Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, resurfacing techniques may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to temporarily prevent muscles from forming fine lines and wrinkles again.
The surgery generally takes about one to two hours and is performed in Dr. Reavie's accredited office operating room. Often additional cosmetic procedures are performed at the same time, such as face and neck lifts and brow lifts.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by Dr. Reavie and his nurses after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is shorter than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.