Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
About Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that is designed to resolve droopy eyelids, primarily through the excision and remove excess skin, fat, and muscle. Eyes sag as we age, stretching due to weakening support muscles and fat that can gather above and below them. For many people, the lower eyelid is especially prone to showing these signs of aging, but a lower eyelid procedure can be combined with an upper lid surgery, too.
During the procedure, we will make an incision in the eyelid’s natural crease or within the lower lid itself. From there, we will remove excess sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle. From there, we close the cut.
Benefits of Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty and What to Expect
Blepharoplasty is an effective and efficient solution to many of the signs of aging impacting the eyes. It can help with baggy or droopy eyelids, excess skin, and bags under your eyes. As such, it can help your eyes appear younger, more expressive, and more alert. When combined with an upper lid blepharoplasty, it can even yield some minor improvements to your eyesight by getting rid of excess skin that might otherwise interfere with your vision.
The impact of the results and the longevity of them can depend. It can take from 10 to 14 days for the final results to become apparent. The results of the procedure will last a lifetime for some patients, but others may find that droopy eyelids recur, which may warrant a follow-up treatment. However, many patients are very happy with the results and feel a boost in self-confidence due to a younger, more energetic appearance. Due to the fact that we place the incision in the folds or inside of the eyelid, scars fade and become minimally visible.
Potential Candidates for Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
The single best way to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery is to schedule a consultation appointment with Shonan Beauty. This way, we can help you better gauge what to expect. If your eyelids are starting to sag or have any fatty deposits that we can find, then you are likely to be a good candidate for the procedure. It’s recommended, as with any cosmetic procedure, that you are in good health and not a smoker. If you do smoke, we may ask you to quit for weeks or months before the procedure. Otherwise, it’s important that we know of any pre-existing medical conditions and what medication you may take, as some may make surgical solutions potentially risky.
Pain Management Methods
To manage pain during the procedure, we will use general or local anesthesia. As a result, you will either be asleep and completely unaware of the procedure itself or you may be awake, but with your area number to a degree that you don’t feel what we’re doing at all. For just lower eyelid blepharoplasty, local anesthesia is often enough to minimize pain while still testing movements of the eye muscle to ensure the process is going smoothly. For multiple eyelid procedures, however, we may recommend general anesthesia. Following the procedure, swelling and bruising can cause some discomfort, but an icepack should be enough to take care of this.
Downtime After the Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
As mentioned, some mild swelling and possible bruising is likely after the surgery. This will worsen for around 2-3 days after the surgery, but should recover after this. The discomfort is not usually enough to warrant the use of pain medication. However, it is necessary to ice your eyes and to apply a provided antibiotic ointment on the incision line to ensure a full recovery. We will remove the stitches from the eye within a week of the procedure. It should take around two weeks for you to complete recover, but we recommend that you avoid exposing your eyes to sunlight and exercising or partaking in any strenuous activity during this time. The appearance of your eyes will continue to improve in the following months, as the initially pink scars fade and become mostly invisible.
Three Most Commonly Asked Questions
Are the results of eyelid surgery permanent?: It may take a few months for the eyelids to fully complete their rejuvenation after the surgery, during which time their appearance should continually improve. Most patients will experience that their eyelids will look great for several years. There are some who find that some excess fat or sagging may return, but this is rarely to the degree of your eyes before the procedure. The majority of patients will not have to repeat a lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Are there risks associated with the procedure?: Eyelid surgery is amongst the safest cosmetic procedures available and working with a good surgeon and ensuring you follow their instructions is the best way to ensure a full, safe recovery. Complications are very rare and, when they do occur, tend to be minor. However, all procedures carry some form of risk and you may experience changes in sensation, scarring, infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and more. We will carry out a complete consultation before the procedure to ensure that your risks are as minimal as possible.
Does a lower eyelid blepharoplasty look natural?: Immediately following the surgery, you will experience some swelling, perhaps some bruising, and will have a light pink scar where the incision was made. Following your recovery, however, an eyelid restoration can look entirely natural. It doesn’t involve injecting or putting anything extra in your face. Rather, it will make you look more rested and aware, and people may comment that you look younger or more energetic but might not be able to pinpoint why that is.
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a quick, safe way to remove excess fat, stretching skin, and to reduce the appearance of puffy eyebags and dark circles. To ensure the best possible results, arrange your consultation with Shonan Beauty at Thousand Oaks or Irvine. The results can differ from person to person, so we will do what we can to make sure you know what to expect.
SBC Medical Group
The physicians and staff at SBC Medical Group are committed to helping you understand lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Contact us with any inquiries or to schedule your consultation.