look as good as you feel
Your eyes are usually the first thing people notice about you, and unfortunately, they are one of the first areas of the face to show age. The delicate skin of the upper eye can begin to sag and droop onto the upper eyelid. In some cases, this sagging skin may even impair your sight and prevent you from having a full field of vision. The lower lid can begin to show age by appearing droopy, and heavy under eye bags can give you a run-down appearance. Despite adequate rest and good health, these puffy bags and sagging lids may cause your face to appear haggard or fatigued.
Eyelid surgery (or “blepharoplasty”) can correct drooping or bulging eyelids by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle to give you a rested and refreshed appearance. By removing areas of excessive bulging and by tightening the skin around the eyes, eyelid surgery can give you a “brighter” appearance without changing the way you look.
Eyelid surgery can improve:
- Loose or sagging skin that hangs on to the upper eyelid
- Sagging upper lid skin that may impair your vision
- Excess fatty areas that appear puffy in the upper eyelids and lower eyelids
- Drooping bags under the eyes that may cause the white below the iris to show
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles around the lower eyelid
Whether you want to simply improve your appearance and appear younger, or you have functional issues with your eyelids that are hindering your quality of life, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your eyes and make you appear more refreshed. Ideal candidates are relatively healthy and do not have any serious pre-existing eyelid conditions (such as dry-eye).
“I underwent upper lid blepharoplasty at the age of 52 years old (and 32 at heart). The older I got, the heavier my eyes and lower my brows became, and these aging signs didn’t match up with the rest of me. My doctor saw the eyes that used to be and put them back with such care and precision – no one can tell I had the procedure at all.”
LENGTH: 60-90 minutes.
ANESTHESIA: Local with sedation (awake), or general (asleep).
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, temporary dryness, burning and itching of eyes, excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include temporary blurred or double vision, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, blindness (extremely rare). Patients must have controlled blood pressure and be off aspirin-containing products for two weeks prior to surgery.
RECOVERY: Reading: Two or three days. Back to work: Seven to ten days. Contact lenses: Two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: About three weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: Several weeks.
DURATION OF RESULTS: Five to 10 years.