Ethnic Procedure - Eyelid / Blepharoplasty
Are you starting to notice that your lids are drooping with excess skin and under your eyes there is a puffiness that never seems to go away even when you get a good night's rest? It may be time for you to consider blepharoplasty or often referred to as an eyelift.
Eyelifts are the fastest growing plastic surgery procedure amongst ethnic groups. At Premier Image our goal is to maintain your cultural appearance while enhancing your eyes.
The eyes are often the first area of the face to show signs of aging as the fold and crease in your eye gets longer with age. As people age, excess skin forms in the eye area, wrinkling can occur, loss of elasticity and overtime fatty tissue may accumulate under the skin.
Most patients are 35 years or older but sometimes droopy eyelids are hereditary and you may opt to have the surgery at a younger age. In some cases excess skin is so severe that it can interfere with you being able to see clearly. Premier Image will provide you with pictures of yours eyes for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement for the eyelid surgery.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
During your consultation with one of the facial plastic surgeons, he will take pictures of your face and then use computer imaging which allows you to see how you will look after the surgery is performed. Often patients will combine an eyelift with other facial procedures such as a brow lift or a QT Mini Face Lift.
What Happens in the Blepharoplasty Procedure?
The eyelift procedure may involve removing fat pads under the eye, along with excess skin and muscle, from the upper and lower lids. Incisions are made along the line creases of the upper eyelid and possibly along the outer lower rim of the eye's skin. On a full eye lift another incision is made inside the lower rim of the eye's skin. Eyelid surgery is often performed under local anesthesia in our out-patient surgery center.
How long is the Healing Process?
The tissue around the eye heals very quickly so this procedure has minimal downtime. You will be instructed to rest after the surgery with your head elevated. Use ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising. Oral medications are prescribed to help with any pain or discomfort. Often patients can resume moderate activities in a few days with the help of a little makeup and sunglasses. Stitches are removed in about a week. Because of where the surgical incisions are made, scarring is essentially unnoticeable. Blepharoplasty can make a big difference in helping to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to your eyes.