Eyes are considered to be one the most expressive features on the face. People can tell a lot from your eyes – how you are feeling, your mood, even your opinion. It’s little surprise that you can become self-conscious about your eyes as you age. An eyelift, or blepharoplasty, can lift and tighten the skin around your eyes to make them brighter and younger-looking. What is less commonly known is that an eyelift can also improve your vision by lifting or removing folds of skin that can impede your sight.
The skin around your eyes is extremely thin, making it easy to get wrinkles, dark circles, and puffy areas. This condition can give you a tired appearance or make you appear older than you really are. When you get older, your skin also loses elastin and collagen, which maintain firmness. As a result, your skin may start to loosen and cause your upper and lower eyelids to droop. Drooping upper eyelids can block your vision or make it harder to wear glasses.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Blepharoplasty is one of the five most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. It is also one of the safest and most effective. The surgery takes place under general anesthesia and lasts anywhere between one and three hours.
Surgeons can make corrections to the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both in the same procedure. The upper eyelid correction starts with an incision at the natural crease in middle of the lid. The lower lid incisions are made either just below the lower lash line or on the inside of the lower lid. From there, the surgeon can remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten the muscles, and remove any excess skin. Since the incisions are made at the crease or the lash line, they are easily concealed when the eyes are open or with eye makeup. Once the adjustments are made, the surgeon will close the incisions with adhesive, tape, or sutures.
The Blepharoplasty Recovery
Your eyes will likely be achy, bruised,and swollen for about three weeks after surgery, though the majority will be gone after about a week. You will have prescribed pain medication to help worst of it. You will also use cold compresses to reduce the swelling and soothe the face.
You’ll have to be very mindful of protecting your skin from sun damage and irritation. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen whenever you’re going to be outdoors and keep some moisturizer handy to keep your skin soft while it heals. Before you start using makeup or any other products on your eyes, check the ingredients with your doctor to make sure that you won’t have any adverse reactions.
Getting Your Own Eyelift
If you are interested in getting an eyelift to improve your vision or give yourself a more youthful appearance around the eyes, contact our office to schedule a blepharoplasty consultation. Eyelifts are commonly performed alone, or with face lifts or neck lifts to rejuvenate the entire face and neck.
Our surgeon, Dr. Andrea Basile, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over twenty years of experience performing blepharoplasty surgery and many other types of cosmetic procedures. He has studied, practiced, and taught plastic surgery techniques through Georgetown University, Harvard University, and Boston University.
You can schedule your free initial consultation by calling our office in Naples, FL at (239) 514-8777 or by sending us an email through our Patient Contact Page @ www.BasilePlasticSurgery.com. Call or write. Our friendly and knowledgeable office staff members will gladly answer your initial questions and provide you with information on our consultation process.