The human eyes play a major role in human communication. It has been said that they are the windows to the soul. Healthy eyes give a person a certain amount of self-confidence, but some eye conditions may produce the opposite effect. Eyes do reflect the natural aging process and may detract from a person’s appearance. These individuals, both men and women, want to restore their youthful image. Fortunately, there are medical procedures that can help reverse the damage that time has inflicted. The primary reason some individuals choose to undergo plastic surgery on their eyelids is for cosmetic reasons, but certain medical issues with the eyelids may require surgical repairs. Droopiness of excess skin in the upper eyelids can be serious if it causes vision problems.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Men and women choose this procedure to help rejuvenate the appearance of their eyes. Both upper and lower eyelids may experience the adverse effects of aging and require surgery to help correct this condition. Not only does the surgery radically improve the appearance of the eyes themselves, but it also improves the areas around the eyes. Eyelid surgery helps individuals look naturally refreshed and rested. Individuals who make good candidates for upper or lower eyelid surgery are usually over 35 years of age and meet certain criteria.
- They cannot have any serious eye conditions such as glaucoma.
- A candidate must be healthy.
- A candidate must be a non-smoker.
- A person must have drooping and sagging skin around the eyes.
- A candidate must demonstrate realistic expectations of a surgical outcome.
Upper Eyelid Surgical Procedure
Eyelid surgeries are usually simple procedures that do not require a lot of time to complete, but they do address different issues. Surgery may be indicated for the upper eyelid when the lids have become sagging enough to interfere with normal vision. Upper eyelid lift surgery removes excess skin and fatty tissue that causes the eyes to have a droopy appearance. The aging process is the culprit that contributes to the loose skin and fatty tissues in the eyelids. Abnormal puffiness is not always found in older people, but can appear in some individuals as young as the early 20’s or 30’s. This short procedure can usually be completed within forty minutes to one hour. This type of eyelid surgery will usually last anywhere from five years up to a lifetime. It all depends on the individual patient.
What to Expect During Upper Eyelid Surgery
General anesthesia is usually preferred for procedures that may be complex and require more than an hour to complete. It puts the whole body to sleep and eliminates movements that could be detrimental. The anesthesia is administered by intravenous methods. If light sedation is needed, an oral medicine may be used. Most eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that allows a patient to go home after the anesthesia wears off. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends it to the outside corner of the eye. This is required to remove the fatty tissue and excess skin. Sutures are made in the natural fold of the eyelid and must remain in place for several days. Sometimes ointments are prescribed to help keep the incision lubricated. Gauze coverings must be worn for a few days following surgery. If dissolvable sutures are used, they do not have to be removed. This depends on the individual and the extent of the repair. Following post-surgery recommendations is important for a successful recovery.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Surgeons address the issue of eye puffiness and bags under the eyes during lower eyelid surgery. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery remove excess fat and tissue. Lower eyelid surgery goes a step beyond by removing fat deposits that are responsible for possible under eye bulging and a tired look. The results of lower eyelid surgery can last from many years to a lifetime.
What to Expect During Lower Eyelid Surgery
This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and requires approximately one to two hours to complete. General anesthesia is administered through an IV to help eliminate pain. Sometimes surgeons opt for a local or topical anesthesia depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision just below the lower lashes. It is placed either behind the eyelid or in the eye’s natural folds. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are then removed. If the incision is closed with permanent sutures, they will need to be removed within three to five days.
What to Expect Post-surgery Following Lower Eyelid Surgery
In order to prevent or reduce dryness in the surgical area, the surgeon will apply a lubricant in ointment form. It is best to rest for a couple of days following the surgery. Some surgeons recommend limiting all activities and resting the eyes as much as possible for at least 24 hours. Typically, the surgeon will use dissolvable sutures that do not have to be removed like permanent ones. It is important to follow the surgeon’s directions to achieve a faster recovery. Lower eyelid surgery restores self-confidence as it makes a big difference in the appearance of the face. This long lasting procedure gives an individual a much more rested and alert look.
Choose PSI Miami for Your Eyelid Lift Surgery
Interested in rejuvenating the appearance of your eyes to look younger and more refreshed? Choose the surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami who are all board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have performed hundreds of blepharoplasty procedures in Miami. All three talented plastic surgeons: Dr. Jason Altman, MD, Dr. Marcelo Ghersi, MD, and Dr. John C. Oeltjen, MD are dedicated to providing each individual with a look that matches their unique personality and appearance. Learn more about them at https://www.psimiami.com.