Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
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Many people feel they look more tired or older than they really are because of the drooping skin or bags around their eyes. Due to the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes, this is often the first area that people show signs of aging.
Occasionally, extra drooping skin of the upper eyelid can actually interfere with a person’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty from the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery can improve vision for patients who have hooding of their upper eyelids. An eye doctor can evaluate visual fields to determine if the removal of eyelid skin is medically necessary.
Blepharoplasty will not remove “crow’s feet”, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.
We believe you need to be well-informed about the cosmetic procedure in which you are interested, including the pre- and post- operative expectations. At your initial consult, the physician will meet with you about your concerns and personal goals. Feel free to bring in images of looks that you do or don’t like to help us understand your aesthetic tastes and goals. The surgeon will then examine you, and offer her opinion on how to achieve your goals, based on best practices.
Choosing a surgeon is an intensely personal decision. We encourage you to take time to question the physician and her team. We believe the formation of a personal bond is an integral part of the surgery and healing process.
During a blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat from both the upper and lower eyelids are removed and the underlying muscles and tissue are tightened. By removing excess skin and fat, the look around the eyes is cleaned up and softened, giving a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Incisions are placed in the natural lines of the upper or lower eyelids, so the scars are hidden nicely.
The surgery takes 1-2 hours, and can performed using a variety of anesthesia options. This is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home the same day.
You may resume reading 2 to 3 days after surgery. Most patients return to non strenuous work 7 to 10 days following surgery. One should plan to have some swelling and bruising around the eyes for up to two weeks after surgery. You can return to strenuous activity levels in 4-6 weeks.
Eyelid surgery, as with all surgical procedures, carries a certain amount of risk. It is important that you understand these risks, and the possible complications or adverse events, associated with them. Your surgeon will discuss any risks with you during your consultation and pre-operative appointments.
Contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery
Please contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery for more information on eyelid surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.