Eyelid Surgery, Harrisonburg VA
Eyes are a prominent facial feature. It is the surrounding skin, rather than the eyes themselves, that conveys emotion. The tissue, muscle, fat, hair and lashes all contribute to the wide array of expressions. Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines and bags/puffiness around the eyes.
The aging process can cause unwanted changes in expression, causing us to look permanently fatigued and older than we really are. These changes in appearance can cause emotional distress and sometimes even visual impairment. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to your eyes. It may involve the upper lids, the lower lids, or both.
New and Traditional Techniques
Traditional Blepharoplasty: An incision is made in the crease of the upper lid toward the temples. Once healed, it is not noticeable when the eye is open. On the lower lid, the incision is made along the lash line toward the temples, and is hidden by lashes when healed.
The Transconjunctival Approach: This is a newer technique for lid blepharoplasty, involving an incision inside the lower lid. Fat can be removed through this incision, but excess skin cannot be eliminated.
Laser resurfacing of the eyelids is a non-surgical alternative that may delay the need for a surgical blepharoplasty. It results in significant tightening of the skin around the eyes, but will not effect the fat around the eyes and may even accentuate it.
Please ask your doctor if you have any questions about which procedure is right for you.
This procedure is performed, in most cases, under General Anesthesia with a local anesthesia given around the eyes. It is done so, for your comfort and quality of care. An IV Sedation and local aneshtesia is available upon request..
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center. It is important to arrange for care after the surgery. Someone must drive you home and be available to care for you for the first 24 hours.
Complications are unlikely when performed by a surgeon with experience in blepharoplasty. These include: a collection of blood under the skin (hematoma), delayed wound healing, infection, drooping of the upper or lower eyelid, turning out of the lower eyelid, asymmetry and dry eyes.
Recovery: What to Expect
The area surrounding the eyes will remain swollen in the days following the surgery. It should begin to subside after the first 3-4 days. Some blurring of vision can be normal immediately postoperatively.
The stitches will be removed in 4-5 days. Swelling and bruising will persist for about 10 to 14 days. You can begin wearing makeup to help conceal these concerns after 2 weeks. You may expect to resume normal activity within a week to 10 days, and start enjoying your new look within approximately one month. It may take about 2 1/2 months for the scars to lose all of their redness.
Wrinkling will reoccur later in life, Deeper wrinkles around the outer eye extending out onto the temple area are not greatly affected by the eyelid lift. These areas may be treated with laser resurfacing.