Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures because it can dramatically transform and rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes in a short amount of time. The eyes are the first to show the visible effects of aging and sun damage. Dr. Rosen addresses puffiness, dark circles, and drooping eyelids with eyelid surgery to create a more youthful appearance.Schedule a Consultation
Achieved With Eyelid Surgery
Men and women who experience significant aging of the eyes often complain that they always appear tired, sad, or angry. Your eyes are responsible for expressing your emotions, whether it be excitement, happiness, or even stress. When the skin and muscles around the eye become lax, the ability to communicate these emotions is limited. With eyelid surgery, you can restore your eye’s ability to represent your emotions accurately.
The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin, and yet it receives more trauma and works harder than any other skin on the face. Blinking, squinting, and other facial movements all contribute to the premature aging and wrinkling of the eyes. Eyelid surgery not only removes excess skin and puffiness but also smoothes creases to leave you looking younger.
Increased Field of Vision
Many patients discover that as they age, their sagging upper eyelids interfere with their eyesight. Eyelid surgery removes excess, drooping skin on the eyelids to allow for a more open field of vision. Performance in activities such as driving, reading, and sports can be enhanced significantly with eyelid surgery.
Customizing Your Eyelid Surgery
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty addresses excess skin and drooping of the upper eyelids. Dr. Rosen makes an incision a quarter inch above the lash line in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. From here, fat pockets are removed or repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed away. The incisions are closed, and you’re on your way to a more open and rejuvenated appearance.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty addresses puffy bags and dark circles beneath the eyes. Dr. Rosen either makes an incision inside the lower eyelid (known as the “scarless” approach) or just under the lash line in a natural crease. Excess fat pockets are removed, skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are closed. Lower blepharoplasty can provide a more alert and refreshed appearance.
Combination Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can provide stunning results even when limiting the procedure to either the upper or lower eyelids. Many patients, however, benefit the most from combining upper and lower blepharoplasty. The ideal cosmetic results come from a balanced aesthetic, and sometimes this balance can only be achieved through a combination procedure. The appearance of your upper and lower eyelids should always be in harmony.
Eyelid surgery presents minimal discomfort and requires minimal downtime. Patients will experience bruising and swelling following the procedure. This bruising typically lasts between seven and 10 days, during which Dr. Rosen recommends you simply rest. Patients should not read, drive, watch television, or stare at a computer screen, as these activities can strain the eyes and slow the healing process. Cold compresses will help minimize the bruising and swelling. This procedure does not require compression garments or wraps. Sutures will be removed after four days.
Scarring may be present at the incision sites. Dr. Rosen performs eyelid surgery in the creases of the upper and lower eyelids to easily conceal any scarring. These scars are small and will fade over time to become barely visible.
The cost of your eyelid surgery will depend on the specific details of your procedure. Anesthesia costs, surgical fees, techniques used, and extent of correction needed all factor into the final cost. Dr. Rosen and his staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
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Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Patients bothered by the presence of sagging skin and puffiness around the eyes may be candidates for eyelid surgery. Candidates for blepharoplasty often complain about looking persistently tired, angry, or sad.
What kind of anesthesia will my eyelid surgery use?
Dr. Rosen performs eyelid surgery under twilight anesthesia.
How long is the procedure?
Eyelid surgery generally takes 90 minutes to perform. This timeframe may change slightly depending on the extent of the procedure.
Should my eyelid surgery be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with facelift surgery, a laser procedure, or a chemical peel, but is most often combined with brow lift surgery. A brow lift is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens excess skin on the forehead as well as sagging brows. It can often be difficult to separate the need for eyelid surgery and the need for a brow lift, and overcorrecting one without the other can lead to future aesthetic problems. Dr. Rosen will advise you on the correct procedure or combination of procedures during your consultation.
What are the risks associated with eyelid surgery?
One of the most significant benefits of eyelid surgery is its safety. Complications are very rare with this procedure. As always, risks are possible, including:
- Anesthesia risks
- Bruising and swelling
- Skin dryness
- Changes to skin sensation
- Sensitivity to bright light
How long will my results last?
Eyelid surgery provides long-lasting results. When paired with a healthy lifestyle and proper sun protection, results can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. This procedure will not stop the natural course of aging, and eventual, natural changes will occur.