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Eyelid surgery, technically known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical facial procedure designed to remove excess fat along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. These changes help to rejuvenate the appearance of the eye and give them a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
THE BENEFITS OF EYELID SURGERY
Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes, the most common aesthetic flaws with the eyelids that make you look older and more tired than you actually are. In some cases, sagging upper eyelids may even interfere with your vision.
It is important to note that eyelid surgery won’t remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. However, eyelid surgery can be combined with other procedures and treatments that address those issues.
While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Disclaimer: there is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary.
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Eyelid Surgery Ideal Candidates
Adults who do not smoke, have healthy facial tissue and muscles, and do not have any medical conditions that prevent them from healing properly are the best candidates for eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery is an option for patients who have extra skin around their eyes as well as problems with their eyelids. Candidates need to have a positive attitude and reasonable expectations about how much their eyelids and the skin around them can improve.
Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation
During the appointment, be open and honest with Dr. Morwood about why you want to undergo eyelid surgery. He will examine your tear ducts, measure and photograph your eyelids, and give you his professional opinion on the likelihood of success of your surgery. A visual checkup is also part of the process.
Dr. Morwood will ask about your medical history, including whether you’ve had prior surgeries or if you have pre-existing conditions like allergies, diabetes, dry eyes, glaucoma, or thyroid disease.
Any vitamins and herbal supplements you are taking should be discussed during your eyelid surgery consultation. Also, if you have a history of using tobacco products or alcohol, tell Dr. Morwood at this time.
HOW EYELID SURGERY IS PERFORMED
Procedure: Corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat and skin and trimming loosened muscles. (Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects).
Length: 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes, formation of whiteheads, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent), pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery), blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: Two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: About 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: Several weeks.
Aftercare: Bruising and swelling can be minimized with cool compresses. Walking is a gentle activity that may speed healing. It will be important to keep one’s head elevated at all times. Eyedrops can aid in addressing dry eyes during recovery. Sunglasses are recommended.
Duration of Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
– Donna O.
HOW MUCH DOES EYELID SURGERY COST?
The price of an eyelid lift can be impacted by a variety of factors. Blepharoplasty cost is determined based on anesthesia fees, the techniques used, total surgery time, and many other factors.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. MORWOOD
Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your eyelid surgery. Dr. Morwood is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will provide a custom-designed approach to help you achieve your aesthetic vision. He is dedicated to providing all of our patients with personalized care that addresses the specific issue they have with their eyelids.
Please call (831) 646-8661 to set up a consultation.