The area around the eyes is frequently one of the first places for signs of aging and fatigue to become apparent. As a result, many men and women often feel they look much older and more tired than they actually are, which can be particularly troubling in the workplace and/or social settings. At our practice, our board certified plastic surgeons – Stafford R. Broumand, MD and Daniel Y. Maman, MD – offer eyelid surgery for individuals interested in reducing wrinkles, puffiness, and other concerns that may be contributing to an aged look. Medically referred to as blepharoplasty, the procedure can also eliminate the drooping of excess eyelid skin, helping some patients improve their field of vision. By employing leading eyelid surgery techniques, our doctors can help take years off your appearance with exceptionally natural-looking results.
What Can Blepharoplasty Do for Me?*
Depending on your personal goals and individual concerns, eyelid surgery may be able to help:
- Smooth wrinkled skin in the lower and/or upper eyelids
- Eliminate drooping skin in the upper eyelids
- Diminish bagginess and/or puffiness in the eye region
- Remove fat accumulations in the lower and/or upper eyelids
- Improve the appearance of dark circles below the lower lids
- Excise extra, sagging skin that may be obstructing vision
* results may vary
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can be a great option for many men and women seeking to diminish various signs of aging in the upper and/or lower eyelids. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are those who have:
- Crepey skin in the upper and/or lower lids
- Drooping/hooding of the upper eyelids
- Dark circles below the lower eyelids
- Displaced and/or excess fat in the eyelids
- Puffiness or bagginess throughout the eye region
In addition to those with aesthetic concerns, individuals whose vision is partially or significantly obstructed by sagging upper eyelid skin are often considered good candidates for blepharoplasty. Depending on the amount of excess skin removed, eyelid surgery can greatly enhance the field of vision for these patients.
Considerations for Eyelid Surgery
When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, blepharoplasty can have a dramatically positive impact on one’s entire facial appearance, often making them look more refreshed while turning back the hands of time by a number of years. In certain instances, however, complementary treatments performed in and/or around the eye region may be needed to fully rejuvenate the area.
Based on their unique needs and goals, many patients benefit from receiving a brow lift and/or cosmetic injectables in combination with blepharoplasty. For those who have substantial eyelid drooping, a brow lift can often help further elevate the upper lids to improve vision while also smoothing lines and wrinkles across the forehead. Similarly, individuals bothered by smile lines and crow’s feet around the eyes may want to consider dermal fillers like Restylane® and BELOTERO BALANCE® to reduce these signs of aging. Any and all of these options can be easily performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery for the majority of patients, helping to create a more comprehensive enhancement.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Although they are relatively similar, upper and lower eyelid surgery are actually considered two distinct procedures. During upper eyelid surgery, tiny incisions are inconspicuously made in the natural folds of the eyelid, and redundant skin and/or fat tissues are excised until the desired result is achieved. During lower eyelid surgery, a small incision is discreetly made in the natural crease beneath the lower lashes, and excess fat, skin, and muscle tissues are removed as needed. If necessary and/or desired, fat can be redispersed throughout the treatment area to aid in the reduction of bulging and/or puffiness, and sagging skin can be tightened to achieve an ideal aesthetic. For most patients, the entire blepharoplasty procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete, but this may vary based on whether surgery was conducted on the upper lid, lower lid, or both.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Following blepharoplasty, some initial swelling and/or bruising in the eyelid region can typically be expected, though these symptoms should gradually dissipate with time. Any potential discomfort can generally be controlled with medication, and the majority of patients are able to return to non-strenuous work and/or daily activities within approximately five to seven days. In order to help ensure proper healing, our doctors will apply a lubricating medicinal cream immediately after surgery, and they recommend avoiding any rigorous physical activity for at least several weeks.
Become More Informed About Blepharoplasty
Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman believe that patients who are fully informed about their procedural options make better decisions and are typically more pleased with their overall treatment experience. For this reason, they strive to maximize communication throughout the consultation process, encouraging prospective individuals to ask questions and vocalize any concerns they may have. The consultation is a time for details both big and small to be discussed thoroughly until you have a complete understanding of what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Our team understands there is a considerable amount of information to take in when making such a major decision, and it is important to us that you decide whether or not blepharoplasty is right for you at your own pace. Whether you ultimately choose to proceed with treatment or not, we are happy to lend a helping hand along your aesthetic journey.
Contact Our Office
If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our Harvard-trained plastic surgeons, please do not hesitate to contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery today.