Sagging eyelids and bulging fat pads can add years to your appearance and even affect your vision, but in most cases, a minor eyelid surgery procedure called blepharoplasty can correct the problem. Gary Donath, MD, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in Pismo Beach, California, is an experienced plastic surgeon who performs blepharoplasty procedures for patients living in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. Find out more about eyelid surgery and how it can restore a more youthful appearance by calling the office today, or book an appointment online.
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a complex word for a minor cosmetic eyelid surgery designed to lift and tighten the upper and/or lower eyelid and improve the appearance of the eyes and face.
Eyelid surgery is a great option for patients who want to eliminate excess, baggy skin in the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can be done for purely cosmetic reasons or because the drooping upper eyelids are impairing your vision. Oftentimes, fat pads that have become more prominent can be removed or sculpted to provide a smooth transition from the lower lid to the adjacent cheek.
However, there are a couple of situations in which blepharoplasty will not produce improvement. If the brow has dropped or descended, this requires a brow lift rather than eyelid surgery. And in cases where puffiness around the eyes is the result of allergies, surgery isn’t an effective solution.
Only an experienced plastic surgeon can determine the best treatment plan for you. Dr. Donath is happy to evaluate each patient on an individual basis to make a recommendation.
Excess skin is removed through a very small incision, which is meticulously sutured following the procedure. During upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Donath makes an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid, while the lower lid surgery incision is made just below the lashes.
Some patients need only upper or lower lid surgery, while others require both. On average, each procedure takes about an hour to complete – that is, an hour to correct and refine the upper lid and an additional hour for the lower.
The amount of time off you’ll need depends on the kind of work you do. Patients who work in more sedentary roles, such as in an office setting, can usually return just a week after surgery.
Patients with more physical jobs may need additional time off to recover fully. Talk with Dr. Donath to find out how blepharoplasty might impact your work schedule.
Once the procedure is finished and you’ve completed a period of observation and recovery, you’ll be discharged to go home. Over the next few hours, most patients report minimal pain and discomfort, while bruising and swelling appear over the next couple of days.
A follow-up appointment is required to remove sutures, which is generally painless. Bruising diminishes over the first week, and almost all swelling is gone just a couple of weeks after the procedure.
To learn more about eyelid surgery at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery, call the office or go online today to book an appointment.