As men and women age they both experience the natural ravages of aging, and both experience a loss in skin elasticity on the face and especially around the eyes. This can create a tired or angry appearance and lead many patients to seek treatment for this concern. Dr. Norberto Soto has helped many of his patients to attain the natural youthful look they wish for. To learn more about Blepharoplasty procedures and determine if you are a good candidate, please contact our office to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Norberto Soto.
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is a aesthetic procedure also called a blepharoplasty. It is performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids, especially eyelids that are sagging, wrinkled, or otherwise cosmetically displeasing to the individual. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Some patients who have puffy, heavy-looking eyelids see a blepharoplasty as a way to look younger and appear more awake and alert. In some cases, a blepharoplasty is performed for functional purposes, the sagging eyelids can impair a person’s visual field or ability to focus on objects.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty can help remove extra fat and tissue in and around the upper and lower eyelids, removing a baggy or sagging appearance. If combined with brow lifts or facelifts, blepharoplasty can take years off a person’s appearance..
When the lower eyelid droops too much, it can reveal more white underneath the colored portion of the eye, which can make the eyes themselves look unbalanced or asymmetrical. Excess skin of the upper eyelid can “weigh” down the eyelid further adding to this tired look.
There are various types of blepharoplasties depending on the results the patient desires, the eyelid anatomy, and the extent of the work needed. Different techniques are used on an individual basis, and the particular technique best suited for you will be determined by Dr. Soto during your consultation.
Before Dr. Soto discusses surgical options he will review your full medical history, determine your current health status, review prescriptions you may be taking, noting any allergies, past surgeries, smoking/drinking habits, and other important elements.
Photographs will be taken to assist in preparation for surgical planning and to compare before and after surgery results. This is the best time to approach Dr. Soto with any questions or concerns you might have about blepharoplasty. You may want to prepare a list to take with you. Questions may include:
- What sort of anesthesia will be used?
- How much time will I need to recover and should I take time off work?
- Will the procedure impair my vision in any way?
- Will there be any pain or prescribed pain medications?
- How long will the results last and are there ways to improve the look of my eyelids long-term?
Patients often experience apprehension, worry, or anxiety preceding any surgical procedure. That’s why it’s so important to have this consultation so that Dr. Soto can alleviate your fears or concerns, so you are confident going into the operation.
Dr. Soto makes the required incisions along the natural crease of the eye for the upper eyelid. If the lower lid is being treated, an incision may also be made right below the lower eyelash line.
Once the incisions are made, excess fat and tissue are removed using specialized tools, and the skin and muscle are manipulated for the desired results. After this, the incisions are closed—most likely with sutures.
Most patients notice a significant improvement very early on and are extremely pleased with the procedure. The recovery is rather short, usually with minimal discomfort, and patients are back to daily activities within 7-10 days.
Blepharoplasty usually has a short recovery time, around 10-14 days for a complete recovery.
Bruising and swelling is to be expected afterward, but is quickly reduced within 48 hours—especially if gel packs and cool compresses are applied to the treated area as indicated. Walking and other light activity is highly recommended as well. You should avoid activities that require bending at the waist as this can lead to changes in pressure around the eyes.
Dr. Soto will take the time during your initial complimentary blepharoplasty consultation to review your pricing options, especially since most insurance programs don’t pay for cosmetic surgery procedures. However, if sagging eyebrows are impairing vision, there may be a way to involve health care programs to reduce some of the out-of-pocket costs. Be sure to ask Dr. Soto or his office staff about possible payment plans during the consultation, alongside any other questions you may have.