Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery for Upper & Lower Eyelids
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is primarily performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and reduce bagginess in the lower eyelids. The surgery can also be termed as eyelift, bleph or blepharoplasty. Patients typically opt for this surgery for cosmetic reasons. It is also an effective means of improving eyesight among older people, whose sagging upper eyelids obstruct their vision.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty drastically improves the tired appearance of droopy eyelids. This is achieved by discarding excess pockets of fat and skin from the lower and upper eyelids. For better results many patients combine cosmetic eyelid surgery with alternative treatments, such as a brow lift, to further reduce the appearance of droopy eyes.
DERMAL FILLERS, LIFTS AND SKIN RESURFACING CAN ENHANCE BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURE
Patients can also opt for neurotoxins to minimize crow’s feet. On its own, blepharoplasty will not treat crow’s feet, dark circles under the eyes or facial wrinkles.
Patients can however opt for treatments such as injectables, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing or browlift to accompany the blepharoplasty procedure. Botox type injections address crows feet while dermal fillers like Belotero can address issues with the lower lids as needed.
While cosmetic eyelid surgery can enhance your physical appearance, it will not alter facial structure or result in your ideal look. Candidates must speak with Dr. Gallo to discuss their goals prior to the surgery and get a realistic idea of what they can expect.
Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty
Not everybody is a good candidate for blepharoplasty surgery. The ideal candidates are those who are in good health and have realistic expectations about the surgery. Most candidates who opt for this surgery are 35+ years old but if droopy or baggy eyelids run in your family, it is best you have the surgery done sooner.
The right candidate for the surgery will understand the purpose of the surgery is to reduce puffiness in the upper eyelids, remove under eye bags and restore vision, which may be obscured by excess fat and skin in the eyelids.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY INCLUDES PATIENTS WHO HAVE:
- Tired Looking Eyes: Blepharoplasty can address features that cause candidates to appear more tired and look older than they are.
- Puffy Upper Eyelids:The surgery can reduce puffiness and smooth the appearance of under eye bags.
- Excess Upper Eyelid Skin: The surgery can remove and tighten extra eyelid skin.
- At least 18 Years Old: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
- Good Physical and Mental Health: While blepharoplasty is a minor surgery, there are different risks associated with the procedure, which need to be taken into consideration before making a final decision about the surgery.
- Realistic: Patients must be realistic regarding the outcomes of the surgery.
UPPER EYELID SURGERY
Dr. Gallo removes the excess fatty tissue and skin in upper eyelid lift surgery that are responsible for the appearance of inflated, droopy eyelids. During the surgery, Dr. Gallo will make incisions into the natural creases of the upper eyelids to reduce scarring and create a more natural look. In some cases Dr. Gallo may reposition the muscles under the eyelids.
The remaining skin is reattached and lifted, resulting in a youthful appearance. To complete the procedure, Dr. Gallo will close the incisions using fine sutures.
The main purpose of upper eyelid surgery is to help the patient look refreshed, see better and feel better.
LOWER EYELID SURGERY
While the sole purpose of the upper eyelid surgery is to remove unwanted sagging skin, the lower eyelid surgery focuses on the removal of fat deposits, which are commonly found under the eye. Removal of these fat deposits under the eye in conjunction with tightening of saggy skin results in a firm, smoother and more youthful looking appearance above the cheek.
Lower eyelid surgery may also enable Dr. Gallo to reposition fat inside the hollowed areas underneath the eyes, resulting in healthier and plumper skin. This fat transfer technique helps prevent the eyes from looking sunken.
During a lower eyelid surgery, Dr Gallo selects an incision point either on the inside of the eyelid leaving no visible scar or under the lower eyelashes in a discreet spot to hide scarring and create a natural look.
Once he is able to access the area, he will remove excess muscle, fat and skin, as needed, while redistributing some fat to minimize uneven swelling and puffiness. Muscle laxity may also corrected with this surgery. As you can see lower eyelid surgery may accomplish many things to improve the look under your eyes. Book a consultation with Dr. Gallo to learn more.
The patient’s eyelids are likely to feel tight and sore immediately after the surgery as the anesthesia starts to wear off. The medical team may prescribe medication to help with the pain and alleviate discomfort. Fortunately, post-operative pain associated with blepharoplasty is uncomfortable but not extreme. Patients have described the pain similar to that of windburn and sunburn.
After the surgery, patients are likely to experience swelling around the incision areas. Iced eye pads and a cold compress can be used to minimize the effects. Please be careful while applying compresses to avoid disturbing the incisions. Patients are also advised to avoid strenuous activities and excessive blinking that may increase blood flow to the eyes to prevent extreme swelling.
Dr. Gallo also uses minimally invasive techniques to improve recovery time, minimize scarring and create a natural look. Most scars fade over time and are unnoticeable.
The Results of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery eliminates the heaviness of eyelids and allows eyes that once appeared tired and aged to look brighter and more alert. The results of upper eyelid surgery typically last at least 5 to 7 years while lower eyelid surgery need not be repeated.
Patients should keep in mind this surgery does not prevent their eyelids from aging after the procedure and merely eliminates the ‘drooping’ effect. If the patient’s eyelids sag again, Dr. Gallo may recommend a browlift instead of another eyelift for better results in the future.