Eyelid surgery is becoming an increasingly popular procedure. One of the first signs of aging is droopy or saggy eyebrows. Not only can saggy skin above or below the eye betray a person's age, making him or her appear older than in actuality, but it can also make a person appear sad or tired. To eliminate this sign of aging, excess skin and fat tissue can be removed from both above and below the eye.
Eyelid surgery has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures for
both men and women. The reason is that it's one of the most early signs of
aging that people will notice on their face. Not only do they say that they
look old but really what bothers these people more is they say co-workers
or friends will say, "Oh, you look tired" or, "You look sad." They just get
tired of hearing that over and over.
The upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a little more straightforward than the
lower and is usually purely excess skin. The excess skin can be removed,
and sometimes a little fat is removed as well. The lower eyelid surgery is
a little bit more in depth and can have more downtime. The reason is, is
that it's not only excess skin. Usually, the main problems with lower
eyelids that people complain about are either that they have puffy bags
under their eyes or they have what we call a tear trough. Which is a
depression just underneath that puffy area that starts close to the nose
and goes out this way.
To correct those, you have to go in through an incision that's just below
the eyelashes and remove some of the fat and rearrange it. We actually use
that fat as a filler to fill in that tear trough. Most patients, their
stitches are out in five to seven days. Bruising, in an average patient, is
gone in about one week. Occasionally, patients will take ten days to two
weeks for their bruising to resolve. During that time, though, we can use
certain medications and ointments that will speed the recovery process.