Blepharoplasty for Beauty or Vision
Aging is natural and something that we all experience but sometimes the side effects of aging can negatively affect our day-to-day. One side effect to aging that you may experience is sagging near the eyes that can lead to fatty pockets appearing under the skin. Sagging skin and fatty pockets around the eyes can lead to vision impairment and leave people feeling less confident as their eyes are the focal point of the face, which is often why people decide to get eyelid surgery. Whether you choose to get blepharoplasty for beauty or vision, the decision rarely comes easy. Whichever your reason may be, it is important to know exactly what an eyelid procedure entails, recovery, and most importantly expectations for the surgery. Depending on your reason for eyelid surgery, you should also consider the right type of MD to perform the procedure. If you are considering eyelid surgery for vision impairment, having a consultation with your local ophthalmologist. If you are considering eyelid surgery as part of a youthful makeover, you should set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. Keep reading for more information on blepharoplasty for beauty or vision and tel decide which type of doctor is best fit for you, keep reading!
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is another name for an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery. This procedure is performed to help improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing baggy or droopy upper eyelid skin that often worsens as you age. You can also have this procedure done if you have excess skin on the upper or lower eyelid that interferes with your vision, especially your peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty can also be performed to remove or substantially diminish the look of “bags” under the eyes. This procedure is often times performed with other surgeries such as a brow lift or facelift as it can bring together the entire “makeover”.
Blepharoplasty for Beauty
If you are undergoing a facelift or browlift, you may also consider getting eyelid surgery to lift the eyes and bring a more youthful appearance overall. Eyelid surgery can also be performed as a standalone surgery for those who suffer from sagging, aging skin near the eyes. Fat pockets and drooping skin near the eyes can add years to someone’s overall complexion which is often why patients decide to undergo some type of eyelid surgery to help reverse the effects that aging can have on the body. Dr. Finkel specializes in facial cosmetic surgery which includes blepharoplasty. When you visit her office for a consultation, she will advise you on the best cosmetic surgery to achieve your end goal.
Dr. Finkel strives to help all of her patients regain their confidence through the procedures she performs. Getting cosmetic blepharoplasty can help patients feel youthful and beautiful again. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin so that the eyes look more awake, brighter, wrinkles become minimal, and the face looks younger altogether.
Blepharoplasty for Vision
For patients whose vision has been compromised due to drooping or aging skin, getting the blepharoplasty procedure done by an ophthalmologist may be the best option. Often times, older patients will visit their eye doctor for annual checkups as well as to discuss any concerns they may have about their vision as they age. Eye doctors will run multiple vision tests to decide the best course of action to take for patients who have sagging skin near the eyes that is affecting their peripheral vision. This procedure is simple and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid. While traditional blepharoplasty requires incisions, many doctors now perform the surgery with a laser which reduces the amount of blood that would typically occur with an incision. This ultimately helps the surgery go quicker and allows the doctor to ensure minimal bruising and swelling.
Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty
You are a good candidate for either cosmetic or functional blepharoplasty if you meet the following requirements:
- Have sagging or excessive skin around the eyes
- Must be in good health
- Have realistic expectations about the results
- Have impaired vision due to fat pockets, hooded eyelids, sagging or excess eyelid skin
What does Recovery for Blepharoplasty Look Like
Eyelift procedures require a topical antibiotic to be applied to the region in which skin was removed. Ice packs should also be applied to the eyes every hour for about 10 minutes on the first day of your recovery, while you are awake. This process will be repeated on the second day of your recovery but spread out between every few hours. On day 3 of your recovery, you will switch to warm compresses as they promote quicker healing.
The area around your eyes will be bruised and swollen while you recover and the whites of your eyes will often be red or bloodshot, so don’t be alarmed. Overall healing time could take 2-4 weeks in total. It is advised that no makeup should be worn during the recovery process as incisions or cuts from the laser can become infected.
Most procedures use sutures that dissolve on their own but if your surgeon used non-dissolving sutures, they must be removed by your doctor usually a week after the procedure.
Once you have healed from the blepharoplasty procedure, we know that you will feel a sense of satisfaction when you look in the mirror as your eyes look brighter, more open, and your appearance will look more youthful…and not to mention your peripheral eyesight will be in much better condition!
Blepharoplasty for Beauty or Vision
Whether you want eyelid surgery for beauty or vision, it is important to schedule a consultation with both your eye doctor and your cosmetic surgeon to discuss your end goals and any issues you may have with your eyes and the skin surrounding them. Your doctors will always advise you on the best procedure and how to prepare for it. For more questions about eyelid lifts, call the office of Dr. Finkel today and our team will be happy to assist you in any way!