The Best Solution to Eliminate Saggy and Tired Eyelids
Most patients develop more skin laxity with age. The skin tends to stretch out leaving excess in certain areas, one common area for this is the upper and lower eyelids. Most patients tend to have skin in the eye folds, which may start to block peripheral vision. Some patients will address this concern with eyelid tape or eyelid glue to lift the excess skin, which does not provide lasting solutions. The board-certified team at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery performs Peoria blepharoplasty, helping patients restore the appearance, and sometimes, the functioning of the upper and lower eyelids.
What is a Blepharoplasty Procedure?
The best solution to address the excess skin of the eyelids is eyelid surgery. This cosmetic treatment is essentially a reshaping procedure that restores a more youthful and less tired appearance to the eyelids. The surgery is performed either under local or general anesthesia to reduce the pain and help the patient relax during the procedure.
Who Can Benefit From the Procedure?
Amazingly, almost any patient is a candidate for blepharoplasty surgery, given that it involves removing some extra skin and fat.
Genetically predisposed patients—who inherited the tendency to develop extra fat around the eyelids through their family, are also blepharoplasty candidates. So, even in their 20s, patients may have some heavy fat bags under their eyes that give them a tired appearance that they want to be addressed. Therefore, eyelid surgery runs the whole spectrum from young people up to older patients.
Will Someone be Able to See the Scars Following the Procedure?
The incisions are typically not visible after blepharoplasty, one of the great things about the procedure. For the upper eyelids, the incision is in the crease of the eyelid. When the eyelid is open, it is completely concealed. Typically, after the incision heals, the scar is inconspicuous, that you cannot even see it with the eyes closed, with or without makeup.
On the lower eyelid, there are two different types of blepharoplasty approaches:
- When strictly removing fat from the lower eyelid, there is no incision. Therefore, there is no scar.
- If your surgeon needs to remove the skin, then the incision is right under the lower eyelid eyelashes. The scar is usually very fine and thin, and the lower eyelash line completely conceals this.
Generally, when it comes to scarless procedures, blepharoplasty is as good as it gets.
What is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?
It is great that the recovery for eyelid surgery is not that significant. The biggest thing that patients have to deal with is bruising. Most patients get black eyes after upper or lower eyelid surgery. However, most of the bruising and swelling are gone in about ten days.
Your care provider will recommend that you remain safe by having a two-week window of recovery to ensure all the bruising and swelling are gone.
From a pain perspective, most patients report that they have very little pain during recovery.
Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery has an entire team committed to using the most innovative and safe approaches, ensuring that patients and their family members have an incredible blepharoplasty experience and outcome.