Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Saginaw

Several factors such as aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching of the skin and obesity can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. This area is often one of the first to show signs of aging,  as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than on the rest of the face. Eyelids that droop or bulge due to fatty deposits can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, 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 the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure after rhinoplasty. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes and the degree to which their appearance affects the overall attractiveness and youthfulness of one’s face.   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 look and boost your confidence, through a safe procedure with minimal downtime.

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good overall health who do not smoke or have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and fresh.

It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing surgery in order to be satisfied with their results. While this procedure can enhance your appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter your entire appearance or change the structure of your face.

The Procedure

The blepharoplasty procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on patient preference. Patients may choose to have this procedure on their upper or 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. Weiss 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 made on the inside of the lower eyelid to remove fat pockets. To remove extra skin from the lower eyelid, an incision may be made just below the lash line, or a laser or chemical peel may be used to tighten the skin without an external incision. After the procedure is performed, the incisions are closed with sutures.

After the blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Weiss recommends applying lubricating ointment and cold compresses to help aid the healing process and to minimize swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes.

Patients can usually return to work within a few days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery.

Results

Results of a blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. The scars from the blepharoplasty procedure are usually well concealed and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent your eye area from continuing to age, most patients are happy with their results and do not seek repeat procedures.

Plastic Surgery Saginaw