Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an extremely popular procedure to refresh and rejuvenate your skin around your eyes. It can be performed for the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both depending on how aging and gravity has affected the skin and soft tissue surrounding the eyes. These effects can cause the eyes and the face to look tired, sad, or less youthful. Since most people will look at your eyes more frequently than any other aspect of your face, it is understandable why people will want to address these problems first.
Although non-surgical techniques such as Botox or fillers such as Juvederm are frequently used to reduce wrinkles and provide volume, these improvements can be short-lived and less dramatic. Only surgery can remove excess skin or fat that can cause unsightly aging around the eyes, and these improvements can last well over a decade or more.
Eyelid surgery commonly will address one or more of the issues below:
- It removes and tightens extra skin from the upper or lower eyelid
- It removes excess fat deposits or strategically repositions the fat to a more youthful position
- It removes eye bags (tear trough) and droopiness in the lower eyelid crease
- It can improve vision by removing excess sagging skin from the upper eyelid
- By addressing the eyebrow position, a combination procedure can help restore balance to the eye region and reverse the signs of aging
You are a great candidate for eyelid surgery if you are in good physical health or have few serious medical conditions. Ideally, you should be a non-smoker and have realistic expectations for your outcome. You may be asked to get a formal eye exam with an ophthalmologist or additional tests to ensure that your eyes have adequate moisture and tears. Lastly, blood tests or a medical risk assessment/clearance from your primary doctor may be required to ensure that your surgery is performed safely with minimal risk to you.
The general steps of eyelid surgery are listed below:
- First, anesthesia will be administered intravenously (conscious sedation), local anesthesia, or with general anesthesia.
- The incisions for eyelid surgery are hidden within your natural eyelid creases or done inside the lid.
- The surgery may be performed on the upper lids alone, the lower lids alone, or on both the upper and lower eyelids together depending on your personal goals
- Excess skin, if any, is removed precisely. Fat deposits will be repositioned or trimmed, and muscles and tissue are tightened.
- The incisions are closed with both absorbable and non-absorbable superfine sutures, which will be removed within a week
- The results will improve gradually over a few while you heal and the swelling and bruising of the procedure dissipate.
As with any surgical procedure, there are known risks, which are usually minimal. It is important to understand the risks and benefits and potential complications. . You may be asked to reveal and medications or supplements that may increase bruising after the surgery. You may be asked to refrain from taking these medications for 1 week prior to your surgery.
Dr. Tito L. Vasquez will spend all the time you need to understand what this procedure and can and can’t do for you. Dr. Vasquez will spend the time it takes to answer all of your questions and make you feel safe and secure about your procedure. Following the procedure, you may have certain restrictions and precautions to allow you to heal as best as possible. With his skill and artful eye, Dr. Vasquez wants to ensure that you have the best outcome possible.
Contact the office today to learn if Blepharoplasty, or Eyelid Surgery, is right for you.