As we get older, the natural ageing process can significantly affect the delicate skin and muscles around the eyes. Asethetic eyelid surgery is a remarkable way to restore a fresh, more youthful appearance to the upper face. Dr. Barrett will take great care to achieve a less tired look without changing the natural expression or shape of your eyes and face.
Dr. Barrett regularly performs blepharoplasty to correct one or more of the following conditions:
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our on-site surgical center and takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Each patient’s unique condition will determine whether both the upper and lower lids need improvement.
Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?
Both Men and Women with complaints of a wrinkled upper eyelid skin and/or bags and circles under the eyes are ideal candidates. Sometimes they also have loose or darkened skin in the troubled areas. Most women become candidates for eyelid surgery in their early forties and men about ten years later. All of these issues can usually be effectively addressed by surgery. Also, the ideal candidate must be free of any serious eye condition and a non-smoker.
Do I need both my upper and lower eyelids done?
It depends on the individual. Older patients usually exhibit ageing changing on both the upper and lower eyelids warranting a combined procedure. Early candidates for upper eyelid surgery frequently do not need their lower eyelids done at the same time. Young individuals without upper eyelid aging changes that have hereditary lower eyelid bags and circles will benefit from lower eyelid surgery alone.
Where are the incisions used in eyelid surgery?
Upper eyelid incisions are made within the natural eyelid crease . Scars are typically very subtle after healing is complete. For a lower eyelid surgery that just involves fat bag treatment, an incision at the site is not necessary. The fat is accessed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid. If there is loose lower eyelid skin then an incision just under the eye lashes is used to tighten it. This incision also heals extremely well and is eventually difficult to detect.
Swelling and pain associated with the procedure will diminish over the next few days after surgery. Most patients return to work about a week after surgery, however strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks post- surgery.
The final look of your refreshed, younger looking face will gradually become more evident over time, however the overall effects of the surgery are expected to last for years. In order to maintain long-term results proper precautions are recommended such as protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Dr. Barrett will be sure to go over all the necessary precautions with you in order to ensure optimal, long-lasting results.