Many people of all ages complain of heavy or tired appearing eyes. This can be hereditary or a normal part of facial aging. Most often, there is nothing functionally wrong with the eye or the surrounding eyelid muscles. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can cosmetically treat the upper lids, lower lids, or both.
Sagging of the upper eyelids can be corrected, and/or under-eye puffiness can be removed*. After surgery, you will look younger, refreshed, more awake, and less tired.
For those with a single lid appearance, which is common among Asians, we can create a double upper eyelid using special eyelid surgery techniques to form a new crease.
We have performed numerous successful eyelid surgeries for our patients – each one unique and tailored to their specific needs.
Are you a candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you have puffiness under the eyes or sagging skin on the upper eyelids that makes you look tired, you might be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. If you are Asian and unhappy with a single lid appearance, you might also be a good candidate for double eyelid surgery.
Only a consultation and examination in our office can determine if upper and/or lower blepharoplasty are recommended for you. In your consultation, we will perform a thorough examination and determine how to best treat your individual areas of concern. We will also need to know if you have any history of eye trouble or need for specialized medications or procedures for your eyes.
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What happens during Blepharoplasty?
In upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made in the creases of the eyelids where the scars will remain hidden. Excess skin and fat are removed, as needed, to reduce heaviness, define the upper eyelid, and create the younger contour you want.
In lower blepharoplasty, the incision is made either directly under the lower eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid in a transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique. In either case, the scar will not be visible. The fat within under-eye bags is removed or repositioned, and any excess skin is also removed to tighten the area, as needed. Often, the lower eyelid itself is tightened to improve the position of the eyelid on your eye.
When it comes to deciding what is right for you, it really depends on the areas of concern. Some patients choose only upper eyelid or lower eyelid surgery. Some patients choose to have upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time.
What is involved in Eyelid Surgery recovery?
Most patients are surprised that recovery from eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Sutures are removed in less than a week, and most patients return to work in 2-4 weeks depending upon the extent of the surgery.
Some swelling, bruising, and pain can be expected, and this can last for a week or two. Shortly after surgery, bruising can be covered with makeup, and ice packs can be used to reduce swelling. A pair of sunglasses also easily disguises the post-op blepharoplasty patient. Sleeping with your head elevated will also help to prevent further swelling. Pain can be managed with medication that we can provide.
After you have healed, the result is younger looking eyes that will make a significant difference in your overall appearance. In the mirror, you will see a refreshed and rejuvenated pair of eyes looking back at you.
Contact us today for an Eyelid Surgery consultation in Bellevue, Washington.
*Individual results and patient experience may vary.