The eyes are the most expressive part of our appearance. However, the eyelids are usually the first part of the face that shows signs of aging and stress. Do you have droopy eyelids that make you look tired all the time? At Female Plastic Surgery Associates of Tennessee in Franklin, TN, we perform blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to help you maintain a fresh, bright-looking appearance.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty, often known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that aims to eliminate the extra skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. After the procedure, you can have an improved field of vision, brighter-looking eyes, or even both. The procedure can be performed in a few ways, based on your goals and preference.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty is performed when you want to remove excess fat and skin from the upper eyelids only. We may also perform this procedure to create the appearance of a natural eyelid crease. To do this, we use a thin layer of skin to connect the incisions on your eyelids.
Your vision may also improve as a result of upper blepharoplasty. Your top eyelid may droop to the point where it slumps over your eyes, thus obscuring your vision. By removing excess skin and fat on your upper eyelids, you’ll have a better field of view.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery, on the other hand, focuses on the lash line. The goal of the surgery is to make your eyes look more even and symmetrical. To do this, we may add or remove fat via an incision along your lash line. Incisions inside the lower eyelid can also be made.
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty on both the upper and lower eyelids is also known as quadrilateral blepharoplasty. It’s a great choice if you’d like to completely transform how your eyes look. During this procedure, the excess skin on your upper eyelids is removed. On your lower eyelids, the loose skin, extra fat, and droopy muscles are also removed. As a result, your eyes will look as if they’re being “lifted” from all sides, making them look more lively.
What Can You Expect From Blepharoplasty?
We can help you accomplish results that look very natural. By having eyelid surgery, you can rejuvenate your eyes and enjoy a more youthful appearance. Most candidates who go through the procedure are pleased with their results. There’s also no need to worry about scars because they are practically hidden. We place the incisions along the natural crease in your skin.
The results of your blepharoplasty are permanent and can last for more than ten years. However, you should keep in mind that this surgical procedure doesn’t stop the aging process.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Blepharoplasty typically takes one hour. Depending on your preference, we may perform it under local anesthetic with sedation or under full anesthesia. Some people choose to have either upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty only, or both. We’ll make the best recommendation based on your personal goals and current appearance.
During upper blepharoplasty, we’ll make a small incision along the eyelid crease to remove unwanted tissues that contribute to a tired, fatigued appearance. Likewise, a hidden incision is made inside the lower eyelid during lower blepharoplasty to remove excess fat and tighten sagging skin.
What’s the Recovery Period Like?
The recovery time for blepharoplasty lasts from two to four weeks. To speed up your recovery and ensure complete healing, you’ll need to take time to rest and follow post-surgery instructions. We’ll advise you to take time off from work, school, or other daily activities. You’ll need this time to recover fully and recuperate.
Keep Your Eyes Protected
During your recovery period, you’ll need to keep your eyes protected from the wind, sunshine, and other irritants. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself by wearing dark sunglasses and a hat.
Avoid Unnecessary Strain or Stress
It is also necessary to avoid activities that may strain your eyes. These may include reading, watching television, or using a computer. It’s best to take some time to rest your eyes and try not to engage in activities that may cause your eyes to dry up.
For the first few weeks after your surgery, you should avoid strenuous activities or heavy physical exercise. Physical activity can cause increased blood flow to the eyes. Lifting heavy objects, engaging in intense exercise, and sports some of the straining activities you should avoid.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?
In general, people who are in good health can undergo blepharoplasty. However, they should also have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for them. However, no matter how old or young you are, you may choose to have this procedure to have livelier, brighter-looking eyes that reflect your personality.
Eyelid surgery is not just about reversing the signs of aging. You may also be a good candidate for upper and lower blepharoplasty if your eyelids have excess fat and skin that make you look unnecessarily unhappy or tired. There are also practical benefits that come with eyelid surgery. Some candidates also choose to undergo the procedure to improve their field of vision.
Feel Refreshed and Look Younger
By performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, we help you get desirable results that make you look and feel your best. Blepharoplasty is only one of our life-changing procedures that gives you a brighter, livelier appearance. Our women-led team is here to guide you in every step of your transformation. Whether your goal is to look more refreshed or younger, you deserve to get only the best results! Contact us today to schedule your consultation.