men and women who are in good general health, non-smoking, fit for surgery and free of complicating health conditions. Individuals with conditions such as thyroid problems, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or dry eyes may be advised to avoid blepharoplasty procedures. If you have glaucoma or a detached retina, you will need to consult with your surgeon and your ophthalmologist.
If you would like more information about blepharoplasty, contact Healing Waters for a consultation with a plastic surgeon at your preferred location. Our surgeon will assess your candidacy for eyelid surgery or any other cosmetic procedures that can help you reach your aesthetic goals.
After surgery, you may experience some swelling, tightness or bruising. Your eyes may feel sore, though the pain is typically mild and can be controlled with pain medication. Cold compresses, eye drops or ointment may be used, and you may have extra tearing, light sensitivity, or temporary changes in vision. It is typically recommended to sleep with your head elevated for several days to help alleviate your symptoms.
Recovery time can vary with the extent of the eyelid surgery, though is generally up to two weeks. During this time, it is recommended that you wear sunglasses to minimize exposure to UV light and sources of irritation. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks.
Some of the potential complications associated with blepharoplasty include blurred or double vision (usually temporary), bleeding, asymmetrical or unwanted scarring, infection, dry eyes, excessive tearing, hematoma and difficulty closing the upper eyelid.
With eyelid surgery, incisions tend to follow natural eyelid creases and the scars tend to be minimal and well concealed. Scars may be reddish at first and remain pink for some time, though they should fade within a few months, blending in very nicely.
Some people do have a tendency toward unfavorable scarring. If you have a history of keloid (red and raised) or hypertrophic (dark in color) scarring, you will need to discuss this with your surgeon prior to undergoing surgical correction.
Blepharoplasty does remove sagging skin, creating a smoother appearance of the eyelid, but it does not completely remove the wrinkling at the corners of the eyes also known as “crow’s feet.” For treatment of crow’s feet, you may wish to consider one of our other aesthetic treatments, such as laser peels or Botox. Contact Healing Waters for more information.
After eyelid surgery, most patients appear happier, rested and revitalized and are thrilled with their results. It is good to remember, however, that this procedure is designed to smooth, restore and improve your look, rather than change it.
Patients are usually able to return to work within a week to ten days, but strenuous activity will need to be avoided for a longer period.
The plastic surgeons and staff at Healing Waters are dedicated to ensuring that your surgical experience is as comfortable and easy as possible. You will need to let your surgeon know at the time of your initial consultation about any medications you are taking, health conditions or smoking. You should follow all pre and post-operative instructions. Your surgeon will also thoroughly review with you the procedure and risks, and will be available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You should be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after your procedure. It is also a good idea to have someone stay with you for a night or so while you acclimate following surgery.
You will not be able to wear contact lenses immediately after surgery. The amount of time your surgeon recommends that you wait will depend upon the extent and nature of the procedure and your individual progress post-operatively.
Glasses can usually be worn immediately following surgery.
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