Do you struggle with drooping skin on your eyelids? Excess skin in this area can make your eyes appear smaller and your face appear older. Fortunately, we can resolve this cosmetic issue with a surgery called blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty procedures aim to reduce excess or hanging skin on the eyelids, making the eyes look larger and more youthful. Adoro Medical Spa provides blepharoplasty surgery for patients throughout Severna Park, MD, and surrounding cities like Annapolis and Pasadena. Learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery in the guide below.
What Is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Both men and women can develop loose, sagging skin around their eyes. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that tightens and removes this excess eyelid skin.
When sagging skin appears on the upper eyelid, it can make the eye appear much smaller and more aged. Sagging skin that develops on the lower eyelid can give the eyes a drooping, tired appearance.
For some people, this excess skin is present from childhood. However, it most often develops with age.
Reasons for Blepharoplasty
There are several reasons that patients seek cosmetic eyelid surgery. The following are some of the most common::
- Aged appearance
- Eyes that look too small
- Drooping eyelid skin that interferes with vision
- Tired appearance
Blepharoplasty surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure because it is relatively simple. When compared to other plastic surgical treatments, blepharoplasty involves a shorter recovery time, and patients are typically able to resume most of their normal activities within days of their procedure.
Common Questions About Blepharoplasty
If you are considering cosmetic eyelid surgery, knowing what you can expect beforehand is helpful. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and concerns that patients have during their blepharoplasty consultation.
How Do You Know If You Need Eyelid Surgery?
Do you have excess skin on your upper or lower eyelids? If so, you may be a candidate for blepharoplasty surgery. Patients who have drooping, sagging skin around their eyes can expect a significant improvement in this area after cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Excess skin that droops over the eyes can also impair vision. During blepharoplasty surgery, we can remove this skin to help these patients see more clearly.
The only way to know that blepharoplasty is the right option for you is by having a consultation with an aesthetic medicine provider. We will examine the skin on your eyelids to confirm that blepharoplasty can make a difference. We will also review any relevant medical history that could impact your ability to have this surgery.
What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used During Blepharoplasty?
We will administer sedation to provide optimal comfort, and a local anesthetic will be applied to the skin around your eyes. Some patients may need to be put under general anesthesia for their blepharoplasty. We will discuss which anesthesia method is best for you during your initial consultation.
Will Eyelid Surgery Affect Your Vision?
Blepharoplasty will not have a negative effect on your vision. For many patients, cosmetic eyelid surgery improves their vision. These patients typically struggle with excess skin that hangs into their line of vision and hinders their sight. Once this skin is removed or tightened, their line of sight is larger and clearer.
What Happens During a Blepharoplasty?
We use a CO2 laser during eyelid surgeries to remove and lift any excess skin surrounding the eyes. We can target the upper lid, lower lid, or both.
Our goal is to create tighter, smoother eyelids free of puffiness or sagging. The surgery involves small incisions around the eyelids. Once all of the appropriate alterations have been made, these incisions are closed using tiny sutures.
How Long Does a Blepharoplasty Take?
The exact duration of a blepharoplasty surgery can vary slightly from person to person. On average, cosmetic eyelid surgery takes about two hours to complete. Certain circumstances may cause your procedure to take slightly longer, but we will discuss them with you beforehand.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
The recovery process after blepharoplasty is simple for most patients. There may be tiny sutures where the skin was removed from around the eyes. These will be taken out about ten days after your procedure.
Many patients experience minor swelling in the days immediately following their surgery. This is normal and will subside as time goes on.
For the first two weeks after surgery, you should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Taking it easy will help your body recover more quickly.
It will take about six to eight weeks to see the final results of your blepharoplasty. This allows enough time for your skin to settle into its new placement and any swelling to dissipate.
Will Your Results Be Permanent?
Blepharoplasty will permanently remove excess skin and lift any sagging skin. These results will be long-lasting, but further age-related changes could cause the skin to sag again over time. Your individual results will depend on your age and the amount of skin removed during your procedure.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Today
If you have loose, sagging skin on your eyelids, you may be in need of blepharoplasty surgery. Blepharoplasty aims to remove and tighten any excess skin on your upper or lower eyelids. It can give your eyes a larger, more youthful appearance and remove sagging skin that blocks your vision.
Adoro Medical Spa in Severna Park, MD, offers cosmetic eyelid surgery for clients throughout the area. Our patients come to us from Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville, Arnold, and the Eastern Shore. Schedule a blepharoplasty consultation today to find out more.