Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
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Think about it: what is the most important part of the face? What makes the biggest impression, makes the first impression, and has influenced the greatest number of poems? No question: the eyes have it. But what if the biggest impression your eyes make about you is being much older than you really are? What if the first impression is of someone extremely tired? Let's face it, none of us want a poem written about us that starts out "You look old and exhausted."
The eyes are one of the first places to show signs of aging. The bottom lids can get a heavy, baggy look, most often caused by fatty deposits. Upper eyelid skin can become lax and droop, as well as accumulate extra fatty deposits that add to the overall bulk of the upper lid. Not only can these features make you look aged and tired, for some people it can affect their vision.
Eyelid Surgery, known medically as Blepharoplasty, targets the eyes, lifting drooping lids and smoothing under-the-eye bags. In most cases, Eyelid Surgery creates a remarkable change that will lighten your face, making you look younger, alert and happier. And no doubt it will have you smiling in the mirror and more confident simply walking down the street.
Blepharoplasty can consist of either an upper Eyelid Lift or a Lower Eyelid Lift or a combination of both. It really depends on the consensus you and your physician reach. You will have the opportunity to discuss this with your physician during your consultation. While there, your physician will want to know everything about your medical history and all about current medications you take. You can discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery as well as ask any questions you may have.
The procedure itself usually lasts two hours, depending on its extensiveness and if it is combined with any other surgeries or treatments. Typically, local anesthesia is used instead of general anesthesia, in conjunction with a light sedative. For an upper Eyelid Lift, the incision runs along the natural crease of your eyelid. Unneeded fatty deposit or tissue is removed, along with excess skin. Fine sutures are gently placed to seal the incision. For a lower Eyelid Lift, the incision is made inside the bottom lid where fatty deposits can carefully be removed to eliminate any bulges or bags and excess skin is removed if needed. In younger people or those with good skin quality, the incision can be done on the inside of the lower lid. This will leave no scar on the skin and require no sutures.
A Time to Heal
Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient treatment. You will need someone to drive you home afterwards and it is good to have someone at home to help you for a few days. You will be given antibiotics to help guard against infection, will be asked to sleep with your head elevated for several nights and can apply ice packs as necessary to minimize swelling. Pain medication will be available to help with any discomfort you may feel. Initially your eyelids may feel tight or tender - this will go away with time. Sutures are typically removed within three days and most patients are able to resume working after about a week. It can take two to four weeks for all the bruising or discoloration to fade, but your doctor can recommend make-up and make-up tips to help camouflage this when appropriate.
Am I a Candidate?
Is Blepharoplasty for you? That is for you and your physician to determine. If your main concern is about drooping or baggy eyelids, Eyelid Lifts will effectively help you. They won't, however, fix crow's feet, wrinkles around the eyes or any skin discoloration. It's important to be in good physical health before any surgery. Your physician will discuss your health with you during your consultation. If you are a smoker you may be asked to stop smoking a couple weeks before and after your surgery to help your body heal.
Risks and Complications
All surgeries carry some risk and complications. With Blepharoplasty complications are rare but include bleeding, swelling, and infection. Vision can be blurry or eyes may water for a couple days. In very rare instances, the lower lid can develop ectropion, which is where the lid sags and rolls out, which requires additional surgery
Eyelid Surgery can create some of the most dramatic improvements to an aging face, instantly bringing a more youthful look. So if you are tired of people thinking you look exhausted, or if premature aging is starting to get old, maybe it is time for you to discuss Blepharoplasty - Eye Surgery - with your physician.