Blepharoplasty is a common surgical procedure for the eye that can address a variety of eyelid conditions and concerns. Surgery can be done on both the upper and lower lids, restoring eyelid functionality and improving the appearance of your eyes.
At Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, we treat a number of issues with blepharoplasty, providing you with immediate and long-lasting results. You may want to consider this type of surgery if you have these types of problems around your eyes:
1.Loose skin folds
As you age, your body stops producing as much collagen as it did when you were younger. This loss of collagen results in saggy, loose skin that folds over your upper eyelid.
Loose skin that hangs over your eye can impair your vision and make you uncomfortable. You may also look older than your age.
2. Stubborn fat deposits
Excess fat that settles in the upper lids or under your eyes can cause unattractive bulges that affect your self-confidence.
As you age, a buildup of fat can increase around your eyes, which is difficult to lose without surgery, no matter how well you eat or how often you exercise.
3. Under-eye bags
Baggy skin under your eyes can make you look tired and take away from the natural beauty of your eyes.
Bags develop as the muscles around your eyelids begin to weaken with age, causing puffiness and swelling that extends downward toward your cheeks.
4. Drooping lower lids
Excess skin can cause your lower eyelids to droop down, causing the whites of your eyes to show.
Drooping lower lids can not only affect your appearance, it can also cause persistent eye dryness and irritation.
5. Excess skin and wrinkles
In addition to the discomfort of heavy, excess skin that interferes with your vision, sagging skin can result in deep-set wrinkles that detract from your appearance.
Wrinkles can increase over time and develop into deeper folds that interfere with your vision and eyelid functionality.
How blepharoplasty can help
Blepharoplasty is a surgical technique that can remove excess skin, making your eyes look more alert and youthful. As long as you’re in good overall health and have realistic expectations for surgical results, you may be the ideal candidate for this effective procedure.
The surgery requires general anesthesia and a number of small incisions in the targeted treatment area. Many of the incisions are made in the natural creases of your skin to reduce the appearance of scars.
Through these incisions, Dr. Bopp can redistribute fat deposits to reduce the bulges and bags under your lower lid. He can also remove excess skin, tightening the area around your eyes to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines that make you look older.
Expect dramatic, yet natural results
As with many types of surgeries, there will be swelling and slight bruising as you heal. These side effects resolve on their own gradually, revealing tighter, firmer skin around your eyes.
Without all the heavy skin weighing down your eyes, you no longer have to worry about vision impairments or a prematurely aged appearance.
Side effects of blepharoplasty are minimal. You may experience a brief period of watery eyes and increased sensitivity to light as you heal from surgery. To protect you from infection, you may need to use prescription eye drops following the procedure.
Otherwise, you can expect to return to most of your usual activities within a week of surgery. As the incisions heal, you can expect full functionality of your eyelids to return, and you’ll enjoy long-lasting improvements in your overall eye region, without worry of noticeable surgical scars.
Are you ready to find out if blepharoplasty is right for you? Call our office in Metairie, Louisiana, to schedule a consultation.