Eyelid Surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a highly technical procedure that can help a patient combat various signs of aging.
The eyes are at the center of our appearance and are the way we project our personality, so, of course, the skin and tissue around the eyes play a crucial role in the way we look and feel about ourselves.
As we age, so does the skin around the upper and lower eyelids; the resulting sagginess, puffiness, and overall droopy effect can cause you to appear years older than you are. It’s not uncommon for this excess tissue to eventually come to obstruct the vision, as well. Fortunately, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure that can rejuvenate the area around your eyes, thereby taking years off of your entire appearance.
Is Eyelid Surgery right for you?
You may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty if you are 35 years or older, and the region around your eyes suffers from:
- Baggy eyelids
- Droopy eyelids
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Excess fat around the eyes
- Excess tissue causing vision obstruction
When you come in for your private consultation, Dr. Larrabee will listen to you, help diagnose your condition, and then discuss with you the possible options. After a consultation, we can then determine whether surgery is the proper solution for your upper eyelids, lower lids or both. Dr. Larrabee’s recommendations will be based on extensive experience with both cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. In addition to his US training, he studied with experts in London and has performed thousands of reconstructive and aesthetic procedures.
You should keep in mind, however, that eyelid surgery does not address problems like chronic dark circles or crow’s feet. If those are areas you’d also like addressed, you may want to consider supplementing eyelid surgery with a laser resurfacing treatment or other non-surgical options like injectables (such as Botox and filler).
Regain Youthful Eyes in Just Hours
Eyelid surgery is completed in one to two hours. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Lower eyelid surgery is most frequently performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Larrabee will remove any excess fat and tighten areas of sagging muscles or skin around the eyes. A patient seeking blepharoplasty to improve the upper eyelids may require correction of excess hooding of skin, mechanical ptosis, lid ptosis, asymmetry of the eyelid margin, and/or brow ptosis. Correction of ptosis can be performed at the same time as cosmetic or functional blepharoplasty, thereby avoiding the necessity of 2 separate procedures.
For the first several days after your procedure, you’ll want to keep your head elevated at all times in order to minimize swelling. If you suffer from dry eyes, we recommend liberal use of eye drops. If you wear contacts, you’ll need to set them aside for a while—it will likely be a couple weeks before contacts feel comfortable again, but glasses can be worn immediately.