About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are a beautiful facial feature that deserve to be shown off, but sometimes excess skin around the eyes can create a tired or aging look that can be unflattering. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Lee, offers blepharoplasty, known as eyelid surgery, to lift and elevate the skin above or below the eyes for a natural, more “alert” look. Countless men and women receive eyelid surgery to correct puffy bulges or saggy eyelids. Dr. Lee understands that your unique biology and ethnicity produces an individual makeup that sometimes creates unwanted effects. That’s why at ELEE Plastic Surgery he offers both upper and lower blepharoplasty, as well as specialized eyelid surgery known as Asian blepharoplasty.
This cosmetic procedure is popular among both men and women. During the initial consultation, the treatment options will be discussed based on the symptoms presented. Generally, ideal candidates suffer from excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes, or bloated, puffy skin below. These conditions can cause vision impairment, which can hinder your ability to accomplish certain everyday activities. If you have excess hanging skin and/or a drooping upper eyelid, or bulges and bags under your eye that result in a tired, older appearance, blepharoplasty can correct this and give you a more youthful appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
During blepharoplasty, general anesthesia or IV sedation is used. This procedure may be done on the upper eyelid alone, or the lower, or both during the same surgery. The approach for both the upper and lower are similar in nature, which is the removal of any fatty tissue, as well as excising any loose skin that may reside on or near the eyelid.
Upper eyelid surgery is performed to eliminate hanging folds of skin that impair vision, and creates a more flattering eyelid appearance. During an upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is commonly made in the natural creases of the lid to remove excess fat and saggy skin.
Lower eyelid surgery is used to reduce and improve puffy or bloated skin underneath the eyes. During this procedure, an incision is made just below the lower lash line so that fatty tissue can be removed and the skin lifted and tightened to create a flatter, smoother surface. In some cases, where volume is depleted, a filler will be injected to add volume for additional softness.
What to Expect
Eyelid surgery can take up to 2 hours depending on what is being addressed and if both eyes are being treated. After surgery, you should allot several days to rest and avoid strenuous activities. A cold compress and pain medication can help reduce discomfort and swelling. You may experience dry eyes following surgery, but this normally subsides after 2 weeks. The results from upper eyelid surgery can last a decade or longer, while lower eyelid surgery produces outcomes that can last years longer. Although eyelid surgery corrects droopy and bagginess above and below the eyes, it does not stop the aging process and does not eliminate dark circles under the eyes. However, there are nonsurgical treatments that can help reduce dark circles, such as laser treatments and chemical peels.
Look More Awakened
If you are having a hard time seeing because of excess or protruding skin above your eyelids, or suffer from puffy bags below your eyes, then eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. It addresses all these issues and creates a long-lasting flattering look that will enhance and elevate your eyelids. You will look younger and will feel rejuvenated. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and allow us help you turn back the hands of time.