Blepharoplasty improves the look of the eye area by lifting droopy eyelids, and removing excess skin and fat deposits to minimize puffiness and under eye bags. Dr. Andrew Campbell can perform eyelid surgery at Quintessa on both the upper and lower eyelids.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
There is no correct age for eyelid surgery. Those who notice signs of aging in the eye area often seek eyelid surgery as a way to brighten their appearance. Some patients have eyelid surgery at Quintessa as early as their 20s or 30s to reduce the look of inherited traits such as under eye bags and droopy eyelids. When droopy eyelids cause severe sight impairment, the surgery can help improve sight and may even be covered by medical insurance.
During your eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Campbell will examine your eyes and lids, looking for signs of excess laxity or inflammation. It is important for him to know if you have a history of autoimmune or thyroid disorders, dry eye, or previous eye surgeries.
Eyelid surgery for the upper eyelids involves making incisions where the skin crease forms, minimizing the appearance of the resulting scar. Excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed, creating a more vibrant, youthful look. Many times the upper eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in the office setting. For the lower eyelids, incisions are commonly made on the inside of the lower lid, thus eliminating a scar on the skin. Excess fat is then removed to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. In certain patients, the fat is repositioned instead of being removed to avoid a “hollow” appearance that frequently occurs from overaggressive treatment of the eyelids. This is very important in select patients so that an operated look can be avoided, and they can achieve a rejuvenated, natural appearance.
Recovery time is short with eyelid surgery at Quintessa and patients are able to go home the same day. Eyes may be temporarily more sensitive to light, and medication and eye drops may be provided to ensure a comfortable recovery.
Sutures are removed three to four days following eyelid surgery. A small amount of bruising may appear around the eyes, which usually disappears within 7 days along with most of the swelling that is experienced. A small amount of remaining swelling may take several months to fully subside.
EYELID SURGERY RESULTS
The results of eyelid surgery appear virtually immediately and can last a lifetime. However, the eyes can sag again, but not to the extent that they would have if eye surgery had not been performed. Overall, you will see a refined look with a younger, firmer-looking eye area that radiates to the rest of your face.