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What to Expect from Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery

By Stuart Baker on October 25, 2013

Champagne Upper and Lower Eyelid SurgeryResearch suggests that body language accounts for over half of the emotions and messages we convey, a large portion of which is conveyed through our eyes. When eyes look tired or worn out, they may not accurately reflect how a person feels. By reducing unwanted skin or “bags” around the eyes, an upper or lower eyelid surgery can help maintain a youthful persona.

For patients in and around the Champagne area, we offer the following information on our eyelid surgery procedures.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Solve?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is the process of removing excess tissue from below or above the eye. As a result, the skin appears smoother and tighter, thus reversing signs of fatigue or aging. This procedure is often an optimal treatment for patients looking to revitalize their appearance without the more invasive methods of a full facelift. The best candidates for upper or lower eyelid surgery are those hoping to correct any of the following cosmetic problems:

  • Bags under the eyes:Most people experience bags in their lower eyelids at some point, often from allergies, irritation, or diet. However, they can become permanent in time, especially as people grow older. A lower eyelid surgery can remove these bags, restoring a lively and healthy look to your eyes. This surgery also has the ability to remove nearby wrinkles for some patients.
  • Hooding above the eyes: Just as bags can form beneath your eyes, excess tissue can accumulate above them. This may make the upper eyelids appear puffy or, when the skin droops, form hooding that sags over the eye. This is one of the most common signs of aging around eyes, and can easily be countered with eyelid surgery.
  • Blocked vision: Sometimes, hooding above the eye can actually interfere with a patient’s vision by partially obscuring it. This also masks the upper eyelid crease, drastically changing the aesthetics of your natural features. 

Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery

Both upper and lower eyelid surgery target different areas; the deciding factor is merely where you wish to see cosmetic improvement. During recovery, scars from an upper eyelid surgery tend to be less visible due to the natural folds of your eyelids.

If you are considering plastic surgery on your lower and upper eyelids, your doctor may recommend completing both surgeries at once to avoid a second recovery. Double eyelid surgery can also be performed together to create a better-defined upper eyelid crease.

The Procedure

Prior to surgery, a local anesthetic will be administered to limit discomfort during the procedure. Over the next one to three hours, your eyelid(s) will be reshaped and its skin tightened.

  • An incision will be made along the crease of the upper eyelid, or along the lash line.
  • From this incision, the surgeon will remove excess bits of fat, skin, and muscle. Some fat may be redistributed to produce a smooth, natural surface for your eyelid.
  • The remaining skin will be tightened and the incision closed.

The results may be immediately noticeable for some patients, but temporary swelling and bruising around the incision should be expected for days or weeks. Once swelling subsides, you should notice the cosmetic benefits of your renewed look. 

Interested in a Consultation?

Eyelid surgery can have a profound impact on the rest of your countenance, allowing you to properly express your youth and energy. Patients seeking face lifts or additional surgical treatments are encouraged to consult Dr. Baker. To see how we can best meet your cosmetic needs, contact our office today.

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