They say our eyes are the “windows to your soul,” because they reveal so much about a person. Unfortunately your eyes may not be looking their best and brightest due to age, loss of skin elasticity and genetics. Instead of looking rested, alert and in-charge, you may appear to be tired, run-down, angry or unhappy due to drooping eyelids or puffy under eye bags. If you fell that your eyes make you look older, sad or fatigued, you may want to consider cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty).
How is the Eyelid Surgery or the Bleph procedure performed?
Depending on your features and the recommendation of Dr. Anthony P. Lockwood or Dr. Avi Islur, you may have cosmetic eyelid enhancement. There are 3 different surgeries you may qualify for eyelid surgery, upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both upper and lower eyelid surger. Through a strategically placed incision, the upper eyelid procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue. Because it is placed in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, the incision will be camouflaged in your natural eyelid crease upon healing. Lower eyelid procedures also involve the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue. The incision may be made just under the lower lash line or inside the lower lid. Through a personal consultation, Dr. Lockwood or Dr. Islur will decide the best approach for revitalizing your eyelids.
What will I look and feel like after an Eyelid Surgery?
Because every individual patient varies in degree of bruising and healing, there is no exact answer. However, we can offer a general outline of expectations:
- If bruising or swelling appear, it will usually occur within the first few days. Resting with the head elevated and gently applying cold compresses will help to alleviate these conditions.
- Within the fist week, the stitches will dissolve or be removed; cosmetics can be used to cover any temporary residual discoloration. You may also resume any normal activities that are considered non-strenuous.
- After a few weeks, you may resume vigorous exercise and wearing contact lenses.
- Over the next few months, you may experience a reduction of swelling and the final results will begin to take shape.
How long will an Eyelid Surgery last?
Your eyes and, consequently, your entire expression will look younger. Discuss with Dr. Lockwood/ Dr. Islur the best ways to maintain your results.
What kind of risks are involved with an Eyelid Lift?
Eyelid surgery is a safe procedure that has been performed for over 75 years. Thousands of men and women experience this surgery every year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Dr. Lockwood/ Dr. Islur can detail these for you in a personal consultation.
What kind of follow-up care will I need after an Eyelid Surgery?
You will return to our office for a postoperative visit almost immediately and then periodically to monitor your progress. The postoperative time is crucial of the long-term effectiveness of your procedure.