There are many things we can do to delay the signs of aging around our eyes. Medical-grade skincare, BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal filler injections and non-invasive treatments such as Thermage® and Fraxel® offer effective results for addressing wrinkles and lax skin around the eyes. While these treatments are fantastic solutions for treating the initial and moderate stages of aging, there does come a point when the results offered by these advanced procedures cannot replace surgery. This is especially true in the case of drooping eyelids or ptosis, which can be a predisposed genetic trait or arise due to the aging process.
When is surgery the next step?
The first step when considering surgery is to book a consultation with a facial cosmetic surgeon. A surgeon who specializes in complex facial surgery can give you a professional assessment and determine if surgery such as a blepharoplasty is the most suitable treatment option for you.
What to expect from a blepharoplasty procedure.
An upper blepharoplasty may be in order when the eyelids become heavy and begin to droop over the eyes – oftentimes causing concerns with vision. A lower blepharoplasty can also address pockets of fat under the eyes that distend the skin and make the eyes appear swollen or puffy. Both surgeries involve the repositioning and/or removal of excess skin and adipose tissue as well as the reinforcement of the muscle and tendon tissues.
Your surgeon should explain everything you need to know prior to your procedure and what to expect during and after your blepharoplasty. Post-procedure follow up and support should also be provided.
The surgery takes one to three hours and is performed with local or general anesthetic, depending on patient preference. Incisions are carefully placed along the natural creases of the eyelid and/or below the eye in order to hide surgical scars.
Recovery from bruising, redness and swelling takes place over one to two weeks with final stable results from the correction adjusting over several months.
When the skin around the eyes becomes loose and distended and non-invasive procedures do not yield satisfactory results, a blepharoplasty procedure can offer welcomed relief. This is especially true in the case of blepharochalasis (droopy or redundant eyelid skin), which can cause vision problems. By removing excess skin and adipose tissues, the eye area is opened up, yielding a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
While the notion of cosmetic surgery can be intimidating, under the guidance and skill of an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon, the results of a blepharoplasty can improve quality of life, both in the functions of eyesight and in improved self-image.
Are you considering a blepharoplasty procedure? Cutis encourages you to book a professional consultation with Dr. Ron Lemckert ENT – Cosmetic Facial Surgeon to see if this treatment option is right for you.
DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.