The eyes are the focus of the face. Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is some of the first on the face to show the signs of aging. This is because the skin in this area is among the thinnest on the entire human body. This is why sun damage and environmental factors age the facial skin so much. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.
Eyelid surgery, clinically termed blepharoplasty can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.
Every year eyelid surgery is one of the world’s most popular cosmetic procedures because it delivers significant, yet subtle, changes. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Along with liposuction, eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your needs. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, we make a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. Next, the muscle tissue is tightened, fat is repositioned as much as possible, and excess skin is removed. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.
Eyelid surgery does not involve a difficult recovery period. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!
Eyelid surgery with the team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery is one of the most effective methods for truly turning back the clock on your facial aging. Call us at (480) 947-7700 to schedule a consultation today.