Your eyes are the most expressive part of your face. The eyes and mouth areas are the first parts of the face we notice about each other. With age, eyelids sag and droop, with bags and bulges appearing underneath. Don’t let tiredness be your only expression. Signs of aging are accelerated by heredity, exposure to sunlight, smoking, salt intake and deficiencies in diet.
At Laser Refractive and Cosmetic Centers of Ohio Eye Alliance, Dr. Sanjeev Dewan can help you bring that sparkle back to your eyes with Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty. Over the years, Dr. Dewan has become renowned as a highly accomplished provider of eyelid surgery for patients in the greater Canton, Alliance, and Youngstown areas including Stark, Holmes, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties of Northeastern Ohio. He performs this procedure to help patients achieve a more refreshed, energized facial appearance.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid plastic surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin by excision, or occasionally, laser resurfacing. If there is excess fat, this is removed simultaneously. Extreme care is taken to not remove too much fat, so a hollowing appearance will not result from eyelid surgery as the patient grows older. Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women because of its high level of patient satisfaction. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Who are the Best Candidates for Blepharoplasty?
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are those that have realistic expectations of the results and are in good physical and mental health. If your eyelids are encroaching upon your field of vision, the procedure may be covered by your medical insurance plan as “medically necessary” surgery. Though surgical correction is appropriate for all ages, it is necessary to consider other medical problems such as allergies or thyroid disorders that may affect the final appearance.
What do I Need to do Before Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Before you undergo eyelid surgery, you’ll be asked to see our cosmetic surgeon for a complimentary one to one consultation. This consultative process is important, as you’ll be able to discuss the goals of the procedure and learn more in a confidential setting. The surgeon will evaluate the condition and health of your eyes. Specifics regarding your eye health, including sight, tear production, use of contact lenses, use of medications and personal expectations will be discussed. You may also discuss how much correction you’d like with your surgeon. Each person is unique, with individual needs. For example, you may only want to eliminate the bags located in the area of your lower eyelids.
This consultation will allow both you and your surgeon to come to a mutual decision. Together, a plan will be decided on regarding the surgical technique. Specifics of your eyelid surgery will be discussed, such as how to adequately prepare for surgery, details on what the actual surgery entails, and what to expect while you recover. Our cosmetic surgeon will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
What can I expect during Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Pain is controlled by local anesthetics and sedatives, which are administered by an anesthesiologist. The incision is made using a state of the art Carbon Dioxide Laser, or “Blade Free” to minimize bleeding.
The location of the incisions is chosen carefully by Dr. Dewan so that the resulting scar will be as hidden as possible. To correct the upper eyelids, an incision is typically made in the natural creases. For the lower eyelids, an incision is typically made inside the lower eyelid. This allows the scar to be well concealed. He then carefully removes excess skin, fatty and muscle tissue, and skillfully rearranges the eyelid tissues to create a subtly rejuvenated eye appearance.
Generally, the scar will heal into a thin and fine line, making it almost impossible to detect.
What can I expect after Blepharoplasty?
After the procedure, you will need a driver to take you home. A little soreness and redness will be present in the treated area. Mild bruising will appear and generally lasts from two to three weeks. Your physician will be available to respond immediately to any concerns you may have while you recover, particularly if you experience any severe pain that cannot be controlled by over the counter medications like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
You’ll need to take care of your eyes while you recover. This includes keeping your head elevated and limiting physical exertion. Cold compresses should be applied twice hourly while awake for the first week followed by four times daily for an additional week to reduce swelling and discomfort. A one pound bag of frozen peas in a one gallon zip lock bag is an inexpensive and very effective cold compress.
For a few days following eye surgery, blurring of vision may occur. Your eyes may feel sticky and itchy. You will be prescribed eye drops and ointment to alleviate this. However, you’ll be able to watch television and read about two days following surgery, and in ten you’ll most likely be back at work if it is not too physically strenuous. Stitches are usually removed one to two weeks after the procedure. Sometimes, self-absorbing stitches and tissue glue are used.
Most patients experience a more youthful appearance and greater alertness along with improvement in vision. The beneficial effects are seen immediately but the healing process can take up to a year.
The results of your eye surgery will last for years and for many, are permanent!
To schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation or learn more about Blepharoplasty options for you, contact us today.
Combining Blepharoplasty with Other Procedures
At Laser Refractive and Cosmetic Centers of Ohio Eye Alliance, patients are offered a range of highly effective facial rejuvenation and beautification procedures. Depending on the unique needs and desires of each patient, Dr. Dewan may recommend a combination of eyelid surgery with other procedures to achieve the best possible results. Some of the treatments that can be used to complement blepharoplasty include Juvederm collagen filler or Botox for wrinkles.