According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2020, eyelid surgery was the second most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. In 2020 alone, over 325,000 eyelid surgeries were performed.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can correct excess eyelid skin, puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes, wrinkles around the eyes, eye drooping, and dark circles under the eyes.
What is an Eyelid Surgery Like?
Blepharoplasties vary depending on each person’s unique concerns and surgical goals. During your initial consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Sozer will examine your face and explain multiple techniques that can be used during the surgery. An upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both may be recommended. Both procedures can be done at the same time.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes wrinkled folds of skin on the upper eyelids, which can cause hooding or drooping of the eyelids and may obstruct vision. The upper eyelid surgery incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper lid, allowing the scar to be virtually undetectable when healed. Through this incision, the excess skin and tissue are removed from the upper eyelids.
The upper blepharoplasty can be complemented with a brow lift for more dramatic results. Our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa also offers non-surgical options for droopy lids and crow’s feet, including Botox®, Scarlet RF and Tempsure® Envi treatments.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery removes or relocates excessive tissue that may be causing puffiness or bulging under the eyes. For the lower blepharoplasty, the incision can be placed inside the lower eyelid or on the lower eyelid just below the eyelashes. Wherever the incision is placed, it usually heals very well and scars are almost impossible to see.
The lower blepharoplasty can be complemented with fat injections to add youthful fullness back into the face and hollow under-eyes. Our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa also offers non-surgical options for under eye bulging and pigmentation, including fillers like Voluma™ XC and Juvederm® XC. We also offer Fraxel® laser treatments and microneedling with PRP. Skincare products can also be beneficial in treating under eye concerns, and we recommend the SkinCeuticals® A.G.E. Eye Complex or AOX Eye Gel.
What is Recovery Like After an Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasties are considered outpatient procedures, and patients can return home the same day. Upper blepharoplasties are quick and minimally invasive procedures that can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia. Lower blepharoplasties are more intricate and are performed under general anesthesia. After eyelid surgery at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, patients are generally able to return to normal activities within a few days.
Patients may experience a temporary decrease in the sensation in the eyelids or mild dryness or irritation in the eyes. These symptoms should resolve within a few days of surgery, as the incision heals. After eyelid surgery, bruising is common and may take a few weeks to completely subside. Swelling usually subsides within a few weeks of surgery, but will continue to go down over the next three to six months.
Am I a Good Eyelid Surgery Candidate?
Many experts consider eyelid surgery to be the best facial rejuvenation procedure one can undergo to rejuvenate a youthful appearance in the face. This procedure can be performed on men and women of many ages, and a proper evaluation is best to see if surgical or non-surgical procedures are more appropriate.
You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you:
- Have drooping or hooding of the upper eyelids
- Have fat bags, excess skin, or dark circles on the lower eyelids
- Are healthy and do not have any medical conditions that may impair healing
- Are a non-smoker
- Have realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns, and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call or text our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” form. Someone will contact you to make an appointment.
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