For a Brighter, More Rested and Youthful Face
Tired of looking tired? Hooded eyes, puffiness or bags under the eyes contribute to a worn-out expression that can add years to your face. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects these problems that not only cause you to look older and tired, and possibly even angry, but can sometimes relieve vision problems caused by sagging eyelids interfering with your line of vision. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. Many people, especially men and women in their middle-age years, are amazed at how much of a difference this simple surgery has on their face, giving them a more open, youthful and refreshed appearance.
Can Eyelid Surgery Help You?
If you’re wondering if eyelid surgery is the right solution to fix a tired, aging facial appearance, here are some guidelines on those who are good candidates for this surgery:
- They are in good health, with no serious medical conditions
- They are unhappy with upper eyelids that sag, often impeding their vision, and have already had a brow lift
- They wish to correct a “hooded” eye appearance that persists even when the brow is raised
- They have excessive puffiness or bags under their eyes
- They have a cheek pad that has descended, leaving hollowness under the eyes or deep nasolabial folds
- They have wrinkles around the eye area
What to Expect from the Eyelid Surgical Procedure
Eyelid surgery may take between one and two hours to perform, and the amount of time is largely dependent on the amount of work done and whether the upper or lower lids, or both, are being addressed. This is an outpatient procedure and is generally performed using local anesthesia along with an intravenous sedation (or a light general anesthesia if the patient prefers) to help the patient relax during surgery.
Upper Lids (Upper Blepharoplasty)
For the upper eyelids, the doctor will make incisions along the natural creases from which he will remove excess skin, muscle and fat and reposition the remaining fat for a more lifted appearance. He will also tighten the eyelid muscle, if needed. The incisions are then closed with small dissolvable sutures.
Lower Lids (Lower Blepharoplasty)
For the lower eyelids, Dr. Ennis will make a small incision just under the eyelashes of the lower lid and remove the excess fat pads that contribute to under-eye bags. He will then tighten the muscle. Through this small incision just under the eyelashes, he will also lift the cheek pads to a higher position to prevent the eyes from having a “hollowed-out” look. This gives the mid-face a lifted and more rested appearance and helps improve the nasolabial folds.
Incisions will then be closed with very small dissolvable sutures. This incision fades nicely and is nearly invisible, even without makeup.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
Immediately after surgery, patients may experience symptoms that include tearing, slight changes in their vision, sensitivity to light, redness, bruising, puffiness and some numbness in the area. These symptoms may occur in whole or in part, and typically last only two to three days. Swelling and puffiness can last several days to weeks post-surgery, depending on the patient, and there may also be bruising in the eye area. Patients can help alleviate swelling by using a clean, cold compress placed gently on the eye area. They can expect mild discomfort, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter medication like Tylenol, though they should avoid products that contain aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain relievers that will increase the risk of bleeding.
Strenuous activities, such as exercise and anything involving lifting, should be avoided for at least the first 10 to 14 days after surgery. Patients are typically at a point of healing where they can return to work within a week to 10 days after the procedure, depending on how easily they bruise.
Take the First Step to Eliminate Droopy, Baggy Eyes
Be on your way to a lifted eye area that opens your face, making you look naturally younger and more refreshed. To schedule a complimentary eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Scott Ennis.