Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure that is sought by more than 200,000 people each year. This procedure focuses on the upper or lower eyelids (or both) to reduce signs of aging such as puffiness, dark circles, and drooping. According to research, many men and women who undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery feel much more satisfied with the general appearance of their face, even without correcting other signs of aging such as a soft jawline. When consulting about blepharoplasty, one of the most pressing questions patients have is what it’s like to recover from this surgery. We’re going to discuss that here.
All surgery comes with side effects. The most common include bruising and swelling. Most patients expect this and find that their eyelid rejuvenation does not cause substantial frustration. Swelling and bruising can be managed by sleeping on an extra pillow or two to keep the head elevated. Elevation discourages the accumulation of fluid in the surgical area. Cold compresses can also decrease the severity of swelling and bruising when used for short periods of time during the first two days post-op.
It comes as no surprise to blepharoplasty patients that they will face a bit of discomfort. What is surprising to many people is how mild their discomfort really is. We do not recommend waiting to see how tolerable discomfort is. Patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed for the first several days after surgery. Usually, pain and physical side effects dissipate so much within the first week after surgery that patients can resume most normal activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous workouts will need to wait for another few weeks.
The matter of scarring is discussed during the initial consultation when details of the procedure are covered. Incisions are often made on the inside of the eyelid, which eliminates external scars. The scarring that does occur with internal incisions is so subtle that it is neither seen nor felt. If incisions are made on the eyelid, they are positioned within the natural crease, where they are hidden while tissue heals. Like internal scars, those on the outside of the eyelid should not affect the natural look or feel of the eyes.
Learn more about blepharoplasty and how this procedure can give you the refreshed appearance you desire. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a consultation appointment.
If Fall is here can The Holidays be far behind? Nope.
Those holiday parties and glam events are in the works…and you should look your very best.
It’s time too consider an eye lift!
You can’t change your genetic make-up or do much about the march of Father Time, but coupled with daily sun exposure, they are the cause of droopy lids and aging, under-eye bags.
Men and women alike are turning to eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty) to reduce the signs of aging around their eyes. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes and tightens upper and lower eyelid skin, muscle, and fat for a more youthful, fresh appearance. Most commonly done as a cosmetic procedure, a blepharoplasty may also correct the interference droopy eyelids cause with vision.
Performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, a blepharoplasty is a safe, and easy procedure. Dr. Kimmel takes every precaution for the comfort and safety of his patients.
Small incisions are made in the natural creases of your upper eyelid. Excess skin and fat are removed and the incisions are closed. For the lower lid, incisions are made under the lashes or inside the lower lid. These tiny incisions will be completely invisible once healed.
What happens after surgery?
• Your eyes will be swollen and bruised following surgery. This is normal and will subside.
• You may experience blurry vision and some pain.
• Ice packs can soothe the pain and control inflammation.
• You should be able to return to work within two weeks.
• Easy walking is recommended in the early phase of your recovery.
• Avoid heavy lifting or any exercise that requires you to bend over, such as yoga.
• The results of your procedure should be visible within a month.
If you have puffy bags under your eyes, excess skin which covers the natural fold of your eyelids or loose skin which hangs down from your eyelids and interferes with your vision, call Dr. Kimmel for a consultation. Alert, bright, well-rested eyes are within your reach!
As we age a couple natural developments can really affect the eyes. Our skin loses some of its elasticity and tautness. And fat deposits can form. The combination leads to droopy, aged eyes that can give another person the idea that you are either mad or very tired. And because the eyes are a focal point when looking at a person’s face, droopy eyes with dark circles are the last thing you want. Fortunately, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at Keystone Surgery Center can takes decades off your eyes and make your face look much younger
Why eyelid surgery? The skin around our eyes is the thinnest on the entire body, so when it loses its elasticity fat deposits, saggy areas, and wrinkles all begin to really show themselves. Sometimes, the upper lid can droop far enough to even impact your vision.
In a blepharoplasty procedure, the goal is to return the eyelids to the way they looked before all that sagging took hold. Patients can opt for just upper or lower eyelid surgery, but most choose to have both eyelids improved at the same time.
In the surgery, Dr. Kimmel makes incisions in inconspicuous locations that will not be visible to others. On the upper eyelid, the incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. On the bottom eyelid it is made either in the corner of the eye or on the inside of the lid. Any excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. Also, fat is repositioned, especially on the bottom eyelid. Why is fat not removed? If there is excess fat, some will be removed, but removing too much fat can give the patient a drawn, gaunt look.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Most patients can return to work after about a week, and resume all of their former activities within three to four weeks.
Maybe you should give your eyes some of the attention they deserve. Call us at 570-622-2900 and let’s discuss a blepharoplasty.
The eyes truly are one of the most revealing features of your face. Just as eyes are the first features to convey happiness, excitement and other positive feelings – they are also the first to show age and wear over the years.
Dr. Kimmel often sees patients in his office who would never expect to seek cosmetic surgery until their appearance or even their vision has been compromised by dropping and sagging eyelids.
If you find yourself with excess fat or skin on your upper eyelids or bags and dark circles on your lower eyelids perhaps you should consider an eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty. This surgery may be the perfect solution for creating eyelids that make you appear well rested and fresh.
If your drooping upper eyelids have created problems within your field of vision, your procedure may even qualify for insurance coverage. Don’t continue on with obstructed vision when such a quick and effective surgical treatment exists.
Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a healthier, more confident lifestyle. When your eyes appear bright and alert, people perceive you as being happier, more approachable, and well rested. Contact our office today to learn more about how an eyelid surgery can help you.