Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or undereye bag surgery, offers a comprehensive solution to a range of issues affecting the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty primarily involves removing excess skin and tissue around the eye to reduce eyelid heaviness and bags. The natural loss of skin elasticity over time, combined with the constant pull of gravity, as well as the loss of inherent tissue strength can lead to drooping skin around the eyes and a tired appearance. This procedure can be done for both functional and cosmetic purposes, with the ability to enhance both vision and aesthetic appearance.
Key Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
The primary goal of eyelid surgery for many patients is the improvement of early signs of aging. The procedure effectively addresses concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, impaired vision due to hooding of the upper eyelid and brow, and the attainment of a more youthful and alert appearance. It provides a means to achieve a refreshed look that can boost confidence and positively impact first impressions in both business and social interactions. Furthermore, eyelid surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to achieve a more comprehensive transformation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty typically experience aesthetic and/or functional issues with their eyelids. While it is more commonly performed on middle-aged and older individuals, eyelid surgery can also be considered for younger patients, depending on the individual’s native anatomy. Ideal candidates should be in good health with no pre-existing conditions that could lead to complications during and after surgery.
Your Blepharoplasty Consultation
To determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Conderman. During this consultation, Dr. Conderman will assess the degree of skin sagging, discuss your goals, and evaluate your overall health. Furthermore, the assessment of a proper candidate for blepharoplasty involves obtaining a detailed ophthalmologic (eye) history including any history of dry eyes, blurry or double vision and any medical condition(s) affecting the eyelids that could affect the outcome of the surgery. Dr. Conderman, a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, will provide personalized guidance throughout the process, offering care and compassion while tailoring a surgical plan that suits your unique needs.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The duration of an eyelid surgery depends on many factors including which eyelids are affected, the number of eyelids being treated, and the extent of eyelid correction that may be necessary. A typical eyelid surgery lasts anywhere from 1-3 hours although this can vary based on the specific alterations required. The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia. An incision is made in the target area, determined by the chosen type of eyelid surgery in your treatment plan.
There are two primary types of eyelid surgery: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. Depending on your aesthetic objectives, one or both procedures can be selected.
Upper Eyelid Surgery: This involves a strategically placed incision along the upper eyelid crease to access the underlying tissue. Excess skin and fat are precisely removed, addressing the droopy appearance of the eyes. In some cases eyelid ptosis repair may be necessary and in some cases a drooping lacrimal (tear) gland may be involved in the appearance of a heavy upper lid.
Lower Eyelid Surgery: Dr. Conderman’s preferred approach to the lower lid is via a “scarless” approach and this involves making an incision on the inner surface of the eyelid. This is called a transconjunctival approach and allows access to the lower lid fat pads in a safe and reliable manner. Additionally, this reduces the risk of complications following eyelid surgery. After the incision is made, excess fat is removed or repositioned and the incisions are meticulously closed to minimize post-surgical marks. In some cases of lower lid laxity, additional surgical procedures (e.g. canthopexy or suturing of lower lid in a more supported position) may be required.
Eye Lift Recovery
Recovery following eyelid lift surgery involves taking time off from work to rest and heal. Patients will require a friend or family member to drive them home, as they should not drive immediately following the procedure. Bruising and swelling around the eyes may be present, but these symptoms will subside within the first 10-14 days after surgery. Cold compresses can be used to facilitate this process, and maintaining an elevated head position is important. Dryness of the eyes may occur during healing, which can be managed as directed by Dr. Conderman. Preservative free eye drops (e.g. refresh plus eye drops) can be very helpful during the recovery period. Similarly, arnica tablets or topical cream can help with bruising.
After about 10 days, patients can resume normal activities, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three weeks. While eyeglasses can be worn with caution, contact lenses are not advisable during the first two weeks. Sun overexposure should be avoided during the recovery period.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The cost of eyelid surgery is determined by various factors, including the type of anesthesia used, the specific techniques employed, and the overall duration of the procedure. To obtain detailed pricing information, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Contact Our Office
If you are interested in exploring eyelid surgery, Dr. Christian Conderman, a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon dedicated to delivering excellent results and outstanding service, invites you to contact our office for a consultation. Our team is ready to guide you on your journey to a more youthful and beautiful you. We are committed to providing you with the best care and ensuring your unique needs are met.
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