Eye Lid Surgery
The Benefits Of Eye Lid Surgery
We have all heard the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This is probably the main impetus for any of us to want cosmetic surgery to either correct what nature gave us or to turn back time and erase the signs of aging from our faces. When it comes to our eyes, one way to improve your outlook is through eye lid surgery.
Are your lids getting thicker or beginning to sag? Call Dr Carter today for an expert consultation on the benefits of eye lid surgery.
Why the Eyes?
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, the two main compounds that provide the fullness and elasticity to our skin. When that production slows down, our skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. One of the first areas that this will show more noticeably than others is around our eyes. We get crows feet, fine lines and creases, and our eye lids begin to droop.
The overall effect of sagging eye lids, drooping brow lines and the thinning of the skin around the eyes is one of extreme aging, no matter what our true age is. This condition will usually begin at any time between our twenties and thirties and easily confuse the people we meet as to our emotional state. With all the creases and wrinkles, onlookers are hard pressed to determine whether we are tired, sad or angry.
What can I Expect During the Procedure?
Eye lid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures done every day. It is generally done in conjunction with other procedures including a face lift or rhinoplasty and involves contouring the upper and lower eye lids. The cosmetic surgeon will rejuvenate your eyelid by removing or by repositioning excess fat and tissue around the eyes. In addition to cosmetic reasons, this surgery has even been done to improve the vision of the patient by removing and reshaping an obstructive eyelid.
During the operation, the plastic surgeon will make an external incision on the upper lids, as well as below the lashes on the lower lids, aligned with the natural creases of the skin, making scarring as minimal as possible. The operation can be done in less than three hours under local anesthesia or total sedation, whichever you prefer. Excess skin is either removed or reshaped, with an end result of firmer and less puffy eye lids.
Most patients recovering from eye lid surgery report mild swelling or bruising around the eyes for up to three days after the procedure. All of it will fade over time, and will gradually disappear completely after one to two weeks after the surgery was completed. There may be residual swelling in the tissues surrounding the eye area, appearing almost like bruising around the face, but this does not happen in all patients.