Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in
An eyelid surgery reduces excess wrinkles around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact our office in Birmingham, Alabama to schedule your consultation.
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 facelift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Why Should I Consider Eyelid Surgery?
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
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 JUVÉDERM® 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.
What Is My Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty
Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Candidates for eyelid surgery experience laxity and bags on their upper or lower eyelid that is causing emotional distress or obstructing their field of vision. Candidates for this procedure should be in good health with no pre-existing conditions that could hinder recovery, not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results.
Schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, to see if you are the right candidate for blepharoplasty.
Is there a non-surgical alternative to eyelid surgery?
Minimal signs of aging around the eyes can be addressed using non-surgical methods such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, dermal fillers, or laser treatments. These treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or correct volume loss (in the case of dermal fillers); however, they cannot remove excess skin or reposition fat pockets.
What surgical procedures can I combine with eyelid surgery?
What are the risks associated with eyelid surgery?
While eyelid surgery is a safe procedure with minimal risk, all surgical procedures come with the potential for complications. The most common of these complications include:
- Negative reactions to the anesthesia
- Temporary blurriness
- Facial asymmetry
- Unfavorable scarring
Is eyelid surgery permanent?
Eyelid surgery provides long-lasting results; however, this surgery does not prevent the aging process. With time, additional laxity can develop. To help maintain your blepharoplasty results, maintain a good skin maintenance routine, minimize sun exposure, and follow a healthy lifestyle.