Your eyes are what draw people to your face. If they’re obscured by drooping eyelids, you’ll be left looking much older than is necessary — and that’s not to mention the vision troubles excess eyelid skin can cause. Fortunately, a blepharoplasty can reverse these issues.
At Meridian Plastic Surgery, our highly qualified team of cosmetic surgeons offers blepharoplasty to remove excess skin on your upper and/or lower eyelids, reducing sagging skin, bags, and other signs of aging. At the same time, your blepharoplasty does away with any skin that’s getting in the way of your ability to see clearly.
Is it time for you to consider blepharoplasty? Let’s take a closer look.
Your skin relies on collagen, a protein, for the structural support of the tissue. The problem is that over the years, your body makes less and less of it.
Collagen loss can be especially pronounced in the skin surrounding your eyes, because it’s already thin to begin with. As your collagen production slows with age, this thin tissue loses what little support it had. The result? Your eyelids begin to sag. In fact, the tissue can even fold over the edge of your lids, obscuring your peripheral vision.
For some people, collagen isn’t the only culprit behind aging eyes. You may have also inherited naturally puffy eyelids, which means they’re more prone to sagging.
If you’re dealing with eyelid skin issues, you’re not alone. Blepharoplasty is one of the five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. In 2018 alone, doctors performed more than 115,000 of them.
A blepharoplasty is a fairly simple procedure — and it’s usually an outpatient one, which means you can return home the same day. After your surgeon administers anesthesia to keep you comfortable, he creates an incision in the natural fold of your upper eyelid and performs one or more of the following, depending upon your goals:
If your lower eyelids are drooping, too, your surgeon makes an incision along your lash line and redistributes or removes fat deposits and removes excess skin.
Plan on taking it easy and resting your eyes a lot in the week after your procedure. Cold compresses applied to the area minimize bruising and swelling. We’ll give you specific aftercare instructions, which might additionally include ointments or dressings, to support your recovery.
Within a couple of weeks of your surgery, you should be able to debut your more youthful eyes, but it may take a month or more for the bruising and swelling to fully dissipate. Because everyone heals at their own pace, it’s important that you remain patient while your body recovers and your eyelids resettle themselves into their new shapes.
Our blepharoplasty patients agree that the wait is well worth it. Once your recovery is complete, you’re able to look out onto the world with bright, vibrant eyes that aren’t overshadowed by sagging eyelids.
If you think a blepharoplasty might be right for you, don’t hesitate to call Meridian Plastic Surgery at 601-693-7742, or book your appointment online today.