Category: Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The eye area’s delicate skin and tissues are often the first to be affected by stress and the natural aging process. As we lose the naturally produced collagen that keeps skin supple, our skin starts to thin and crease. In the eyes, these creases lead to a prematurely aged appearance.
An eyelid lift is used to correct the issues that prematurely age eyes by removing excess skin to tighten the entire area. This smooths any creases and helps to open up the eyes, ensuring the eyes look brighter and more alert.
Eyes on the Prize: How Blepharoplasty Can Refresh Your Look
What an Eyelid Lift Treats
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Puffiness or bags under the eyes
- Drooping or sagging eyelids
- Creases along the eye area
Removes Signs of Aging
Aging tends to affect the eye area sooner than other areas because of how thin the skin is in that location.
This makes the natural loss of volume clearer than most, leading to conditions like wrinkling and crow’s feet to develop.
Signs of exhaustion are more evident, like dark circles and swelling that causes bags under the eyes. Drooping or sagging eyelids can even obstruct vision at certain points and affect people’s quality of life.
With an eyelid lift, these signs of aging are subtly erased as skin and muscles are tightened. What’s more, an eyelid lift also helps remove wrinkles and creases, essentially turning the clock back by restoring youthful contours.
Rejuvenates Skin Around Eyes
Think about the difference between a normal night’s rest and a restless night—usually, the lack of sleep shows in the eyes. The changes from blepharoplasty can produce a dramatic rejuvenating effect for the rest of the face.
Eyes that look awake and alert are the cornerstones to a youthful look. Contours are restored for a youthful effect, turning the clock back and brightening up the entire face.
On the Bright Side: How Blepharoplasty Works
Essentially, blepharoplasty is used to remove loose skin and tissue that’s starting to sag, which creates an aged appearance. This procedure lifts eyelid tissue so eyes look brighter and immediately more alert.
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Dr. Guy uses tiny incisions along the eyelids to access the skin and tissue underneath. Excess skin and fat are removed, and muscles are tightened. This refreshes the appearance of the eyes right away.
Upper blepharoplasty involves incisions in the upper eyelid, while lower blepharoplasty incisions are made along the lower lash line in most cases. In selected cases, the incision can be made inside the eyelid, thus producing no external scar. This technique is called transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty. Dr. Guy uses the most appropriate methods as needed, based on each individual patient and his or her needs.
Recovery and Results
Usually, it takes patients about a week or two for bruising and swelling to minimize. It may take several weeks to recover from some of the effects of blepharoplasty surgery. There will be side effects right after surgery that include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Itching or burning
- Tightness around the surgery area
- Swelling or bruising
- Blurred or double vision
- Eye dryness
- Excessive tearing
Patience is key when it comes to ensuring your healing goes well. Patients will usually be instructed to keep their head elevated, get a lot of rest, use comfort measures like ice to manage pain, and avoid excessive sun exposure in the days following surgery.
After one week, most of the swelling and symptoms should have subsided enough for patients to be able to watch TV, read, and do other light activities. By two weeks, most patients can go back to work, wear makeup, and even use contacts, though some discomfort could linger for some time.
Eyelid lift surgery usually results in long-term change. Most results are permanent, come with very little scarring, and provide a dramatic change that still naturally fits with the rest of the face for a total rejuvenating effect.
What Is a Brow Lift?
This procedure, also known as a forehead lift, targets deep creases, frown lines, and drooping brows.
Brow lift surgery removes excess muscle and tissue, tightening the entire forehead to raise eyebrows and smooth creases.
Brow Lifts and Eyelid Lifts
A brow lift procedure is often combined with other facial procedures, including eyelid lifts, to provide the best overall outcome.
Dr. Guy can perform a brow lift and eyelid lift together if the patient desires it. Typically, this is needed if patients have lots of hanging skin along the upper eyelids or brows that requires removal.
GOURMET PLASTIC SURGERY
What is that all about? Of course, we all know what gourmet cooking is, so can we apply those standards to plastic surgery? I think we can! When I think about some of the cases I have had these past few months, there are several that required (and I am going to the dictionary for the gourmet definition) “high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation” or are “elaborately equipped for the preparation of fancy, specialized, or exotic results.”
IT CAN BE COMPLICATED
Like the patient who had bilateral mastectomies and several breast reconstructions from several centers. She had a reasonable result, but just not a GREAT result – she still had some significant asymmetry. Or the one who had liposuction years previously and generally liked the contour, but felt there were a few areas where too much had been taken (and, by the way, the skin is now saggy, so can we do a tummy tuck?). Then there was the “I just need a touch up” facelift patient who needed tightening in some areas and volume in other areas. The cases are not always straightforward, or simple, or single procedures, or procedure combinations that are typically performed together. So, in a sense, they are “exotic” cases. How fun!! And what a surgical dream come true, to bring all your wits to the table to figure out how best to get the job done!
LIKE A HUMAN PUZZLE
So, the breast reconstruction patient needed revisions on both sides, different size and shaped “form stable” or “gummy bear” implants, tissue rearrangement on both sides, and the special, missing ingredient…….FAT. The liposuction patient needed the tummy tuck, more suction of other areas, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and the magic ingredient for the contour defects……FAT. The facelift patient just needed a little tightening of the upper face and upper eyelids, but more importantly, needed the softening volume to her face from…….FAT!
EXPLOSION OF KNOWLEDGE
Using one’s own fat for augmentation of areas in need of softening, volume, smoothing and even better tissue characteristics has finally come of age. There has been a veritable explosion of knowledge and technique associated with the art and science of fat grafting. We now know about the potential of fat “stem cells” to rejuvenate tissues. We know more about how to keep the fat alive. We now know better the numerous and complicated steps the technique requires to gain success. And we are still learning. Fat is the new frontier……and in a GOOD way!
FAT…it’s the icing on the cake, the secret sauce, the perfect seasoning. What a great time to be a plastic surgeon!
Dr. Roxanne Guy is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helping her patients attain the beautiful results they desire. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Guy, please call us at 321-727-1600 or fill out our online contact form.