Allergies, Puffiness, Tired… Oh My!

If you suffer from puffy, tired looking eyes, it could be more than just spring time allergies. As we grow older, there are certain parts of our physical features that begin to display the signs of aging faster in comparison to other parts of the body.

The eyes are one of the main focal points in a first impression, however, they are also one of the features on the body that displays age faster than the other portions of the face. Luckily, it is now possible to reverse the signs of aging so that it is harmonious to the rest of our appearance.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that is performed to fix droopy, sagging eyelids. The appearance of under-eye bags can send the message of older age or fatigue, maybe even both. When the eyes look older, it overshadows the maintained youth and vitality that is still in your facial features. Visible aging effects to the eyes such as crow’s feet, under-eye bags, creases, wrinkles and droopy eyelids can add a handful of years onto your appearance.

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An eyelid surgery can help reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful and refreshed look to your appearance. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid or both. Not only can blepharoplasty help functional problems but it can also treat:

  • Fine wrinkles and excess skin on the lower lid
  • Heavy bags underneath the eyes
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the lids
  • Droopy lower lid that reveals the white below the iris
  • Sagging/loose skin that creates folds and disturbs the natural shape of the upper lid which could possibly interfere with vision

Consulting with a specialist that has extensive experience and knowledge of this procedure is the most important step in the entire process. This initial consultation will not only help decide if a blepharoplasty is the right choice for you, but will also help build a doctor-patient relationship that will aid in security and comfortablility.

In some instances, a patient may be able to avoid some of the associated methods that is commonly performed with a typical eyelid surgery and undergo an alternative procedure that is known as a transconjuntival eyelid surgery. This method is commonly used in conjunction with lower eyelid laser resurfacing. This surgical procedure does not require removal of the skin under the lower lid. In this process, the surgeon will make very small incisions on the inner part of the lower lid and remove the fat that has collected in that region, leaving no visible signs of scarring.

As for a traditional eyelid surgery, the surgeon will go in and make a series of small incisions around the eye, following the natural shape of the eyelids. Within the incision, the doctor will lift the skin, rid the accumulated fat deposits, and tighten the muscle and skin to form a newly contoured shape of the eyelid.

In some instances, doctors will suggest an eyebrow lift in place of eyelid surgery, depending on the problem areas that are being treated and the desired outcome.

A typical eye lid surgery can take a couple of hours as an outpatient procedure. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia and other calming relaxants. Although there is possibility of a slight pressure sensation during the surgery, it is ensured that the patient will continue to feel relaxed and comfortable.

Every individual is different which is why the recovery rate for everyone varies depending on current health standing of the patient.  Throughout the recuperation process, the patient will have several visits with the doctor to ensure proper healing.

After surgery, a soothing ointment is applied as well as a dressing over the treated eye(s). The patient may exerpience slight discomfort and can be controlled with a prescription pain medicine from the surgeon. However it is not long lasting and will subside with time.

The doctor will provide post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and will have the patient:

  • use a pillow to prop themselves up to sit in an upright position to reduce swelling
  • use eye drops to help soothe and moisten the eyelids
  • protect the eyes from direct sun exposure or bright lights
  • place a cool washcloth on the eyes

After a couple of days up until a week, the stitches will be removed and a noticeable visual improvement will be seen. Over time, the improvements in the eye region will become more apparent.

If restoring your youth and self-confidence with an eyelid surgery is something you are interested, you may contact The Kaplan Center at (201) 948-5475.