Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)
Your eyes speak volumes about you, but are they saying what you want them to say? The natural process of aging can quickly change the delicate skin of your eyes, adding years to your look even if you still feel young, vibrant and energized. Gradually, some people will begin to lose some of the healthy fat around the eye that adds youthful volume; it can also start to shift, causing puffiness. Upper-eyelid skin can also droop and sag. Genetics, too, plays a factor. Some of us naturally have excess upper eyelid skin which can not only contribute to a sleepy or fatigued look but also interfere with our vision; frequently, this can be both a cosmetic and safety issue.
Blepharoplasty can eliminate these symptoms and transform your look, ensuring your eyes look their best, harmonize with your other features and allow you to present your best face to the world. Blepharoplasty is not a miracle treatment, but it can substantially improve the appearance of your eyes and provide long-lasting results in a short procedure with a relatively comfortable recovery. Plus, blepharoplasty combines extremely well with a variety of other treatments for the face, skin and body so every part of you can look as good as you feel. Is blepharoplasty right for you? Let’s find out now.
What issues can blepharoplasty treat?
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift or eyelid surgery, is a procedure performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the area around the eye. This can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The procedure can reverse or diminish the effects of the many common causes of aging around the eyes, including:
- Sun damage
- Hereditary factors
- Loss of skin elasticity
The results of these issues can be troublesome. As we age, the fat pockets around the eye can begin to bulge. At the same time, the upper eyelid skin can begin to hang down further and even obstruct vision in some instances. More often though, these natural changes simply lead to a “tired” appearance which is unwelcome. For women, makeup smudging can become an increasing and annoying issue. On the lower lids, the effect is bulges or bags as well as wrinkles. As we’ll see now, eyelid surgery can improve all of these concerns.
What will happen during my blepharoplasty procedure?
Blepharoplasty can respond to each of the causes that contribute to a tired eye appearance. For example, if you have drooping or sagging eyelids, your eyelids will be lifted through the excision of excess skin, and a small amount of fat can also be removed, if necessary. Upper-eyelid blepharoplasty is done through an incision made in the upper eyelid crease and can be performed with an incision just below the lower lash line also. On the other hand, if a weak or elongated levator muscle is responsible for the drooping eyelid, it, too, can be augmented to minimize the problem; the levator muscle lifts the upper eyelid. Another incision on the inside of the lower lid can be made for patients who have very little excess skin but who have bulges and dark circles appearing under the eyes. No skin will be removed in this variety of the procedure.
Blepharoplasty Before and After
All surgeries have risks, including blepharoplasty, but these risks are minimal when you have your procedure performed by a trained, well-qualified and experienced surgeon, like Dr. Orna Fisher. These possible risks include general ones, such as infection, bleeding and scarring, and procedure-specific risks, such as dry eyes, difficulty seeing or double vision. In the vast majority of cases, these risks are minimal, and the benefits of the procedure far outweigh any potential problems. If the risks of blepharoplasty concern you, Dr. Fisher will be happy to discuss them with you in-depth during your consultation to your complete satisfaction. Your knowledge of all aspects of the procedure and your confidence in your choice to have surgery are Dr. Fisher’s primary concerns. The surgeon also welcomes you to have a second opinion to confirm your choice of treatment.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery
Several side effects are common and completely normal after eyelid surgery; they typically include swelling and bruising in the surgical area, accompanied by mild to moderate pain, blurred vision and a sensitivity to light. Rest assured, these symptoms are temporary and will resolve in a few days — they are not a sign of problems with your surgery. Dr. Fisher will prescribe pain medications for you before your surgery and provide you with complete instructions to manage your recovery before your treatment as well.
You can ensure a safe and speedy recovery by following Dr. Fisher’s instruction closely, preparing your home in advance of your surgery and arranging for help immediately after your procedure, including a ride home. You can do many simple things to protect your surgical area and promote a healthy result. For example, avoid rubbing your eyes during recovery and use cold compresses to make yourself more comfortable and minimize swelling when necessary. Wearing sunglasses as you venture out can also help with light sensitivity as well as protect your healing incisions.
Most patients can return to work within a few days of treatment, although a full recovery can take longer, in some cases, up to three weeks. Plan to take a week off work after your surgery to be on the safe side. Also, plan to avoid strenuous activity or contact sports which can affect your results during this time. Don’t’ worry; you’ll be back to your usual routine, better than ever, before very long. Focusing on your recovery and allowing your body sufficient time to heal is the best way to promote the results of your surgery and return to your everyday schedule more quickly.
Blepharoplasty Offers Patients Significant and Long-lasting Results
Having a blepharoplasty will not necessarily take away the dark circles under your eyes or treat crow’s feet; however, the procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids and improve the overall appearance of your eyes. Other concerns with your eyes can be minimized and improved through separate treatments that can be performed alongside your eyelid surgery.
Botox and Dysport, for example, can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles around the eyes (wrinkles caused by muscle contractions) while HA fillers can improve static wrinkles, replacing lost volume, boosting collagen and elastin and improving skin tone in a single treatment. Alternative eye treatments may also provide better relief of your symptoms in some cases.
For example, while a blepharoplasty is the right procedure for some individuals, a brow lift may be more appropriate for others. Since drooping brows may be the cause of the unwanted symptoms, a brow lift procedure can provide patients with the rejuvenation they seek and a much better outcome. Dr. Fisher will recommend the best course of treatment based on an in-person exam during your consultation and give you the pros and cons of each available option.
An Eyelid Surgery With Dr. Orna Fisher Can Deliver Truly Outstanding Results
Double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Orna Fisher has helped countless individuals achieve a look which allows them to feel more confident in any situation and that truly reflects their self-image and spirit. Dr. Fisher strongly emphasizes a consultative approach that focuses on your needs and concerns, bringing to life your goals while preserving those features that are you.
Dr. Fisher also believes that a prospective patient who is well-educated about their options and the unique value of each procedure will make the best possible choice when selecting a course of treatment. To that end, the surgeon will give you ample and detailed information during your consultation and welcome all questions, so you feel completely confident about your selection of procedure. Schedule your blepharoplasty consultation today! Our eyes can express so much about us; that’s why when they don’t reflect our real personality and energy level it can cause us so much distress. However, most patients can find relief and a renewed sense of self with a blepharoplasty. The treatment’s benefits make it a very popular one, especially when performed by an exceptionally well-qualified surgeon like Dr. Orna Fisher.
All patients want a safe and successful surgery, and those outcomes depend largely on the quality of the surgeon they choose. A compassionate surgeon, like Dr. Fisher — who understands the latest surgical techniques, has been trained at the nation’s leading medical institutions and fully understands the impact the procedure will have on your look and life — is most likely to give you the high-quality results you seek.
Call the offices of Elite Transformations at (650) 600-7889 to schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Orna Fisher and begin transforming this vital facial feature today. We conveniently serve patients located in the San Francisco, San Jose and Palo Alto areas. Dr. Fisher can also guide you through a complete rejuvenation package that includes additional face and body procedures to provide you with the most comprehensive results. Whatever your needs, Dr. Fisher can help. We hope to see you soon!