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Eye Lid Surgery… An Eye-Opening Experience

You’ve tried all the makeup hacks to make your “hooded eyes” look more prominent, but they don’t seem to work. 

You continuously hear you look tired, and now you’ve also noticed problems with your vision.

It may be time for eyelid surgery to remove excess skin, lift and tighten the remaining skin, and give you a real eye-opening experience. 

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure among Americans. The latest statistics reported in Dermatology Times named eyelid surgery the fourth most popular procedure with 206,000 operations performed in 2018. 

Exposure to the sun and genetic predisposition can contribute to sagging skin around the eyes, and aging and gravity take their toll on the delicate eyelid area, too. It wrinkles and creases, causing deep lines, puffiness, sagging and drooping.

From a cosmetic standpoint, droopy eyelids can cause you to look older and more tired, but many people get eyelid surgery for health and wellness reasons. The excess skin can impair your vision.

What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery

Depending upon the extent of the surgery, the procedure will take approximately one to two hours. It can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep, or under local anesthesia in which the area is numb, and the patient remains awake.

The surgeon follows the eyelid’s natural lines and creases, making very fine incisions from the inner to the outer edge of the eyelid. On the upper eyelid, the incision is in the fold of the lid. On the lower eyelid, the incision is made directly below the eyelash or, in selected cases, inside the eyelid.

Excess fat and skin will are removed from the underlying compartments. The amount of fat excised is determined by the degree of protrusion of fat when gentle pressure is applied to the area. Small sutures are used to close the incision, and ointments and dressings may be applied. Since the sutures are in the eyelid’s natural creases, the scars are barely noticeable.  

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

If you don’t like the look of your eyelids or you’re having problems with your vision that may be caused by sagging skin on the eyelids, blepharoplasty may be a great next step. As long as you are in good health, a non-smoker, and do not have any serious eye conditions, you should be a good candidate for eyelid surgery.

The best way to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our staff. We’ll evaluate your unique situation and help you decide the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

Please call 615-538-0399 or contact us today, and a member of our helpful staff would be happy to assist you in setting up your consultation.

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Did you know that eyelid surgery isn’t just for cosmetic purposes? While many patients undergo this type of surgery to have double eyelids, there are also those who have functional problems that necessitate the need to undergo eyelid surgery, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD. For eyelid surgery, one example of a functional need for it is to remove loose or sagging skin that may be impairing a patient’s vision.

The Steps for Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Regardless of purpose or intent to undergo eyelid surgery, the procedure is more or less the same. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares that patients must first determine whether they are a candidate for the procedure. In general, the best candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy individuals, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to consult your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine the best course of action for your concerns or goals.

On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will first administer anesthesia, which can either be general anesthesia or through intravenous sedation.

Next, the surgeon will make an incision on the natural creases of the eyelid. Depending on the goal of the surgery, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin, shares Dr. Alton Ingram MD.

After that the surgeon will now close the incision. Because it’s done on the natural creases of the eyelid, the resultant scars will be well-concealed. In general, it takes a week before the sutures can be removed.

Finally, patients are given post-procedure care instructions by their surgeon as they may experience bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

This is a general outline of the steps in an eyelid surgery procedure.

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