Eyelid Surgery Helps You Look Rested and Rejuvenated
Aging comes with a wide range of challenges. When it comes to your eyes, loose skin and excess fat can lead to sagging above the eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. This can leave you looking tired and many years older than you actually are.
At his practice in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. James B. Lowe provides eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty to rejuvenate your eyes. This safe, effective procedure removes excess skin and fat to reveal youthful, refreshed eyes. With over a decade of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Lowe is equipped to address a wide range of cosmetic issues.
Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery
Sagging skin and puffiness around the eyes is a common problem that many people face as they get older. People suffering from these issues are often self-conscious about looking drowsy or exhausted even when they are not. One of the issues with excess tissue around the eyes is obstruction of your vision. In some cases, it can be so severe that patients are forced to tilt their head in awkward, uncomfortable positions.
There are two types of eyelid surgery that can address these issues: upper and lower. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Lowe will design a treatment plan that can address either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
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Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
Sagging or hooded upper eyelids can make you look tired. Those who wish to address these issues may quality for upper blepharoplasty. This procedure may also benefit you if you have droopy eyelids that obstruct your vision. In fact, if your vision is affected by excess skin, then insurance may even cover the procedure as medically necessary.
What to Expect during Upper Eyelid Surgery
When you arrive to our Oklahoma City practice, we will escort you to a comfortable treatment room. Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Lowe administers local anesthesia for your comfort, although IV sedation or general anesthesia is also available upon your request.
Next, an incision is created near the existing crease of the upper eyelid. This helps minimize the appearance of scars. Any excess skin is trimmed away, and in some cases, muscles are repositioned. Finally, the remaining skin is lifted and sutured into place. Using the latest methods and techniques, Dr. Lowe is able to avoid overcorrection and deliver natural-looking results. Both upper and lower blepharoplasty takes about two to three hours at our office.
Candidacy for Lower Eyelid Surgery
If puffiness, wrinkles, and under-eye bags make you appear older than you really are, lower blepharoplasty can address these flaws. You may qualify for this procedure if the areas under your eyes have developed a hollowed or sunken-in appearance. Lower eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic in nature, but the effects are dramatic and long-lasting.
What to Expect during Lower Eyelid Surgery
While upper blepharoplasty primarily involves the removal of excess skin, lower eyelid surgery eliminates both sagging skin and fat deposits. To perform this procedure, Dr. Lowe administers local anesthesia and creates an incision just below the lower lash line. Next, he carefully sculpts the area by removing excess tissue, muscle, and fat. In some instances, fat is redistributed to prevent an uneven appearance. Muscles around the eye may also be tightened, if necessary. Once this is accomplished, the remaining skin is repositioned and incisions are closed.
Your consultation with Dr. Lowe will help determine whether you will require upper or lower eyelid surgery, or both.
Immediate Recovery after Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
Patients can expect some degree of tenderness and discomfort during the initial healing period. Detailed aftercare instructions will be provided to you following your surgery at our Oklahoma City practice. It is important to follow these guidelines precisely to promote healing and help you enjoy a comfortable, successful recovery.
Typical side effects also include swelling and bruising. However, these are temporary and should diminish in about 10 to 14 days. To mitigate these symptoms, we recommend taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You can also apply cold compresses to the areas to reduce inflammation. You can also reduce swelling by sleeping with your head elevated for the first several days.
You will need to spend a few days of rest at home before you are able to return to work. Avoid heavy lifting, working out, and other strenuous activity until cleared by Dr. Lowe; an elevation in heart rate can lead to increased bleeding and discomfort. If you wear contacts, you will need to rely on traditional lenses for a couple weeks until you feel comfortable with contact lenses again.
Many patients worry about scarring after eyelid surgery. While some minor scarring is possible, Dr. Lowe strategically places his incisions in the folds of the eyelids to reduce their appearance. Applying Vitamin E or aloe vera can also smooth out the skin and help decrease the appearance of scar tissue.
In general, the results of eyelid surgery last for years – and in many cases, for a lifetime. While the fat that is removed during blepharoplasty is permanent, more fat deposits or sagging skin can still form during the aging process. Keep in mind, however, that a brow lift can often reduce the occurrence of this.