It is said that "eyes are the windows to your soul". And that first thing noticed about a person, is their eyes. Both may explain the ever increasing popularity of eyelid surgery. Known as blepharoplasty, this corrective procedure can reduce dark circles or "bags" under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave minimal visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to improve puffiness and bagginess. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles and Juvederm to fill in deep tear troughs and eyelid hollowness.
The surgery generally takes one to two hours and is performed in the physician's office. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.
Normally, post-operative instructions call no strenuous activities or heavy lifting for a couple of weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure may be slightly longer than other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.