Achieve Transformative Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Several factors such as aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching, and obesity can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. This area is often one of the first to deteriorate, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. Droopy eyes or eyes that bulge can cause people to appear much older or more fatigued than they actually are.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery (Eyelid Lift), is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure can be performed on men and women alike and offers a younger, more refreshed look that reflects across the whole face.
Blepharoplasty is now the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure after rhinoplasty. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in perfecting overall appearance. In fact, two-thirds of adults consider the eyes to be the defining feature of the face. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty to improve your confidence.
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good overall health and who do not have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure will instantly make your eyes look younger and refreshed.
The blepharoplasty procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be used for anxious or nervous patients. Patients can choose to have this procedure on their upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
If the upper eyelid is being treated, an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the incision is made, Dr. Gary Wiesman may reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles and tissue, or remove excess skin in order to leave the eye looking younger and refreshed. For the lower eyelid, an incision is hidden just below the lash line in order for excess skin to be removed.
Results of a blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results.
The scars from the blepharoplasty procedure are usually well-concealed and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid in an upper blepharoplasty and just below the lashes in a lower blepharoplasty.