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How the Eyelids Reflect the Passage of Time

The eyelids are a subtle yet telling canvas of the aging process. Over time, the delicate skin surrounding the eyes may lose its elasticity, causing it to sag and create the appearance of droopy eyelids. Additionally, fat deposits can accumulate in the upper and lower eyelids, leading to puffiness and bags. These natural changes can make you look tired or older than you feel. Dr. Schalit offers upper and/or lower eyelid surgery to help you achieve a more youthful look.

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Eyelid Surgery Treats:

  • Excess upper eyelid skin
  • Hooded or drooping upper eyelids
  • Puffiness or bags under the eyes
  • Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes
  • Impaired vision due to sagging eyelids
  • Congenital eyelid abnormalities
  • Eyelid injuries and deformities

About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach, is a surgical procedure to enhance the aesthetics and function of the eyelids. It is a versatile treatment that can address various issues affecting upper and lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery typically removes excess skin, muscle, and fat to correct sagging or hooded eyelids. This can improve your appearance and enhance vision in cases where drooping eyelids obstruct the field of view.

On the other hand, lower eyelid surgery focuses on reducing puffiness, under-eye bags, and wrinkles, often by repositioning or removing fat deposits. Eyelid surgery is often performed for cosmetic reasons to achieve a more youthful and refreshed look, but it can also restore proper eyelid function in cases of injury or congenital deformities. Regardless of the motivation, eyelid surgery can yield remarkable results in rejuvenating the eyes and restoring an alert appearance.

Types of Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the upper eyelids. During this surgery, excess skin, muscle, and fat are typically removed or repositioned to address issues like sagging or hooded eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach enhances the aesthetics of the eyes and improves vision when drooping eyelids obstruct the field of view. It restores a youthful and alert appearance with minimal scarring as incisions are hidden within the natural eyelid crease.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure focused on rejuvenating the lower eyelids. It is typically performed for cosmetic reasons and aims to reduce puffiness, under-eye bags, and wrinkles. During this surgery, excess fat may be repositioned or removed to create a smoother and more youthful eye contour. Lower blepharoplasty can be performed with minimal scarring, often through inconspicuous incisions along the lower lash line or inside the eyelid.

The Complete Eyelid Surgery Process

  • Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schalit to discuss your goals and assess your candidacy.
  • Undergo a thorough medical evaluation, including eye examinations.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding medications to avoid.
  • If you smoke, quit or refrain from smoking for at least a few weeks before surgery.
  • Limit alcohol consumption in the days before your blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach.
  • Follow the fasting instructions provided by your surgeon.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the surgery.
  • Prepare a comfortable and quiet recovery space at home.
  • Adhere to all pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon.
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The Surgical Process

Dr. Schalit customizes the surgical plan based on your needs. Typically, the surgery involves making incisions along the natural lines and creases of the eyelids. For upper eyelid surgery, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed or repositioned. In lower eyelid surgery, fat deposits may be repositioned or removed. The incisions are closed with sutures. The procedure can take 1 to 3 hours, depending on whether you have upper or lower eyelid surgery or both.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Ensure you get plenty of rest following surgery to aid the healing process.
  • Take prescribed pain medications as directed by your surgeon to manage discomfort.
  • Use recommended eye drops or ointments to keep the eyes moist and prevent dryness.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a specified period.
  • Be gentle when cleaning the eye area, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes after your blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach.
  • Apply cold compresses to the eyes as advised by your surgeon to reduce swelling.
  • Shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Attend all scheduled post-operative appointments with your surgeon.
  • Gradually reintroduce normal activities as advised by your surgeon.

The Recovery Process

In the days following eyelid surgery, you can expect common side effects like swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. These usually peak within the first few days and gradually subside. Plan for a downtime of about 1 to 2 weeks, when you should avoid strenuous activities and allow proper healing. Most patients can return to work and regular daily activities after this period, but full recovery and optimal results may take several weeks to a few months.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQs

What is the ideal age for eyelid surgery?

There’s no specific age requirement for blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach. Some people seek eyelid surgery in their 30s or 40s to address early signs of aging, while others may opt for it later.

Will eyelid surgery leave noticeable scars?

Dr. Schalit makes incisions in the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize visible scarring. With proper care, the scars fade over time and become inconspicuous.

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Most patients experience mild discomfort or tightness after the procedure, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Pain is usually manageable and temporary.

How long do results from eyelid surgery last?

Eyelid surgery can provide long-lasting results. While it cannot stop the natural aging process, it can set the clock back several years. Genetics, lifestyle, and skincare can influence how long the results remain noticeable.

Can eyelid surgery correct vision problems caused by sagging eyelids?

Yes, upper eyelid surgery can sometimes improve vision when sagging or drooping eyelids obstruct your field of view. It’s important to discuss this concern with your surgeon during the consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this type of blepharoplasty in Daytona Beach.

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Dr. Schalit is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon, proudly board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If you’re considering eyelid surgery or have questions about the procedure, we invite you to take the first step toward a refreshed and revitalized appearance. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schalit to discuss your goals and explore the right options tailored to your unique needs.

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