Over time, our eyelids are often the first physical feature to show signs of aging. The skin begins to droop and look puffy, which can cause us to look tired or angry. When excess skin starts to develop along the eyelids, this can also be an issue as it blocks our field of vision. Fortunately, patients wanting to address these issues and regain their youth can opt for plastic surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits to achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Those who wish to achieve one or more of the following cosmetic objectives may be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery:
Remove bags and puffiness along the lower eyelid
Restore a more refreshed and rejuvenated look to the eyes
Correct vision impairment caused by sagging in the upper eyelids
Eliminate wrinkles on the upper and lower eyelid
Restore a more youthful and rested appearance
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia and can target the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure can take approximately three hours to complete. During your consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine the condition of your eyelids to determine the best technique for your procedure.
Incisions will be made in the creases of the upper eyelids and close to the lash line just beneath the eyes to conceal any scarring. The muscles are then tightened while excess skin tissue and fat are removed. Stitches are used to close the incisions.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur but should subside after a few days. Pain medication or cold compresses can be used to reduce any pain or swelling. Most patients are able to return to work between five and seven days after surgery.