BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID SURGERY)
An eyelid surgery blepharoplasty is probably one the single best facial rejuvenation procedures one can undergo to give that fresh, youthful look. This procedure can be performed at any age if surgical indication is present; therefore, a proper evaluation is best to see if surgery or non-surgical procedures are appropriate.
Eyelid surgery is an in-office surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids. Whether you are trying to treat bags under the eyes, loose or sagging skin, or drooping lower eyelids; Dr. Roth will naturally contour the area surrounding your eyes for a more youthful look.
Just like other surgical procedures, medications and anesthesia are administered for your comfort. The incisions for eyelid surgery will be well concealed within the natural anatomy of the eyelid region.
You will begin to see your rejuvenated and refreshed result gradually after swelling and bruising subside. During your time of healing, it is best to refrain from excessive force, abrasion, and motion.
Candidates for an Eyelid Surgery
You may also be a good candidate if:
- If you have drooping or hooding of the eyelids (upper eyelid)
- Have fat bags and extra skin of the eyelids (lower eyelid)
- You are healthy individual and do not have any medical conditionals that may impair healing
- Have realistic expectations and positive outlook
- A non-smoker. Patients are asked to stop smoking approximately 2-3 weeks prior and after surgery.
Patients who have eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye, or detached retina, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders or diabetes should notify the doctor.
Which Procedure is Right for Me?
Both procedures can be done at the same time. During the initial consultation at our practice, …will examine your face pointing out multiple techniques that can be used during the eyelid surgery. An upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or even both may be recommended.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes wrinkled folds of the skin on the upper eyelids which can cause hooding or drooping of the eyelids. The excess skin may obstruct or impair a person’s vision. Upper eyelid surgery incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper lid, and extra tissue is removed. Because the incision is in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be very well hidden after it heals. Upper blepharoplasty is best complimented with a Browlift or a Forehead lift. Non-surgical options that our plastic surgeon can provide that may help droopy lids and crow’s feet may be Dysport Botox and/or Ultherapy treatments.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
This procedure removes or relocates excessive tissue that may be causing the puffiness or bulges. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be placed inside the lower lid or on the lower lid just below the eyelashes. Wherever the incision is placed, it usually heals very well and scars are almost impossible to see. Lower blepharoplasty is best complimented with fat injections. Non-surgical options that may help puffiness or pigmentation is a filler such as Voluma XC or Juvederm XC, Fraxel, Ultherapy, Microneedling with PRP. Great products that are recommended are SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex or AOX Eye Gel.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After eyelid surgery at, patients are generally able to go home the same day, and can go back to normal activities within a few days. The level of discomfort should diminish day by day. The surgery itself may temporarily decrease the sensation in the eyelid skin or it may cause some dryness or irritation to the eye. Though the incisions heal in a few days, swelling and bruising may take a few weeks to completely disappear.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result
After Eyelid Surgery
The healing period is usually rapid, and results are apparent early in the postoperative period. Side effects may include temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Soreness can be treated with medication and swelling can be reduced with a cold compress. ensure a fast and safe recovery, including the use of ointment and eye drops to keep the incisions lubricated and the eyes from drying out. Stitches are removed within two and seven days of the procedure, and patients are usually able to resume normal activities within one to two weeks after eyelid surgery. Complications are extremely rare, though they may include hematoma and asymmetry of the eyelids.