Every year, one hundred thousand men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags under the eyes that make you look worn and tired. This procedure can not alter dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor can it change sagging eyebrows, but it can be combined with other procedures such as browlift, facelift, or skin resurfacing to achieve the these results.
As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from both upper and lower lids. The results can be a refreshed appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area.
After a mutual decision is made by both you and Dr. Ferguson, the technique indicated for your individual surgery will be discussed. The risks and costs inherent in the procedure will be outlined.
In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Ferguson first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
In lower eyelid surgery, eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed. Wrinkles are improved by application of a concurrent peel or with laser treatment.
Immediately after the surgery has been completed, ointment may be applied to any skin incisions. This is not done for transconjunctival blepharoplasty unless a concurrent peel has been performed. You will be given a prescripition or sample of this ointment. Over-the-counter moisturizer drops are highly recommended. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. Pain is usually minimal, but all patients are given pain medicine, and, when indicated, medicated drops.
For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will need to clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). The redness and bruising resolves fairly quickly. We can assist with camouflage after the stitches are removed three to five days after surgery. Sunglasses cover things perfectly. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Your only limitations are contact sports and contact lenses.
Special consideration must be made with the oriental eyelid due to anatomic variations. Dr. Ferguson is well experienced with preserving ethnicity, Westernizing, or reversing previous eyelid surgery.
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*Results may vary by individual.