If your friends are constantly telling you that you look tired, sad, or upset, you might be a good candidate for a blepharoplasty. This sophisticated cosmetic procedure can make you look happy and alert by changing the appearance of your eyelids. At The Plastic Surgery Center in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, we can use this technique to improve your upper and lower eyelids.
Blepharoplasty Basics: Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you’ve never liked the appearance of your eyelids or are frustrated by how your eyelids have changed over time, you might be a good candidate for a blepharoplasty. This aesthetic procedure can be an ideal way to remove puffiness from under your eyes. We can also use this technique to fix droopy, sagging skin on your upper eyelids.
To be eligible for this cosmetic procedure, you should be an adult who is in relatively good health. Since bleeding disorders and other health problems can affect your ability to get this procedure, we will need to go over your medical history before we begin the process of improving your eyelids. In addition, we will need to carefully examine the skin in and around your eyes.
Why Have My Eyelids Changed Over Time?
Exposure to the sun, your genes, and other factors will cause the appearance of your eyelids to change as you get older.
Changes in Your Skin
The skin on your eyelids is very thin and delicate. In fact, the skin on your upper eyelids is one of the thinnest, most fragile areas of your body.
As you get older, the elastin and collagen in your skin will become weaker. In addition, exposure to the ultra-violet rays emitted by the sun will cause these structural proteins to degrade. As these proteins lose strength, the delicate skin on your eyelids will become loose and inelastic. These changes may cause your eyelids to droop and sag.
Changes in Your Muscles and Tissues
As you age, the muscles and tissues in this area of your body will also begin to change. There are layers of muscle and fat underneath the skin in your eyelids. These layers are separated by a thin membrane that is known as the orbital septum. Your orbital septum and muscles will become weaker as you get older.
When your muscles and orbital septum lose strength, the fat under your eyes will move into new positions. These changes may cause you to develop bags under your eyes. In addition, your upper eyelids may become loose and puffy.
What Will My Initial Consultation Be Like?
During your initial consultation, we will carefully assess the condition of your eyelids. We will also review your medical background and talk about the puffiness, sagging, and other issues that are bothering you. After we have discussed your aesthetic goals, we can tell you whether we can improve these problems by enhancing your upper eyelids, your lower eyelids, or both.
To help us give your eyelids a youthful, attractive look, you should consider bringing in photographs of you that were taken 10 to 15 years ago. These old photographs can help us determine how the appearance of your eyes has changed over time.
How Should I Prepare for My Eyelid Procedure?
We will probably tell you not to take blood-thinning medications like aspirin for a few days before your eyelid procedure. These medications can alter the behavior of your blood and make it more difficult for you to recover from this procedure.
In addition, you might have to stop eating or drinking during a specific time on the day before your appointment. Since our instructions will be tailored to fit your unique needs, we will provide you with more information when you schedule your blepharoplasty.
What Techniques Can Be Used to Improve My Upper Eyelids?
This procedure can be used to minimize sagging and puffy skin on your upper eyelids. We may begin your procedure by making temporary marks in the skin in your target area. These marks will direct us as we make a tiny incision into the fold on each of your upper eyelids.
We will use these incisions to remove excess skin from your eyelids. We can also remove or reposition some of the fat that is located under your eyelids. Removing this fat will reduce puffiness in this location. We will finish your procedure by using sutures to close your incisions. We may also apply an ointment and bandages to your eyelids.
What Techniques Can Be Used to Improve My Lower Eyelids?
A lower eyelid procedure is designed to minimize bags and puffiness underneath your eyes. We can accomplish this goal by performing an inside or outside lower eyelid procedure.
Inside Lower Eyelid Procedure
If you have excess fat but no unnecessary skin around your lower eyelids, we will probably recommend that you receive this type of procedure. We may put protective plastic shields into your eyes at the beginning of your procedure. Next, we will carefully hold out each of your lower eyelids.
Once your eyelids are in position, we will make a small incision into the membrane that is located on the inside of your lower eyelids. This membrane is known as the conjunctiva. This incision will allow us to remove fat deposits that are located under your eyelids.
Outside Lower Eyelid Procedure
If you have excessive amounts of skin on your lower eyelids, we will probably advise you to receive an outside blepharoplasty. During this type of procedure, we may begin the process of improving your eyelids by putting protective plastic devices into your eyes. Next, we may make temporary markings on your lower eyelids. These markings will guide us as we make incisions into your skin.
We will make a small incision into the skin on the outside of each of your lower eyelids. Next, we will make a small incision into the muscle under each of your lower eyelids. We will use these incisions to eliminate your excess fat and remove unnecessary skin from this area of your body. Removing your excess fat and skin will make your eyes look less puffy and tired.
What Type of Anesthesia Will I Receive During My Procedure?
The type of anesthesia that you need will depend on the methods that we are using to improve your eyelids, whether you are improving your upper or lower eyelids, and other factors. Under many circumstances, we can use local anesthesia during your procedure. This type of anesthesia will numb the skin and tissues around your eyelids.
If you are making more extensive improvements to your eyelids, you might need to receive general anesthesia. If you use this type of anesthesia, you will be unconscious throughout your procedure.
How Long Will My Eyelids Take to Recover?
It’s important to spend some time at home resting while your eyelids are recovering from this procedure. Although your body’s healing process will be unique, it’s normal to spend about one to two weeks recovering from your eyelid procedure. During this time, we may instruct you to take medications that will help you remain comfortable. We may also ask you to apply cold compresses to your treatment area.
You will also need to visit our office so that we can analyze your eyelids’ response to your procedure. We may remove your sutures during your follow-up visit. In addition to visiting our office, you should not participate in strenuous physical activities for the next three weeks.
When Will I See Positive Changes in My Eyelids?
You will not see the final results of your eyelid procedure right away. Instead, you’ll need to be patient while your eyelids recover from your procedure. Fortunately, the healing process is usually relatively short, and you should notice improvements in your eyelids within about two weeks. You will probably see the full effects of your eyelid procedure within six months.
Will the Changes in My Eyelids Last for a Long Time?
This eyelid procedure will create lasting improvements in the skin and other tissues on and around your eyelids. In fact, if you take good care of your skin, your eyelids are likely to look alert, fresh, and youthful for many years.
However, you will need to have realistic expectations about the long-term effects of your eyelid procedure. Although this procedure is very effective, it will not stop your eyelids from continuing to change as you age.
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of My Eyelid Procedure?
Under many circumstances, this procedure is designed to improve your appearance by making your eyelids look more youthful and alert. If you are receiving this procedure in order to achieve this aesthetic goal, your health insurance is unlikely to cover your costs. That said, some eyelid procedures are designed to improve your vision. If your eyelid procedure is medically necessary, your insurance is likely to pay for your costs.
Can I Improve Other Features During My Eyelid Procedure?
Combining a blepharoplasty with other cosmetic procedures can be a good way to fix sagging or loose skin on other areas of your face. For example, it’s common to receive a brow lift in connection with your eyelid procedure.
A brow lift is designed to address sagging on the upper portion of your face. Your forehead will develop wrinkles and your eyebrows will move into a lower position on your face as you get older. As your skin wrinkles and your eyebrows sag, you may begin to look tired or upset. During a brow lift, we will fix this issue by making small incisions in or around your hairline. These incisions will allow us to improve the appearance of this portion of your face.
Will This Procedure Remove the Wrinkles at the Corners of My Eyes?
It’s normal to have lines and wrinkles around the corners of your eyes. These wrinkles, which are commonly known as crow’s feet, are caused by squinting, smiling, and other facial expressions that cause the skin in this area to crease and fold.
This procedure is not designed to remove your crow’s feet. If this issue bothers you, you should consider using Botox to diminish these wrinkles. Botox is an injectable product that will temporarily minimize your crow’s feet. Administering this injectable is a very quick process, and your crow’s feet are likely to be reduced for at least three months.
Improve Your Eyelids
Fixing your saggy upper eyelids will make you look rested, youthful, and alert. In addition, we can use special techniques to remove the bags and excess skin on your lower eyelids. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of using a blepharoplasty to enhance your upper or lower eyelids, you should contact us at The Plastic Surgery Center in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida to set up an initial meeting.