BLEPHAROPLASTY – Eye Lid Lift Surgery
Every year, one hundred thousand men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags under the eyes that make you look worn and tired. This procedure cannot alter dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor can it change sagging eyebrows. Though blepharoplasty is often performed as a single procedure, Dr. Buckley may also recommend a mini-facelift, CO2 or plasma skin resurfacing to achieve the best results. Successful facial cosmetic surgery is a result of good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Richard Buckley will discuss options tailored to your individual needs and answer any questions you may have.
Is Blepharoplasty Right For Me?
As with all facial cosmetic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from both upper and lower lids which can result in a refreshed, younger appearance and more firmness around the eye area. People with serious medical conditions must rely on the diagnostic skills of their own personal specialists to determine whether blepharoplasty is an option to consider. Consultation with Dr. Buckley can help you decide whether any additional, complementary procedures would maximize the outcome of the surgery.
Understanding The Surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, Dr Buckley marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar. In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Buckley makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lashline and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures. Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed. When sutures are used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the eye. They are also self-dissolving and leave no visible scar. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take from one to two hours.
Making The Decision To Have Eye Lid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The patient must make the commitment to follow the pre-surgical and post-operative instructions. During the pre-surgical consultation at MilfordMD Surgery & Laser Center, you will be examined or asked to answer queries concerning vision, tear production, use of lenses, and your desires for surgery. Dr. Richard Buckley will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty and take a complete medical history. Factors to be weighed include age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of vision obstruction. Furthermore, you can expect an open and honest exchange between you and Dr. Buckley, which will establish the basis for a successful outcome. After a mutual decision is made by both you and Dr. Buckley, the technique indicated for your individual surgery will be discussed. The type of anesthesia, the surgical facility, any supportive surgery, and the risks and costs inherent in the procedure will be outlined.
What To Expect After The Surgery
Immediately after the surgery has been completed, Dr. Richard Buckley may apply tiny sterile bandages. This is not done for transconjunctival blepharoplasty. It is not crucial that the eyes be covered. However, an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used. A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. Dr. Buckley will prescribe medication for discomfort. For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). Eyedrops may be recommended. Dr Buckley will also list activities and environments to avoid in the weeks immediately following surgery. Permanent stitches will be removed in three to five days after surgery.