With advancing age, it is common for eyelids to stretch. This is accompanied by the weakening of the muscles that support them. The result is that excessive fat begins to accumulate in the upper and lower eyelids, and this leads to droopy eyelids, undereye bags, and sagging eyebrows.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is helpful in enhancing the appearance of your eyelids. It is possible to perform the blepharoplasty surgery on both the upper and lower eyelid.
Blepharoplasty surgery is especially designed for those looking to improve droopy eyelids or eliminate functional problems associated with the eyelids. Below are some the common problems addressed by a blepharoplasty surgery:
- Sagging loose skin that tends to create folds and/or interferes with the natural shape of your upper eyelids. This looks skin may also impair your vision at times.
- Undereye bags
- Excess fat deposits that make your eyelids look puffy
- Fine wrinkles in the eyelids
- Sagging lower eyelids that end up revealing the white area below your iris
Preparation for Your Blepharoplasty Surgery
Prior to scheduling the blepharoplasty surgery, you will be required to meet with your surgeon during a consultation. This usually includes going over your medical history, which means answering questions about former surgeries and any recurrent conditions like allergies, glaucoma, dry eyes, and circulatory problems. The surgeon will take pictures of your eyes from various angles, as this will help them plan the surgery and assess its long-term and immediate effects.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
At the start of blepharoplasty surgery, anesthesia is administered in order to make the procedure completely painless for you. Following this, small and precise incisions are made in the eyelids.
Upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery) involves the use of an incision in the eyelid’s natural crease. In lower blepharoplasty, your surgeon will make an incision just beneath the lash line. Alternatively, an incision may be made in the inside region of your eyelid. This is referred to as the transconjunctival approach. In this approach, the surgeon is able to access the eyelid to be treated without creating any visible post-surgical marks on the outside of the eyelid.
After the incisions have been created, removal of excess skin is performed to tighten the area. Tightening of the muscle tissue may also be performed. To reduce eyelid puffiness, excess bulging fat is repositioned or removed according to the surgeon’s preferences. Once the removal of tissue is complete, your plastic surgeon uses thin stitches to join the skin together.
The Healing Process
Your doctor may apply cold compresses and a lubricating ointment to aid recovery after the eyelid surgery. In certain cases, gauze may be used for gently covering the eyes after the surgery.
Your doctor will provide you with a set of recovery instructions, which typically includes tips on taking care of the eyes and medication specifications (for application or oral intake). This will lead to a faster healing process and will also minimize the risk of infection.
During the time of initial healing, it is normal to experience slight bruising, swelling, dryness, or irritation. This discomfort can easily be controlled with cold compresses, ointment, and medication.
Contact Us for a Consultation
Contact our office if you would like to arrange an informative and helpful eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Williams. Dr. Williams has years of experience and will be happy to help you reach your beauty goals.