Eye Lid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims at improving the appearance of the eyelids. The surgery can address aesthetic concerns such as excess skin and under-eye bags. By enhancing the contours of the eyelids, eye lid surgery can help individuals achieve a more youthful and refreshed look.
During blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Gonzalez may remove excess skin in some cases, and may also redistribute fat compartments and modify structures that lead to an aged appearance. The surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and the recovery period can vary from several days to some weeks depending on the individual.
While blepharoplasty surgery is generally safe, it is essential to choose a qualified surgeon in order to achieve a rejuvenated appearance while maintaining a natural look. We will review the benefits of eyelid surgery, what to expect during the procedure, as well as recovery and aftercare information. Understanding the process can help you make an informed decision about your surgery.
Eyelid surgery can enhance the appearance of your eyes and also give you an overall more refreshed look. One of the main advantages of this procedure is the ability to eliminate excess skin and redistribute fat tissues around the eyes, which can age our faces and make us appear fatigued.
Good candidates for blepharoplasty are typically those that are bothered by excess skin that folds over the upper eyelids or bags under the eyes. These typically arise due to aging and some individuals have predisposition for this that may show at a younger age. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, don’t smoke and are nicotine free, and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome.
During a consultation, Dr. Gonzalez will evaluate not only your eyelids and the appearance of your eyes, but also how these balance with the rest of your face.
Determining whether you are a good candidate is the first step during a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez, he will also learn about your goals and expectations. You will also learn about how the surgery is performed during this visit. During blepharoplasty surgery, incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids, to better conceal them.
Through these incisions, excess skin can be removed, and, if necessary, fat can be repositioned to improve contour. The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures. Recovery time varies for each patient, but most people can return to their normal activities within several days or weeks. Once healed, the results of eyelid surgery can be long-lasting, giving you a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
After undergoing eyelid surgery, it is important to take proper care of your eyes to ensure a successful healing process. To minimize swelling and bruising, apply cold compresses to your eyes for the first 48 hours. Avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting that may strain your eyes. It is crucial to keep your head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling. Be sure to use prescribed eye drops or ointments as instructed to care for not only your eyelids but also your eye as you are healing.
Avoid wearing contact lenses until Dr. Gonzalez advises to do so. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and avoid exposing them to harsh environmental factors, like windy conditions. By following these aftercare tips, you can improve your recovery and healing.
While eyelid surgery is generally safe, it is important to understand that there are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Common risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. In some cases, patients may experience dry eyes, temporary blurred vision, or difficulty closing their eyes completely.
It is also possible for asymmetry, overcorrection, or under-correction to occur. Rare but serious complications can include damage to the eye or surrounding structures, nerve or muscle damage, and excessive swelling or bruising. Adhering to the recommended instructions will help you have a more sound recovery and lead to better healing.
If you’re seeking a less invasive approach, there are treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox that can temporarily improve the appearance around the eyes. While they don’t provide the same lasting or transformative results as eyelid surgery, they can be an option for those not ready for a surgical commitment. Contact Dr. Gonzalez to discuss these options.