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Is Eyelid Surgery Right for me?

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for me?

With age comes a variety of changes in your appearance, including wrinkles, fine lines and drooping, sagging eyelids. As you age, the eyelids stretch, which weakens the muscles supporting them. The result is excess fat that gathers above and below your eyelids, causing drooping upper lids, bags under your eyes and sagging eyebrows. Not only can these issues with your eyelids make you look older, but if you have severely sagging skin around your eyes, it may reduce your peripheral vision as well. Fortunately, there is a procedure available that can repair your droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can make your eyes appear younger, more alert and reduce vision problems.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

If you are in good overall health, have realistic expectations and a positive attitude, you will most likely be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Some of the most common reasons why you may want to consider blepharoplasty may include:

  • If you have excess, hanging skin that covers the natural fold of your upper eyelids
  • If you have loose skin that hangs down from your upper eyelids and over your eyelashes
  • If the loose skin on your upper eyelid affects your vision
  • Your upper and/or lower eyelids appear puffy, which make your eyes look aged and tired
  • If you have wrinkles, “crepe paper” looking and/or excess skin on the lower eyelid
  • You have deep grooves under your eyes
  • You have dark circles and bags under your eyes
  • The surface of your upper eye is not smooth enough or too small to apply makeup

 

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. To determine if you are a good candidate and to decide how much skin, fat and/or muscle to remove, your surgeon will do a complete evaluation of your bone structure and facial muscles.

What to Expect

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. To determine if you are a good candidate and to decide how much skin, fat and/or muscle to remove, your surgeon will do a complete evaluation of your bone structure and facial muscles. Before, during and after the eyelid surgery you can expect:

  • The procedure will typically take one to two hours for both eyelids.
  • Following the procedure you may experience temporary tightness of your eyelids, bruising, swelling, itching and/or burning. It is also common to expect excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
  • As the anesthesia wears off your eyelids may feel sore and tight, but the discomfort can typically be controlled with pain medication.
  • You will be able to return to work in seven to ten days.
  • Strenuous activities can resume in about three weeks.
  • If you wear contacts, you will not be able to wear them for about two weeks.
  • It may take several weeks for the bruising and swelling to be completely gone.

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis with a local and sedation anesthesia. Like any surgery, there may be risks involved, which may include your vision being temporarily blurred, bleeding, infection, dry eyes, swelling at the corners of your eyelids, slight scarring and/or difficulty closing your eyes completely. The results of eyelid surgery are often several years and permanent in some cases. If your eyelids begin to sag again after about five years, you may need to talk with your surgeon about a forehead lift instead of another eye lift.

If you've experienced drooping, sagging or puffy eyelids, you know how it can impact your everyday life. Eyelid surgery has many benefits, so if you'd like to discuss your options, contact us at Tate Medispa and we can answer any questions you may have and help you understand this common procedure.

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