One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process wrinkles, lines and puffiness can contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce sagging lids, dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance to the eye area. Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty.
For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are generally hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extend slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it usually is inconspicuous and heals well.
For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are often hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redraped to eliminate puffiness or bulges. This restores a youthful fullness to the lower eyelid. As in upper eyelid surgery, placement of the incisions in natural crease lines allows for the scars to usually heal in a concealed manner.
Eyelid surgery generally takes about two hours to perform. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the surgery time will last longer.
Typically, post-surgery instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with eyelid surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Following eyelid surgery in Annandale, patients can expect bruising, swelling, numbness and scarring. In addition, patients may experience dryness and irritation of the eyes following their procedure.
In general, complications from eyelid surgery are extremely rare and careful pre-operative assessment is the key to prevention. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given to them from Dr. Nickodem.
The benefits of eyelid surgery are long-lasting. Once healed, patients can expect to have a more rested and youthful appearance. If you are interested in the benefits of eyelid surgery, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a surgery consultation today.