The eyes are an expressive part of the face and give a powerful first impression. But if age has caused your eyelids to droop, you may look persistently tired and sleepy.
Eyelid surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure at my Latham, NY, practice for treating these common signs of aging around the eyes. In this blog post, I will explain the basics of the surgery and its rejuvenating results.
What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
Blepharoplasty is a surgery which treats tired, sagging eyelids to create a youthful, alert look. This is done by removing skin and fat deposits that cause the area around your eyes to sag. There are 2 main categories for this procedure:
- Upper eyelid surgery: removes loose, hanging skin that creates a “hood” over the eye. It can also involve a brow lift.
- Lower eyelid surgery: removes the fat that contributes to chronic under-eye bags. It can also include skin resurfacing to tighten skin and reduce fine lines.
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be combined if desired. If you’re considering blepharoplasty, discuss your goals and ideal results with your doctor so the procedure can be tailored to best suit your needs.
Who is a good candidate?
Eyes are one of the most prominent features on the face. Treating signs of aging in this area can create a noticeably more youthful look. If you feel like the appearance of your eyes doesn’t match your inner vitality, eyelid surgery may be a good option for you.
A few common issues eyelid surgery can treat are:
- Wrinkles around the eyelids
- Hooding of the upper eyelid
- Fat pockets beneath the lower eyelids
- Dark under-eye circles
If you are in good overall health, you don’t smoke, and you don’t have a chronic illness that can affect recovery, you may be an excellent candidate for the procedure.
What is recovery like?
Eyelid surgery has a comparatively shorter recovery time than many other procedures. Ice will be applied to your eyelids to minimize swelling and bruising, and you can go home the same day as your surgery. Once at home, you should sleep with your head elevated and avoid bending over or engaging in strenuous activity.
Swelling and bruising usually resolve after 10 to 14 days. After a few weeks, your eyelids will be fully healed, and you can enjoy the results of your surgery.
I have performed hundreds of eyelid and facial rejuvenation procedures over the years. You can trust my experienced team to treat your eyelids delicately and restore your natural, refreshed appearance. View our before-and-after gallery to see real results from blepharoplasty and browlift patients. To learn more about your own eye rejuvenation options, contact the practice online or call (518) 328-3330.