Your eyes are the most expressive part of your face. But with age and genetic predisposition, eyelids sag and droop, with bags and bulges appearing underneath. Don't let tiredness be your only expression.
Trained physicians can help you bring that sparkle back to your eyes with Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin by excision, or occasionally, laser resurfacing. In the case of excess fat, removal is done simultaneously. Experienced physicians take the greatest of care not to remove excessive amounts of fat. As a result, a hollowing appearance will not result from eyelid surgery as the patient grows older.
Prime Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Prime candidates for eyelid surgery are those that have realistic expectations of the results and are in good physical and mental health. Though surgical correction is appropriate for all ages, it is necessary to consider other medical problems such as allergies or thyroid disorders that may affect or produce the undesirable appearance. An alternative medical, rather than surgical, treatment may be required to properly resolve the problem.
Before Eyelid Surgery
Before you undergo eyelid surgery, you'll be asked to visit a physician for a consultation. This consultative process is important, as you'll be able to discuss the goals of the procedure and learn more about it in a confidential setting. You may also discuss how much correction you'd like with your physician. For example, you may only want to eliminate the bags located in the area of your lower eyelids.
Specifics of your eyelid surgery will be discussed, such as how to adequately prepare for surgery, details on what the actual surgery entails, and what to expect while you recover. Your physician will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
For a very general list of things to do to adequately prepare your body for surgery, please visit Preparing for Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery. This list, however, is not exhaustive.
The Eyelid Surgical Procedure
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and generally takes anywhere from one to three hours. No pain is felt as a local anesthetic and sedatives are administered.
The location of the incisions is chosen carefully by your physician so that the resulting scar will be as hidden as possible. To correct the upper eyelids, an incision is typically made in the natural creases. For the lower eyelids, an incision is typically made just underneath the lashes or inside the lower eyelid. Both locations allow for the scar to be well concealed. Generally, the scar will heal into a thin and fine line, making it almost impossible to detect.
Through the incisions, the desired amount of sagging skin and any excess fat will be removed. Then, the incision is closed and dressed.
It is recommended that transportation home is arranged prior to the procedure.
Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure Video
After the Eyelid Surgical Procedure
Following the surgery, expect to feel some degree of soreness in the treated area. Bruising will appear and generally lasts from two to four weeks. Your physician will be available to respond immediately to any concerns you may have while you recover, particularly if you experience any severe pain that cannot be controlled by the prescribed medication.
You'll need to take care of your eyes while you recover. This includes keeping your head elevated and limiting physical exertion. Cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort.
For a few weeks following eye surgery, blurring and double vision may occur. Your eyes may also feel itchy; eyedrops recommended by your physician can alleviate this. However, you'll be able to watch television and read about three days following surgery, and in ten you'll most likely be back at work if it is not too physically strenuous.
The results of your eye surgery will last for a long time and for many, are permanent!