The Lowdown on Eyelid Surgery

by

If you are looking for a way to refresh your appearance with dramatic results, perhaps eyelid surgery is a good choice for you. Also known as blepharoplasty, this single procedure can have a profound effect on your looks by making you appear more refreshed, vibrant and youthful. The surgery can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual as well, ensuring you get just the amount of correction you need to look your best. 

Upper Lid Benefits

Changes can occur to the upper eyelid overtime. The lid can begin to droop and sag, giving you a worn appearance and even limiting your line of vision in some cases. Small accumulations of fat can also appear, further exacerbating the tired look. Upper eyelid surgery removes the excess tissue and loose skin to open up the upper eye and make you look more awake. The surgery also removes folds of skin above the eye that make it difficult to apply makeup to the upper lid.

Lower Lid Benefits

The lower lid can also be a victim of the aging process, as loose, thinning skin creates puffiness, dark circles and fine lines underneath the eye. Some people even discover drooping in the lower lid allows the white of the eye underneath the iris to be visible. A lower eyelid lift restores smoothness to the lower eye by removing excess tissue leading to puffiness and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

The “Two is Better than One” Approach

One of the greatest benefits to blepharoplasty is the ability of the plastic surgeon to customize it to the needs of each patient. Unhappy with the droop above your eye? An upper eyelid may do the trick. Tired of looking tired with bags and dark circles underneath. The lower lid lift is the right choice for you. Both problems getting you down? Both lids can be addressed in a single procedure without significantly adding to discomfort and recovery time after surgery.

The Procedure

Eyelid surgery can be performed using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The incisions made in both the upper and lower lids are placed either inside the lid or in the natural creases of the skin where visible scarring will be nearly non-existent. Through these incisions, extra skin and tissue can be removed so the lid can be tightened and firmed once again. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can return home the same day as your surgery to recover in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

The Results

Recovery from blepharoplasty usually takes a couple of weeks, although most patients are back to regular activities a bit sooner. Once all bruising and swelling subside, your results will become fully apparent. They will also last for many years, although signs of aging may creep in again over time. Some patients opt for non-surgical procedures after blepharoplasty to enhance or maintain the results from their procedure.

Article by
Englewood Physician