Reasons To Undergo Eyelid Surgery
Our eyes are often the first physical features to show any visible signs of aging. Baggy or droopy eyelids, excess skin, persistent bags under the eyes — these are all common complaints among patients. Blepharoplasty works to enhance the appearance and shape of the eyes.
Excess, and sometimes drooping, skin in the upper eyelid and/or eyebrow — also known as ptosis — can severely affect the line of vision. When these areas are corrected through eyelid surgery, the patient can enjoy a wider range of vision in a matter of days.
Fewer Fine Lines
As people age, patients start noticing fine lines forming in the lower eyelids and at the outer corners of the eyes. Eyelid surgery reduces the number of these fine lines by lifting and tightening the eyelid skin.
Options For Eyelid Surgery
Just as there are many types of facelifts, there are many procedures to rejuvenate the eyelids. Depending on the situation, one or both eyelids can be adjusted during the same procedure. Some patients may benefit from simple fat removal of the lower eyelids which results in no external scarring, while others may require that excess skin and muscle are removed and the remaining tissues restored to a more youthful position. If incisions are required, they are well concealed in the eyes’ naturally-occurring folds and creases and become nearly imperceptible over time.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Puffy lower eyelids — often referred to as bags under the eyes — are a common concern for patients. When skin loses elasticity over time, it begins to sag and sometimes puff outward due to protruding fat deposits. For these cases, one of two incision types is made — directly below the lash line or a transconjunctival incision. A transconjunctival incision is made inside the eyelid, allowing Dr. Tyrone to access the area without making external incisions. It’s usually performed to add or remove fat deposits in the eyelid region.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Drooping and/or sagging eyelid skin can cause a patient to look older or be mistaken by others for appearing angry, sad, or tired. For some patients, sagging lids can interfere with their ability to see. For upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Tyrone makes an incision in the natural crease above the eye. Afterward, excess fat and skin are removed and surrounding muscles are adjusted, if necessary, to create the patient’s desired result.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
The eyelid surgery procedure generally takes 45 minutes to 2 hours to perform, depending on whether the patient undergoes another facial procedure at the same time. Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other procedures to maximize the surgical results. Eyelid surgery begins with an incision in the upper or lower eyelid, depending on which option the patient and Dr. Tyrone choose. An incision line is designed for the resulting scars to be well-concealed by the natural eyelid structure. Incisions are closed with skin glue or sutures. If sutures are used, they’re removed within one week. The final results will become evident as bruising and swelling decrease during recovery. Dr. Tyrone uses the latest surgical techniques to help patients achieve their desired goals.
Recovery After Eyelid Surgery
Following the procedure, some visible bruising, swelling, and soreness of the operated areas is expected and common. On average, patients return to work and everyday activities within 7-10 days after surgery. To help any discomfort and reduce swelling, cold compresses should be placed on the eyelids for about 10 minutes every few hours. Keeping the head elevated at night can further reduce discomfort while sleeping. Ultimately, good skincare habits and a healthy lifestyle will help patients enjoy the results of eyelid surgery for many years to come.