WHAT IS EYELID SURGERY ?
Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelift or eyelid lift, eyelid surgery is a procedure that improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, making you look more rested, happier and rejuvenated.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the US for both men and women based on statistics form American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
HOW MANY TYPES OF EYELID SURGERY EXIST?
After you read this section that covers general information about all four eyelids then you may click the links to your left for additional information on the different techniques used for the Upper lids, Laser eyelid surgery, transconjuctival eyelift (for the lower lids), Asian eyelid surgery, ethnic eyelid surgery, eyelid surgery for men and correction of blepharoplasty complications. If you still have questions please get in touch with our office for a personalized evaluation of your eyelids.
You may also want to visit the Before and After Gallery to see photos of eyelid surgery.
WHY IS EYELID SURGERY SO POPULAR?
They say that "the eyes are the windows of our soul". If you think of this more carefully it is not the eyes only but the eyelids mostly that contribute to the emotional expression of our eyes so they can look happy, sad or angry. Ethnic characteristics of the eyes are defined by the shape and position of the eyelids!
Studies have concluded that when we meet someone the first thing we do is to look at their eyelids and brows as the initial visual contact. Then we look at their eyes and finally we scan the rest of the face!
Eyelid surgery may not only improve appearance and make a face look younger, rejuvenated. It may also boost someones confidence and well being.
AM I CANDIDATE FOR EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY) ?
Do you feel or people tell you that your eyes look tired or feel heavy all the time? Do you have dark circles, and bags under your eyes? If you answer yes to any of these questions then you are a candidate for eyelid surgery. Dr. Glavas will help you set up goals and realistic expectations for your eyelids and face.
More specifically eyelid surgery in indicated for :
• Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
• Excess fatty deposits that appear as dark circles or puffiness in the lower eyelids
• Bags under the eyes
• Droopiness or laxity of the lower eyelids, showing white below the eye
• Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Eyelid surgery has some limitations. It will NOT improve the appearance of droopy and heavy brows nor the deep groove of the lower lids (tear trough deformity) caused by midface descent. These may be addressed with additional procedures that can be performed at the same time with your eyelid surgery.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE?
Dr Glavas has offers more than one technique for eyelid surgery. Preparation for the surgery is as important as the surgery itself. Dr. Glavas reviews your past medical history and makes recommendations so you may be best prepared for your eyelid procedure.
Dr. Glavas will use a combination of technologies and methods to give you the most natural and rejuvenating result with the least downtime. Use of technologies such as laser for incisions and smoothing of the eyelid wrinkles, or radio-frequency to minimize bleeding and reduce recovery time. Special postoperative measures and use of products are recommended to enhance the result and speed recovery.
CAN I HAVE OTHER PROCEDURES AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes ! It is not unusual for patients that have eyelid surgery to take advantage of the recovery period and have other cosmetic procedures at the same time that otherwise would never decide to do.
For example someone may have a laser resurfacing procedure to repair the skin of the face from sun damage, large pores, or fine wrinkles and spider veins.
Another common procedure combined with eyelid surgery is midface lift (also known as SOOF lift) to suspend and improve the appearance of the cheekbones and the midface. If you are going to have cheek implants there is not better time than a lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Glavas can use the same incisions to insert the facial implants avoiding unnecessary trauma
It is not uncommon to combine eyelid surgery with brow lift either endoscopic or through the same eyelid incisions to rejuvenate heavy and droopy eyebrows.
Finally some will have a total facial rejuvenation combining an eyelid surgery with a face or neck lift and lip augmentation.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL ?
After eyelid surgery you may experience some discomfort. Postoperative pain is NOT a characteristic of eyelid surgery. The most common immediate postoperative symptoms are swelling of the eyelids and some bruising of the skin. These symptoms are worst the day after surgery. Some people will notice a burning sensation of the eyes that can easily be alleviated using cold compresses.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME (DOWNTIME) ?
Depending on the technique used for your procedure and you individual characteristics of healing the recovery may range between 4 days to 2 weeks. Following the recommended postoperative care and use of products available from our office is important to reduce the recovery downtime.
The eyes are not patched after surgery and your vision is unaffected. The average recovery time is about one week for the swelling and bruising to resolve. Many of Dr. Glavas' patients are able to continue their daily activities the day after the procedure. Strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights are not recommended for the immediate postoperative period. Dr. Glavas can make your decision easier by going over with you the list of activities you may resume the day after surgery.
WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK ?
You may go back to work in a couple of days after your eyelid surgery. Your vision is unaffected and you may wear glasses (regular or sunglasses) immediately after your procedure. If your work involves face to face interaction with clients then you may want to resume work after the swelling subsides (few days). Dr. Glavas will advise you when you may start using foundation (make-up) over bruised areas.
FINANCING YOUR PROCEDURE
Eyelid surgery is an excellent investment in an individual's well being. Because of this, we believe financial considerations should not be an obstacle to your procedure. At the office we accept all methods of payment as well as financing by CareCredit. Please see the financing section of our website or click below to get an instant reply.
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