As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes naturally begins to droop and sag, which may cause one to appear tired or upset. Sagging upper eyelids can even contribute to problems with your vision. Using a technique known as blepharoplasty, the experienced plastic surgeon at our office in New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Godek, can turn back the hands of time and restore a youthful aesthetic to the area around your eyes.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Many patients have come to the Personal Enhancement Center to enhance the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids. Key benefits of eyelid surgery can often include:
- The removal of excess eyelid skin
- The smoothing of lines and wrinkles on the eyelids
- An improvement of dark circles below the eyes
- A reduction in upper/lower eyelid fat accumulations
- The correction of eyelid drooping
In addition to these enhancements, blepharoplasty can also provide a unique functional benefit for many men and women. When excess skin and tissue is removed from the upper eyelids, some individuals may notice an improved field of peripheral vision that had previously been partially or fully blocked by drooping skin.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Based on the unique needs of the patient, blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. With the upper eyelid technique, Dr. Godek will make a few small incisions strategically placed in the creases of the upper lid. Next, excess fat and loose skin will be removed from the area, and the remaining skin will be smoothed out. For lower blepharoplasty, incisions will be made either on the inside of the eyelid or directly under the lashes, depending on whether or not skin removal is necessary. He will then excise fat and/or skin as well as smooth out lines and wrinkles on the lid until a beautiful contour is achieved. Regardless of the method employed, incisions will be closed via a suture that will stay in place for a few days to allow for proper healing. Our surgeon works diligently to minimize visible scarring – in fact, because of the placement of the incisions, residual scarring from eyelid surgery is typically barely noticeable, if noticeable at all.
The blepharoplasty procedure usually takes one to two hours depending on the complexity of the procedure. During the consultation, you and Dr. Godek will define a surgical plan to determine your cosmetic concerns with your eyelids, in addition to discussing the surgical process and recovery time needed.
After Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
Healing time after blepharoplasty is usually about one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising are common side effects, though they normally dissipate within a week. Again, healing time will depend on the type of surgery performed, whether it involved upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
After the blepharoplasty procedure is completed at our New Jersey office, your eyes should look much younger, fresher, and more alert. If you have had upper eyelid surgery, you may even experience improved vision since any overhanging skin over the eyes will be smoothed out and refreshed.
Contact the Personal Enhancement Center
To schedule a consultation, or for more information about blepharoplasty, contact our New Jersey practice today. The staff at the Personal Enhancement Center looks forward to helping you achieve the look you desire.