“Your eyes are the window to your soul;” It’s by far one of the most popular quotes in existence, and it reflects a very important idea—that so much of your character is reflected through your eyes. For those who suffer from sagging and puffy eyelids, it might seem as if their character isn’t being properly reflected by eyes that look perpetually tired and old. As you age, the layer of muscle and connective tissue behind your eyes start to sag, causing the fatty tissue behind it to shift and making the eyelids droop and look puffy. The proteins in your skin responsible for youthful firmness, collagen and elastin, also decrease, further contributing to wrinkling and sagging eyelids.
Procedures like the blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can turn back the clock and rejuvenate and revitalize your eyes by removing excess tissue, muscle, or fat. Stop aging from obscuring your youthful spirit with Aesthetx’s blepharoplasty procedure.
- What a Blepharoplasty Can Do
- How Blepharoplasty Is Done
- PRP for Blepharoplasty
- Recovery from Blepharoplasty
What a Blepharoplasty Can Do
Your concerns for sagging eyelids aren’t just superficial; oftentimes blepharoplasty is used to fix eyelids that are sagging enough to obscure vision.
An upper eyelid surgery is perfect for addressing drooping, tired-looking upper eyelids. If you’re concerned about puffy lower eyelids that constantly make you look tired, a lower eyelid surgery just might do the trick. Depending on how you want to revitalize your eyes, the blepharoplasty can be performed for upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
How Blepharoplasty Is Done
Upper eyelid surgery is performed by creating an incision along the eyelid, then trimming excess skin, and possibly even removing muscle and fat if needed. The incisions will then be closed, tightening the eyelid. For the upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision will be hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid.
There are actually two variations of lower eyelid surgery; an outer eyelid surgery (transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty) and an inner eyelid surgery (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). The outer eyelid surgery hides the incision along the lower lash line, while the inner eyelid surgery hides the incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. Since an inner eyelid surgery only affects fat, it’s best for people who have excellent skin elasticity but still experiences puffiness. Dr. Zeidler and Dr. Berkowitz have a preferred method for lower blepharoplasty; instead of a simple fat removal that could lead to more complications, they tighten the membrane that holds the fatty tissue in the eyelids in order to reposition the fat. This leads to a more natural look than outright fat removal.
For the ultimate facial rejuvenation outcomes, the blepharoplasty is commonly combined with a facial fat transfer that can restore youthful volume to the face, or a skin resurfacing procedure like the gentle erbium laser to rejuvenate the skin on the eyelids.
PRP for Blepharoplasty
Aesthetx utilizes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), the latest in regenerative technology for all of its facial surgeries. PRP is a concentrated serum full of the healing factors found in your own blood, and several studies have shown its efficacy on reducing recovery times and increasing the comfort of the procedure. PRP is added to the blepharoplasty to jumpstart the healing process and reduce the severity of bleeding and bruising. By using PRP, Aesthetx offers one of the most state-of-the-art blepharoplasty procedures available.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
You and your Aesthetx surgeon will discuss a recovery plan for your blepharoplasty procedure. Your blepharoplasty procedure will only take a quick 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete depending on which combination of procedures is chosen. Upper blepharoplasty alone can be performed with mild sedation and lower blepharoplasty requires general anesthesia. Sutures used to close the incision can be removed after 5 to 7 days. While it can take a few months to see the final results, most patients return to their regular activities within a couple weeks. For the best results, it’s essential that you abstain from strenuous activity during your initial recovery. Because bruising and soreness is a common part of recovery, using ice packs or pain medication can help ease your recovery.
Aesthetx is renowned for extremely informative and in-depth consultations. To schedule your private consultation for an eyelid surgery or to learn more about the procedure, contact Aesthetx by visiting HERE or calling (408) 559-7177.