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The eyes have a tremendous impact on our appearance. Excess eyelid skin and fat can make you appear tired, old, or angry. More than any other facial feature, your eyes reveal the most about how you feel. When your eyes are bright and alert, you appear energized. Eyelid surgery can restore a youthful, rested appearance in a matter of days. In most cases, there is minimal discomfort and the incisions are nearly invisible.
Blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation surgery (also called eyelid lift) is an operation designed to correct hanging skin around the eyes and bulges that may appear with age or due to heredity. Drooping skin is often most evident in the upper eyelids, where it can hide the normal skin crease above the eyelashes and even impair vision. “Bulging” seen in the upper or lower eyelids is actually due to regular pockets of fat which have become more pronounced with age. Together, these factors may combine to give the eyes a tired, aged look, which may be out of proportion to the rest of the face. An eyelid lift can produce dramatic improvement in appearance, restoring a more youthful and energetic look. Good candidates for eyelid lift are patients with normal tear production and good eyelid tone and function. Contact lens wearers may be asked to refrain from lenses for one to two weeks.
Surgery can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY
Patients who want to have brighter, more open eyes that make them look more awake and alert would be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Patients must also be in good health and should ideally be non-smokers or willing to quit. Maintaining realistic expectations is advised, as well.
Dr. Lytle will ask questions about the patient’s health, medical records, and specific concerns during the blepharoplasty consultation. He will also carefully examine the patient’s eyelids.
From there, Dr. Lytle will explain the surgical process and the expected results. Patients can take this opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and bring up any concerns that they may have. They can also discuss cost and any other procedures or treatments that they want to pair with the blepharoplasty.
Following the blepharoplasty procedure, the patient’s eyelids and surrounding area may be swollen and bruised. Patients may also experience mild discomfort during the early stages of the recovery period.
The eyes may experience temporary dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity to light. Instructions on how to care for the affected areas will be provided and must be followed closely.
Patients are advised to rest as much as possible while they are recovering. It will be best to prepare their bedroom specifically for this purpose.
BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID) COST
The cost of blepharoplasty will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies. Find out more by scheduling a consultation.
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