Since the eyes are the focal point of the face, they contribute substantially to our overall facial appearance. One of the first signs of early aging is bagginess or puffiness around the eyes with wrinkling of the eyelid skin. These features can give the face a perpetually tired expression. Eyelid surgery can improve how you feel about how you look and restore the youthful, alert appearance of the eyes.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery – also known as blepharoplasty – is a plastic surgery procedure designed to correct issues that plague older eyes, like sagging brows, excess eyelid skin, and undereye bags. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both. The overall goal of the procedure is to help create a more youthful look while correcting sagging issues caused by the aging process.
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
The best patients for eyelid surgery are those individuals who have excess skin around the eyelids and/or heavy undereye bags. Some patients may be able to use their health insurance for this procedure if the sagging eyelids are causing significant vision problems. All candidates should be healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations for this procedure.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed in our accredited in-office surgery facility on an outpatient basis. Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be used depending upon the individual. The procedure consists of making an inconspicuous incision on the upper eyelids and lower eyelids (transcutaneous approach) or possibly in the inner lining of the lower eyelids (transconjunctival approach) which may be combined with a skin tightening procedure such as a chemical peel or laser resurfacing. The excess skin and fat are removed and the wounds are closed.
You may notice some changes immediately after your surgery; however, you’ll notice your final results in a few weeks, after the swelling and bruising have gone done. Keep in mind that results may change up until six months after the procedure.
An overnight stay may be recommended if additional procedures are performed. You will remain in the recovery area for approximately 1-2 hours after surgery. Postoperative care and common postoperative findings will be discussed with your family prior to your discharge. Normal daily activities including work can usually be resumed 9-10 days after eyelid surgery.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137