Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a type of surgery that can remove excess fat, drooping skin, and sagging muscle tissue, correcting aging signs in the process. The result is a more youthful and revitalized appearance.
As you age, your eyelids stretch and the supporting muscles become weaker and weaker. Due to this, excess fat tends to collect in your upper and lower eyelids, causing your eyebrows to sag, which further results in bags under your eyes as well as drooping upper lids. These aesthetic issues can make you look tired, dull, and much older than you actually are.
Aside from aesthetic issues, sagging eyelids can also severely impact your side vision, also known as peripheral vision. Eyelid surgery can effectively eliminate this problem and at the same time make your eyes look more youthful, brighter, and more alert.
What Is the Procedure for Eyelid Surgery Like?
If both your upper and lower eyelids are targeted, an eyelid surgery will take approximately two hours. In most cases, doctors administer local anesthesia along with sedation.
Most surgeons target the upper eyelids first. Dr. Bared will make an incision along the upper eyelid’s natural crease. He will then remove the excess skin and muscle as needed. Excess fat will be repositioned or removed. Tiny stitches will be made to close the incisions.
Surgery on the lower eyelids can be performed using different incision techniques. One technique requires that a barely visible incision be made inside the lower lid, through which excess fat will be removed. This technique is not ideal for those with excess skin on their lower eyelids.
Another technique Dr. Bared may use is creating an incision across the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin, fat, and loose muscle can be removed, giving the eyes a much more youthful look.
What Is Recovery for Eyelid Surgery Like?
Once your procedure is complete, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. Driving yourself home will not be an option. Once you’re home, you’ll need to take some time off from your everyday routine. Most patients return to their daily routine ten days after their eyelid surgery.
After your eyelid surgery, it is common to experience some swelling and bruising in the region. However, these will disappear within a maximum of two weeks and your eyes will look normal again after that. Cool compresses can help to reduce swellings and bruising.
Who Is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you have sagging eyelids that negatively impact your appearance, your vision, or both, eyelid surgery is your ideal solution. It is important that you are in good health and have no irritation or infection around your eyes.
Having realistic expectations from the surgery will help you be fully satisfied with the results. For this, you must consult with Dr. Bared and communicate your needs and goals clearly and effectively before the procedure.
During your consultation, you will speak about your current condition and what you expect out of the surgery. You will also discuss your complete medical history.
How Do I Take the First Step?
Give your eyes a more youthful look – take the first step by contacting the office of double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Bared and scheduling your consultation.