Cosmetic eye surgery enhances the appearance of the upper eyelids and lower eyelids. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and woman choose to have cosmetic surgery performed to reduce signs of aging around the eyes.
Since the eyes communicate a lot about a person and are one of the first features people notice when meeting someone, droopy or swollen eyes indicate that you are not reflecting your vivacious inner self.
Droopy eyelids impair your vision and cause you to look sleepy, and puffy bags under your eyes make you look worn and tired. Both make you look older than how you really want to look. While this surgery cannot erase the aging process around the eyes, blepharoplasty will restore and energetic look to your eyes.
While special creams and serums help reduce the look of puffy, tired eyes, a lower eyelid procedure is the best remedy to alleviate persistent under-eye bags. By making a small incision below the lower lashes or inside the lower eyelid, the excess fat, skin , and water that have accumulated under the eyes through the years is removed , and the skin is tightened. The goal of lower blepharoplasty is to restore the smoothness, tone, and tautness of your eyes, giving them a youthful, healthy appearance.
Upper eyelid surgery is commonly referred to as an "eye lift." This surgery is performed to remove the extra skin, fat, and lose muscle that weighs down the upper eyelids, causing them to droop. While some of the fat will be redistribute to allow the eyelids to retain their natural look, the majority of the excess fat and skin is removed. The remaining skin is then tightened to give the eyes a more alert appearance. Very fine sutures are used to eliminate the visibility of scarring.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is complete within seven to ten days. A small amount of lumpiness is usual at the corners of the eyes. Minimal blurry vision rapidly resolves. Sunglasses allow you to go out in public immediately after surgery, and make-up can be worn within five days. Normal activity and exercise can resume three weeks after surgery.
Complications are rare and generally minimal. As with any type of surgery, there is a small risk of infection and minor post-surgery bleeding. Some patients have reported that after surgery, vision is temporarily blurred o double-vision arises, but these issues disappear after a few days. Also minor swelling around the corners of the eyelids is temporary and typical of the healing process.
As we age, everything begins to sag. The eyes are particularly vulnerable to signs of aging because they develop extra skin and fat. Trimming this "extra" skin from your upper and lower eyelids not only restores your eyes' youthful contour, but also keeps your vision from being obstructed. How we look is diectly linked to our self-esteem, and in many cases we limit our potential because we are insecure about how we look. If you are self-conscious about your eyes because of any of the following conditions, you are an excellent candidate for cosmetic surgery:
Most health insurance plans do not cover the cost of this type of cosmetic surgery or any complications arising from the surgery. However, some health insurance policies cover ptosis surgery (drooping of the upper or lower eyelid) because your eyelids are obstructing your vision, which is a serious medical condition. Also, carefully review your policy to determine if it covers surgery to remove excess skin hanging over the eyelashes. this is another medical condition that obstructs a person's vision.
Surgery can be done separately on either the upper or lower eyelids, at the same time on both the upper and lower eyelids, or with a face, neck, eyebrow, or forehead lift. If both the upper and lower lids are being done, the surgery can take up to three hours.
During the lower eyelid procedure, an incision is made on the inside of the eyelid beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid. The lower eyelid fat is then removed through the incision. The incisions are unnoticeable after they have healed because fine sutures are used o stitch the skin and are removed four days later. Scarring is not visible because of where the incisions are made.
Total recovery normally takes between seven to ten days; however, in that people heal at different rates, allow two weeks for all bruising and swelling to go away. Additionally, avoid activities that require too much physical exertion for at least one week after surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Rosenberger, we will discuss with you some other options that will enhance your eyes such as an endoscopic eyebrow lift procedure or a forehead lift. Both procedures improve the height and maintain the contour of the upper eyebrow, giving your face a more youthful appearance.
A cosmetic eyelid procedure is performed similarly to dental surgery in that you will be injected with an anesthetic or given an oral or intravenous sedative to numb the surgical area. The anesthetic or sedative will not put you to sleep, but it will help you relax and eliminate any feeling of pain. Since you are not unconscious, you may feel some pressure sensation.
Activities such as reading, watching television, and working on the computer are acceptable after a day or two. However, if you wear contact lenses, avoid wearing them for at least two weeks. If you exercise, wait at least two to three weeks before resuming your workout regimen.