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Eyelid SurgeryThe eyes are one of the first features others will notice. Because of the active circular muscles about the eye it is also one of the earliest facial structures to reveal our age. We lose volume in the eyelids and brow while the muscles of the lower lid relax and demonstrate the fat pads which cushion the eyeball. Not only do drooping eyelids cause a person to look tired and drained, but they can also block peripheral vision.
To restore your youthful look, eyelid surgery on the upper and/or lower lids can brighten the face and make a person look more rested.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can correct sagging and drooping skin and muscles of the upper and lower lids. Fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid may be diminished along with bags under the eyes. Excess deposits of fat in the both eyelids can be removed, reducing a puffy appearance. Once treated, a person can look years younger by simply addressing the all-important eye region.
Upper Blepharoplasty can be an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia. Surgery typically takes an hour, though more time is needed for cases where a large amount of tissue needs correction. Incisions are well concealed within the natural folds of the eyelids.
Through the incisions, fat can be repositioned or removed, muscles and tissue can be tightened, and excess skin can be excised. Incisions are typically closed with fine sutures. Blepharoplasty may be performed in conjunction with a browlift or facelift for additional facial rejuvenation. The procedure is also frequently combined with BOTOX® treatments to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or crow’s feet around the eyes.
Swelling and bruising will occur after eyelid surgery but this will usually resolve by 5-7 days. Once subsided, patients are able to see the result of the procedure, including less heavy or puffy looking eyelids and a more alert appearance.
Many also notice a renewed ability to see a broader visual field without straining. Until swelling is gone, keeping the head elevated and the use of cold compresses can help to reduce puffiness.
There is typically little pain associated with blepharoplasty, but Dr Kessler is able to prescribe medication if needed to control discomfort or prevent dry eyes. You are able to continue light activity, though strenuous activity should be avoided for four weeks. Any stitches that need removal can be taken out after 5 days.
+^02 How is a Blepharoplasty performed?
To perform the Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, Dr. Kessler will begin with a small incision in the crease of the upper eyelid; for a Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, he will make a tiny incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, or below the lower lashes. Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Kessler will excise excess fat and skin, repositioning the remaining tissue for a youthful appearance. The incisions are then sutured closed.
+^05 What type of anesthesia is used during a Blepharoplasty?
The Blepharoplasty is performed under a local anesthetic with sedation.
+^06 Where are the incisions made from Eyelid Surgery?
An Upper Lid Blepharoplasty consists of a very small incision along the crease of the eyelid. A Lower Lid Blepharoplasty is comprised of a short incision on the inside of the lower lid, or below the lower lash line. Patients often use a combination of the Upper and Lower Eyelid Lift, therefore both sets of incisions are necessary.
+^08 What can I expect from the Blepharoplasty recovery?
Patients should plan for the recovery after their Eyelid Lift to take between one and two weeks. Redness, bruising, and swelling will likely occur, but will fade over the first two to three weeks.
+^09 When can I return to work after Eyelid Surgery?
Patients normally feel well enough, and are comfortable with the look of their eyes, to return to work or school in seven to ten days.
+^10 Will there be scarring after my Blepharoplasty?
There are tiny scars left from the Blepharoplasty procedure. Dr. Kessler will make sure these are well concealed within the natural creases of the eyes.