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The eyes are one of the most inviting and memorable components of the face and, unfortunately, they are also one of the first parts of our face to show signs of aging. Excess skin, caused by a natural decrease in skin laxity, can cause a droopy upper eyelid or a wrinkled, “crepey” appearance to the lower eye area. Women experiencing this often say they have difficulties putting on mascara and other eye make-up.
Excess eyelid skin and bulging bags can be remedied through a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. Many patients who have this procedure say they are constantly told they look tired and feel that they look much older than they actually are. The goal of a blepharoplasty is to look rejuvenated and rested without anyone knowing what you had done.
Some people are born with heavy lids or get puffiness under their eyes much sooner than others their age. This is typically a genetic predisposition and can be helped through this commonly performed surgery. For many patients an eyelid surgery on its own can provide the rejuvenated appearance they are seeking.
There are some limitations to blepharoplasty: fine wrinkles around the eyes will not gain an appreciable benefit from blepharoplasty alone. However, laser resurfacing and Botox® injections are options that can reduce wrinkles in this area. Excess upper eyelid skin may be partially due to descended eyebrows, and if this is the case, an eyebrow lift can be performed to maximize your result.
The procedure is permanent and it is rare for someone to need a secondary blepharoplasty. Following the procedure you can expect to be asked “Have you been on vacation?” Or “You look so good! What have you been doing?”
• Bags under the eyes
• Drooping eyelids
• Excess skin around the eye
• Puffy eyelids
• Refreshed look
• Rested Appearance
An eyelid lift will give you a more youthful and rested appearance. It can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes. It will soften wrinkle lines, not remove or erase all of them. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Johnston will make an incision that traces the natural fold of the upper lid and extends a little beyond the outside corner. The sagging skin is separated from the fatty tissue and muscle underneath and removed. Excess fat from the lower eyelid can be removed through an incision made inside the lower lid and the lid will be tightened as necessary.
The procedure takes one to two hours. Following surgery, you may experience mild discomfort that is easily controlled with medication. Your sutures are usually removed within 3 to 10 days and eye make-up can be applied shortly after sutures are removed. You will be swollen and bruised for the first 5 to10 days following your surgery. You may return to work in 7 to 10 days depending on the extent of your swelling and vision changes. You can begin wearing contact lenses again within 2 to 3 weeks.
Call 407-333-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnston to find out if it is right for you.