The eyes are the most expressive part of the face. They are one of the first parts of us that people see, and unfortunately they are usually where the earliest signs of aging often appear. Because the skin and tiny muscles around the eyes see so much day-to-day use over the years, they are frequently prone to wrinkles and sagging earlier than any other part of the face. Fortunately eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can help alleviate some of the symptoms of aging in this area, giving you a fresher, younger appearance.
Blepharoplasty is one of the many facial cosmetic procedures that I perform to help my patients achieve their aesthetic goals. It can be done on the upper and lower eyelids, either separately or together. An upper blepharoplasty can help minimize the appearance of bagginess and puffiness in the upper eyebrow region, but can also remove the loose and sagging skin that creates folds and “hooding” around the eyes. Additionally, eyelid surgery removes excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness, improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the upper eyelids, and even improves your vision by removing sagging skin that may be obstructing it. Lower eyelid surgery can drastically minimize the appearance of under-eye bags and puffiness under the eyes, while improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the lower eyelids and removing and reshaping fat deposits to restore the eyes to a more youthful appearance.
Both upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures require care and precision to ensure that the final result is natural and subtle. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid, just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid in order to minimize the appearance of scars. Once complete, the eyelid incisions are typically closed with either removable or absorbable sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. Additionally dark discoloration of the lower eyelids can be erased with a chemical peel or Sciton® laser skin resurfacing.
While recovery time varies from person to person, most of my patients require rest for the first few days as swelling or bruising generally subsides within the first few days. It is important to follow my post-surgical recovery requirements and wear all post-surgical garments or gauze. Eyelid surgery patients should be able to return to work within a week or two.
If you are interested in a procedure I perform, please contact my office to schedule your appointment today. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. Allyson Maske, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.