The Goal of Blepharoplasty:
Blepharoplasty is designed to restore the beauty of the eyelids. Youthful eyelids are smooth, lay nicely over the contours of the eyes, and have eyelashes that gently curl out. With age, these features change. The following changes take place:
- Excess skin develops in the upper and lower eyelids.
- Upper eyelid skin tends to form a skin fold at the natural crease of the upper eyelids.
- Fatty bulges start forming in the eyelids.
- Eyelid skin starts appearing crinkly and irregular.
- Crow’s feet start developing.
- Eyelashes start curling down and lose their lushness.
Blepharoplasty and The Executive Suite
Many CEOs, CFOs, presidents, and vice presidents of large and small corporations have one thing in common; they have baggy eyelids that make them look old and grumpy. Just watch any TV show or newsroom and you will find plenty of examples. It may be due to lack of awareness of their condition or a lack of knowledge of the solution these men and women for their aesthetic eyelid issues.
Baggy eyelids can be safely remedied through blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery is designed to get rid of heavy skin and fatty bulges on the eyelids and rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes to help make the face appear more attractive and youthful.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes around two hours to complete. Most patients need less than two weeks of recovery. Eyelid surgery provides transformative results that revitalize the appearance of the eyelids and give the face a youthful glow.
Before & After Patient Photos
*Individual Results May Vary
How Blepharoplasty is Performed
Surgery is the only option to get rid of excess eyelid skin and fatty bags underneath the eyelids. There are two types of eyelid surgery:
Upper Eyelid Blepheroplasty
– This is done with an incision made precisely along the upper eyelid creases. The excess skin is measured, marked, and then surgically removed along with a thin strip of underlying orbicularis muscle. The upper eyelids have a medial and a central fat pocket. These pockets are opened, excess fat is precisely removed, and the base of fat pockets is cauterized. Then the incision is precisely closed with fine sutures.
Lower Eyelid Blepheroplasty
– This is done with a fine incision just below the lash line with a small extension to the outer corner of the eyes. The skin and muscle layer are lifted to expose the fatty bags. Lower eyelids typically have three distinct pockets of fat known as the medial, central and lateral fat pockets.
Fat in each pocket has distinct characteristics. These pockets are opened, the amount of fat is analyzed, excess fat is removed, and the base is cauterized. The eyelid skin is then gently redraped and excess skin is removed. The incisions are then carefully sutured closed.
Eyelid Surgery Testimonials
“Dr. Rai is so genuine and truly cares for his patients”
– Written on December 18, 2014
Dr. Rai is so genuine and truly cares for his patients. I consulted with several other Dallas area cosmetic surgeons before my procedure. Dr. Rai’s approach was about getting me the results I wanted without adding unnecessary procedures that the other doctors wanted to do. I am so happy with my results and I would recommend Dr. Rai to everyone I know! He is the best!!
Anesthesia for Blepheroplasty
We prefer to perform blepharoplasty under general anesthesia. Sometimes sedation alone may be used. However, an anesthesiologist is always responsible for the administration of anesthesia and patient monitoring at our surgical center.
Recovery after Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient surgery. Patients can return home the same day of their surgery. Cold compresses or cold packs on the eyelids are recommended to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
The patient should sleep with their head elevated by 20-30 degrees. Pain is minimal and mild pain medication can be provided. Patients can wash their face and shower after one day of recovery. Eye ointment is used on stitches a couple times per day for two to three days.
Stitches are typically removed after three to five days. Make-up can be used after stitches have been removed. Most swelling subsides after three weeks. The final outcome is achieved over the next three to four months. At that time, post-operative photos are taken.
The final outcome is achieved over the next 3-4 months. At that time, post- operative photos are taken.
Eyelid Chemical Peels
We treat skin wrinkles of the eyelids with a Phenol/Croton oil peel. We prefer these peels over any lasers because of their consistency, safety and superiority in results.
Cure for Crow’s Feet
Botox/ Dysport/ and similar injectable products are used for the temporary relief from crow’s feet. These injections need to be repeated every 3-4 months to maintain results. Such treatments are good adjuncts to surgery.
Restoring Lush eyelashes
Latisse is a prescription solution designed to enhance the overall appearance of the eyelashes by making them thicker, longer, and bolder.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are bothered by the appearance of your eyelids and would like to restore the vibrant appearance of your eyes through surgery, contact Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a consultation for your blepharoplasty.
Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined with Other Facial Surgeries?
Blepharoplasty is often combined with a brow lift and forehead lift. These surgeries complement the results each procedure provides. This is because brow ptosis can contribute to the aging appearance of the eyelids. Some excess eyelid skin can actually be from the sagging eyebrows.
Doing a brow lift at the same time as a blepharoplasty corrects both issues. A face and neck lift is done at the same time as a blepharoplasty to enhance the overall facial appearance.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Last?
Eyelid surgery only corrects existing eyelid issues. Aging is an ongoing process. Aging continues and some corrections provided through surgery are undone with the passage of time. New fat bags can develop in the eyelids. Additional procedures may be required over time to maintain results.
What are the Risks of Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a safe procedure. However, all surgeries carry small risks related to anesthesia and healing. There is also small risk of bleeding. Rarely have major issues such as blindness been reported as a results of blepharoplasty.
I Have Dry Eyes, Will Blepharoplasty Make Them Worse?
Dry eyes are common after the age of 40 in all people. This condition is progressive with or without surgery. Symptoms of dry eyes may be exacerbated with a blepharoplasty.