They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but while being an “old soul” is often a compliment, it’s not the message you want your eyes to get across. If you’re experiencing extremely hooded eyes that sometimes even affect your vision, puffiness, bags, or droopiness that won’t go away no matter how much sleep you get, or more lines than an excel spreadsheet under your eyes, eyelid surgery might be the right choice.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates and improves the look of the eyelids. Performed under general anesthesia, Blepharoplasty typically takes around 3-4 hours, and can be performed on both the upper and lower lids.
When performing upper eyelid surgery, your doctor will make an incision on your natural creases, so scarring from an upper blepharoplasty is usually very faint. If your concern is bags under the eye, a lower eyelid surgery is performed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid, whereas excess skin under the eye or droopy eyelid surgery is performed via an incision just under the eyelashes.
What is recovery like for eyelid surgery?
Like with any other surgery, there is a recovery period. You should expect swelling and some pain in the first few days after your blepharoplasty, which should subside within a week. In fact, most people return to work a week post-procedure, though any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks.
As you heal, you’ll start to see yourself as your younger and more refreshed-looking you, with your results lasting for years to come. There are some things you can do to ensure your results last as long as possible. Most notably, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. You should be applying broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 or higher every single day (bonus: this will also ensure the rest of your face is protected from the sun’s photo-aging effects!)
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.
Dr. Barrett has gathered an assortment of eyelid surgery before and after images you may want to browse to get a fuller scope of not only the type of outcome you can expect, but also his facial surgery expertise.
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