The texture of the skin around the eyelids is determined by heredity, facial expressions, and exposure to the sun and environment. Usually, the procedure is performed on patients over the age of 35.
It is surprising how little discomfort is associated with blepharoplasty. Usually, oral pain medication the first day or two is all that is necessary for any discomfort that may be present.
No. During one of your visits, photographs will be taken which are used for study. I will explain what I believe to be the most desirable shape and outcome for your eyelids and what the surgical goal should be. This is for discussion only and to help us agree on what our surgical goal should be.
Although medicines are given to keep it to a minimum, this varies with different patients. Some swelling and bruising of the eyelids is expected. This reaches its peak two days after surgery and then starts subsiding. After 10-12 days, most of the swelling will have disappeared but swelling will persist for several months.
During your consultation, your entire face will be evaluated. If I feel that there are other procedures that will improve your appearance, they will be discussed with you. The most frequently performed adjunctive procedure is a brow-lift to elevate drooping eyebrows.
For the upper lids, incisions are made within the upper lid crease and excess skin and fat are removed or pushed back into the eye socket. For the lower lids, depending on the amount of excess skin present, incisions are made on either the eyelid skin or within the eyelid. The fat is then removed through either of these incisions or re-draped to remove the bulges. I will be glad to discuss which option is best for you.
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin and fat from around the upper and lower eyelids to improve droopy upper eyelids and remove bags from the lower lids.
As we get older the skin and tissues around the eyelids weaken and cannot contain fat sitting around the eye, cushioning it from the bony orbit. With time, fat will herniate out and skin of the eyelids becomes loose and wrinkled. In some patients looseness of tissues holding back the fat is genetic and they will get fat protruding out at a much earlier age.Fat around eyelids is particularly sensitive to environmental factors. Eyelid fat will swell up when irritated by allergens in the air, histamine release provoked by foods or during a cold. It even swells up during the night when we sleep as body water re-distributes into the face and we wake up with "puffy" eyes. My goal in blepharoplasty is to produce eyelids and eyes that appear natural, function properly and are more youthful in appearance. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Eyelid lifts are also one of the first procedures recommended by me for patients wishing for a younger look.
Surgery in Office
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia in my office and takes one hour for either upper or lower eyes and 1.5 hours for both eyelid lifts.
You may need to have someone stay with you the night after blepharoplasty surgery and can usually resume work in 7-10 days. There is some bruising that can be decreased by ice and head elevation. Cost for eyelid lifts includes operating room fee and all of your follow up visits.
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