What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyes are a prominent facial feature. It is the surrounding skin, rather than the eyes themselves, that conveys emotion. The tissue, muscle, fat, hair and lashes all contribute to the wide array of expressions. Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines, and puffiness around the eyes.
The aging process can cause unwanted changes in expression, causing us to look fatigued and older than we really are. These changes in appearance can cause emotional distress and sometimes even visual impairment. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to your eyes.* It may involve the upper lids, the lower lids, or both.
*Individual Results May Vary
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
An incision is made in the crease of the upper lid toward the temples. Once healed, it is not noticeable when the eye is open.
The Transconjunctival Approach:
This is a newer technique for the lower blepharoplasty, involving an incision inside the lower lid. Fat can be removed through this incision, and in conjunction, the outer skin is tightened with the Sciton Erbium laser around the periorbital area.
Laser resurfacing of the eyelids is a non-surgical alternative that may delay the need for a surgical blepharoplasty. It results in significant tightening of the skin around the eyes, but will not affect the fat around the eyes and may even accentuate it.*
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
You’re a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have drooping, sagging eyelids or are experiencing puffiness and heavy undereye bags – or both! You should be a healthy nonsmoker or at least plan on quitting at least two weeks before the procedure.
What are Typical Results of Eyelid Surgery?*
You should begin to see results from your eyelid surgery about 2-4 weeks, once the majority of swelling and bruising has gone down. Final results will be visible after 1-2 months when all minor swelling has disappeared.
What Kind of Post-Operative Eyelid Surgery Care Can I Expect?
The area surrounding the eyes will remain swollen in the days following the surgery. It should begin to subside after the first day. Some vision blurring is normal.
The stitches will be removed in 7 days. Swelling and bruising will persist for about 10 days, but you can begin wearing makeup to help conceal these concerns. You may expect to resume normal activity within a week to 10 days, and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days. It may take about 3 months for the scars to lose their redness.*
Wrinkling will recur later in life, however, it is unlikely that the “bags” will recur because the fat has been removed.* Deeper wrinkles around the outer eye extended onto the temple are not greatly affected by the eyelid lift. These areas may be treated with laser resurfacing.
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*Individual Results May Vary