The skin around our eyes is one of the biggest indicators of ageing. This is because as we age, our eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. This can cause the skin across the entire eye area to droop, sag and gather and even create bags under our eyes. In some extreme cases, the skin on and above the eyelids can droop so much that it can impair the peripheral vision of the patient. Blepharoplasty – otherwise known as eyelid surgery – can provide the solution to these problems and give your eyes a more youthful appearance.
Am I a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty?
In order to assess your candidacy for any cosmetic surgery procedure, including blepharoplasty, it will be necessary for you to attend a comprehensive consultation with Dr. LaBruna. During this appointment, you will be asked about your medical history, as well as having the opportunity to discuss your goals for the procedure.
Most patients who opt for blepharoplasty have exhibited problems such as:
- Baggy or dropping upper eyelids.
- Bags under their eyes.
- Drooping lower eyelids, which may cause white to show below the iris (the colored part of the eye).
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids.
- Excess skin on the upper eyelids that impacts on peripheral vision.
The blepharoplasty procedure
Any blepharoplasty procedure is performed under anesthesia, and often with some sedation, allowing you to feel completely comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.
Surgery that is performed on the upper eyelids generally involves making an incision along the crease of the eyelid in the natural fold. Excess fat, muscle or skin can then be removed and the incision closed with sutures. One of the benefits of this type of surgery is that the scar is hidden in the natural fold of the eyelid, making it virtually imperceptible.
Surgery that is performed on the lower eyelids requires an incision to be made just below the lower lashes or on the inside of the lower eyelid. This will allow Dr. LaBruna to remove the fat creating the bags below the eyes and any excess skin, before closing the incision with sutures.
After your surgery you can expect Dr, LaBruna to apply thin, sticky strips to support the eyelids, which are usually worn for 5-7 days after your procedure.
Recovery after blepharoplasty
It is normally advisable to take off from work for around a week after your blepharoplasty procedure. This will allow you the necessary time to recover, although the appearance of your eyes may not return completely to normal for several weeks. Bruising, swelling, redness and some discomfort are all to be expected in the days after your surgery, and over the counter pain relief and anti-inflammatories will help to alleviate some of your symptom.
Dr. LaBruna will provide you with specific instructions with regards to your care in the days following your procedure, and these should be followed exactly to give you the best recovery and results from your blepharoplasty.
Dr. LaBruna has been named as one of America’s top doctors and has more than 14 years’ experience in providing some of the highest quality cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in the New York City area. With the knowledge and skill to perform exceptional transformations, why trust anyone else with your blepharoplasty procedure? To find out more about the procedure, or to book your initial consultation, simply call (212) 584-7001.