Do people tell you or do you feel, that you look tired when you’re actually not? Heavy eyelids, sagging eyelids, or drooping eyelids can make you look much older than your true age. Rejuvenate your eyes with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) — in a Boston aesthetic surgery center that places the utmost importance on quality, safety, and service. Blepharoplasty helps refresh and awaken the eye for a more alert and well-rested appearance that takes years off your appearance.
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is an operation that revives the eyes by removing excess skin and fat around them. Over time the upper eyelid skin can thin and lose elasticity resulting in excess skin that makes the upper eyelids look heavy.
Loss of soft tissue elasticity allows the fat in the upper eyelids to bulge outward contributing to the heaviness of the eyelids. In the lower eyelids fat often bulges giving an appearance of tiredness; this is sometimes seen even in patients in their twenties and thirties. Over time the skin of the lower lid also thins and loses elasticity causing excess, redundant skin, Women and men alike are affected by these changes of the eyelids and can benefit from surgical correction.
Which Eyelid Surgery Is Right for You?
Some patients only need upper eyelid surgery. Others may benefit from lower eyelid surgery. For others, a combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery provides the best result. This depends on the degree of skin sagging that is present in the orbital eye region. In order to determine the best method of treatment, Clareo Centers invites you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Michael Tantillo to discuss the available options that will yield the best surgical outcome for you.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid surgery involves an incision inside the eyelid to remove and reposition the excess fat of the lower lid as well as an incision under the eyelashes to remove excess skin of the lower eyelid and tighten the soft tissue of the eyelid. In just a few weeks, the incisions heal and the patient can enjoy rested, youthful eyes with a more attractive appearance.
Removing puffy lower eyelids has a dramatic rejuvenating effect on the patient’s appearance. Excess eyelid skin removal on the lower lids also helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffy eyes, or hollows under the eyes, which may appear exaggerated when loose skin is present.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty
Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision located within the natural crease of the upper eyelid in order to remove redundant skin and bulging fat. Upper eyelid surgery improves the peripheral vision of patients with severe excess skin.
Anyone who is bothered by the aging effects around the eyes, and is in good overall health, may be a candidate for eyelid surgery.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you have a history of dry eyes prior to surgery. An eyelid lift can be combined with other procedures, most commonly a facelift. Patients often prefer to address the signs of eyelid aging early in their thirties (and occasionally in their twenties) to achieve subtle results rather than wait for dramatic ones when they are older.
Eyelid surgery is a day surgical procedure; you will go home the day of your surgery. The procedure takes between one to two and a half hours. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed using local anesthesia and sedation; lower eyelid surgery is generally done most safely using general anesthesia.
The eyes will have ointment in them and cool compresses over them. Postoperative swelling is normal. Being vigilant with ice packs or cold compresses the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours after surgery will minimize the swelling. The swelling will be largely resolved within two to three weeks after surgery. Bruising can occur after surgery and generally disappears seven to ten days after the surgery; however, patients recover at different rates.
Keeping your head elevated and cool compresses over your eyes for the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours after surgery will minimize the swelling. Staying hydrated by drinking water may also help reduce swelling. Sutures are removed within a week after surgery and the incisions will heal over the next several months. You should avoid strenuous activities for four weeks after the surgery. Most patients avoid the public eye for two weeks after surgery. The staff of Clareo Aesthetics will provide detailed written instructions for post-operative care.
The blepharoplasty results are immediately visible but will improve as healing progresses — most notably, as swelling subsides and the incisions heal. The results are considered permanent as the skin and fat that are removed during the procedure will be trimmed away. Eyelid surgery helps turn back time on aging eyes.
However, while it slows down the aging process by reversing tired eyes, it will not prevent skin aging in the future. Most patients enjoy a dramatically fresher, more rejuvenated appearance for at least five to seven years after the procedure. Imagine looking well-rested and alert for years to come, all without friends, coworkers, and acquaintances commenting on a tired appearance anymore! The immense boost to one’s confidence is among the top reasons patients seek eyelid surgery.
Clareo Centers serve men and women in the Boston region and beyond, including Newton, Needham, Brookline, and more that wish to improve the appearance of eye wrinkles and sagging eyelid skin.
To learn more about blepharoplasty and what it can do for you, please call our friendly reception team at (617) 505-6818 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tantillo today.
An eyelid lift is a procedure to rejuvenate the eyelids. The upper eyelids can be treated, the lower eyelids, or both the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure involves removing excess skin, removing or repositioning fat, and often tightening the muscle of the lower eyelid.
Patients often seek consultation because they feel, or have been told, that they always look tired. Excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can make them look heavy. The lower eyelids often look baggy with excess skin and fat. The Clareo doctor will review the options most appropriate to you during your consultation.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity for three weeks after surgery. Bruising generally lasts seven to ten days, and patients often return to non-strenuous work activities seven to ten days after blepharoplasty.
This depends if you are having the upper, lower, or both upper and lower eyelids done. The range is $2,500 to $5,000.
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