Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty
By David E. Marcus, M.D.
Do people always tell you that you look tired or sad? Do your eyes make you look older than you are? The eye area is often the first place to show signs of aging because the skin around the eyes is much thinner than that of the rest of the face. This reason, combined with hereditary factors, sun damage, stress and fatigue help explain why so many people, both young and old, are having eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, can remove excess skin, bags and pouches from under and above the eyes. Sometimes an eyebrow lift is also performed to raise drooping eyebrows and help eliminate creases on the outside of the eye. These procedures will not eliminate crow’s feet, however, Botox can help this condition. Also, while dark circles cannot be eliminated, the problem is often greatly improved because some darkness can be caused by shadows or excess skin. Dr. Marcus might also recommend laser skin resurfacing instead of, or in addition to eyelid surgery in some circumstances.
Actual Santa Rosa Eyelid Surgery Patient
Cosmetic eyelid surgery usually takes between one to three hours. Dr. Marcus will make incisions along your natural skin lines, remove excess skin (which causes the wrinkles) and excess fat (which causes the pouches), and close the incisions. After surgery you may experience some discomfort, but this should be easily controlled by medication.
Swelling and bruising can be reduced by resting and keeping cold compresses on your eyes at least the first day after surgery. Typically, most patients are up and around two to three days after surgery. Sutures are usually removed in less than a week, and the bruising (which can usually be covered by makeup) and swelling will gradually subside. Any and all scars will usually fade and become barely visible over the next month or two.
Afterwards you should look refreshed and alert. And although many people may remark on your improved appearance, most will not know you have eyelid surgery unless you tell them. It is remarkable how a little improvement in your eyes can cause such a dramatic improvement in your appearance.
Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty – Quick Facts
To restore a more rested and alert appearance to the eyes. It will remove the excess fat and wrinkled skin of the upper eyelids. For lower lids, it will eliminate the bags under the eyes and tighten the eyelid skin.
The length of eyelid surgery may vary, but is usually completed in 1 to 3 hours.
Local anesthesia or local with sedation is required when performing an eyelid surgery at our Santa Rosa, CA cosmetic surgery center.
Approximately four to seven days.