Refresh, rejuvenate and revive the facial expression with strategic eyelid surgery. As people age, some of the earliest changes are in the eyelids. The skin of the upper and lower eyelids stretches out. Fatty tissue that surrounds and supports the eye also may begin to bulge, creating a puffy, tired or angry appearance.
Surgical repair of this condition is called blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty can make a person appear more rested and youthful.
Typically there are two deformities to consider: excess skin and excess fat in the upper and/or lower eyelids. Depending on the desired outcome, Dr. Daniel and Dr. Weisberg will develop the optimal surgical solution for you.
Advantages of a Blepharoplasty:
- Treatment of fat deposits, puffiness and sagging around the eyes
- Restoration of vision
- Improved facial expression
- Preservation of facial spontaneity
- A boost in self-confidence and self-image
- Complements a facelift or fat transfer procedure
- Long-lasting results
- Inconspicuous scarring
A good candidate for an eyelid lift at our Portland, Maine Surgery Center:
- Is in good health, mentally and physically
- Has no major medical issues or eye diseases
- Is a non-smoker, or is willing to quit
- Seeks improvement rather than perfection
- Are roughly between 35 and 70 years old
- Is experiencing sagging, puffiness, fat and wrinkling around the eyes
- Has not been able to obtain results in appearance using diet and exercise
During blepharoplasty, the excess skin and muscle and any protruding fat are removed. The resulting scar on the upper eyelid usually is hidden in the crease formed when the eyelid opens. The extension of the scar to the side usually is hidden in any “crow’s feet.”
Two approaches can be used on the lower lid. One approach involves making the incision just under the lower lashes and the scar usually is inconspicuous.
Another common approach is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incisions are made from the inside of the lower lid avoiding an external incision, minimizing problems with lid position and eye shape.
Postoperatively, there will be bruising and swelling of the eyelids. If both upper and lower lids are operated on at the same time, it may be difficult to see for two or three days until some of the swelling dissipates.
Permanent alterations in visual acuity are extremely rare. Some patients may have difficulty closing their eyes completely or may notice changes in their lower lid position, but these problems are most often temporary.
Sutures will be removed within three to five days after surgery, and you may shower then. You may resume light exercise one week after surgery and more strenuous exercise two weeks after the operation. Most bruising will disappear within 10 to 14 days postoperatively.
If you think blepharoplasty might be the right procedure for your aesthetic goals, please contact our Portland, Maine offices today to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Weisberg and Dr. Daniel. Our outstanding and caring staff is waiting to answer your request.
During your first visit, the surgeons will examine your eyes and face, review your medical records, and begin to formulate a unique treatment plan that addresses your most prominent, age-related flaws. They will answer questions on the topics of costs, financing and insurance; risks and complications; recovery and downtime; results; and much more.