By Charles F. Fatseas, M.D. –
Your eyes are the first thing people notice about you. They are the most remarkable and dynamic area of the human face. Our eyes show a vast array of emotion. When others look at you, do they see eyes that look puffy and tired or sadness and lacking vigor? Is there the sparkle of attention and interest? As we age, the tone and shape of our eyelids can loosen and sag; creating the appearance of fatigue and making us appear much older than we actually are. Blepharoplasty is often the most dramatic surgical procedure one can do to improve signs of aging.
A Simple Procedure
Fortunately, eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a simple procedure that can restore that youthful appearance to one’s eyes. Blepharoplasty is one of the oldest described treatments of the aging face, dating back to 1000 A.D. Although there have been many variations of the procedure, the basic premise of the surgery is to remove excess skin and fat of the eyelids that has increased over time due to aging, thereby restoring the youthful appearance of one’s eyes. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both based on each person’s individual needs. Other problems of the eyelids, such as asymmetry and lid lag (ptosis), can also be corrected during blepharoplasty.
How It Works
This procedure does not require general anesthesia. The patient is given a mild sedative followed by anesthetic eye drops and local anesthesia to the eyelid areas. The eyelid areas in need of attention are marked with a special marker while the patient is awake so Dr. Fatseas can accurately visualize eyelid function and the natural creases of the eyelids. Excess skin and fat that may be present which will require removal is carefully measured.
For the upper eyelids, excess skin and fat are removed through an incision that is hidden in the natural eyelid crease. For the lower eyelids, the fat can be removed and the skin tightened through an internal or external incision that is hidden just below the eyelashes. If there is excess skin in the lower lid, a small incision is made just below the lashes. Fat can be removed through this incision, and the excess skin also removed. The incision is then closed with very fine sutures. Once healed, these lower eyelid incisions are virtually invisible.
Most patients usually take about two days off from their normal activities after having blepharoplasty. There is a small amount of postoperative bruising around the eyes that can easily be concealed with sunglasses. Patients are often surprised by how little discomfort they feel postoperatively. They leave the outpatient operative suite comfortable and with no impairment to their vision.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be performed together and can also be combined with other procedures such as eyebrow or forehead lift, face lift, neck lift, and laser skin resurfacing. Another common procedure done in combination with blepharoplasty is laser liposuction to the neck. With very few exceptions, most patients are good candidates for blepharoplasty.
Call and schedule your free consultation with Dr. Fatseas at Rejuvenation Health and Wellness today.
Aspen Grove Medical Plaza
125 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite 240
Franklin, TN 37067
200 Creekside Drive
Dickson, TN 37055