Blepharoplasty – Reduce Under-eye Dark Circles & Bags
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Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures, such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
What Can Blepharoplasty
Do for Me?
First impressions last a lifetime, if your eyes are aging prematurely and you’re worried your eyes are not helping you make those strong, confident first impressions, blepharoplasty may be right for you. Commonly referred to as an “eye tuck” or “eyelid lift”, blepharoplasty can be used to correct excess skin surrounding the eyes. Regardless of age or gender, youthful, healthy looking skin around the eyes can do a lot for your self esteem. Even if you’re blessed with perfect sight, discolored, fatty bags under the eyes, or droopy eyes can do serious damage to your self image, and self esteem. Because our eyes do much more than just see, they are seen. Our eyes play a very large role in the kinds of first impressions we make.
Are You A Candidate?
Blepharoplasty elective eyelid rejuvenation surgery is perfect for individuals who are otherwise healthy, but dissatisfied with their facial aesthetic. Blepharoplasty can improve or eliminate multiple cosmetic issues such as dark circles under the eyes, a build up of fatty tissues under the eyes (or ‘bags’), fatty build up in the upper lids/lack of elasticity creating ‘droopy’ eyelids, as well as reducing/eliminating puffiness and ‘a fatigued’ appearance. Heavy eye bags and drooping eye lids are not necessarily the result of advancing age, and though blepharoplasty is most commonly performed on individuals over forty, the procedure is perfectly safe (and equally effective) when performed on younger patients.
During eyelid rejuvenation surgery incisions are carefully made along the natural lines of the upper and lower eyelid, using these natural lines Dr. Craft will expertly camouflage any evidence of surgery within the natural contours of your eyelids. Blepharoplasty is extremely personalized, each surgery is specifically designed to address the problems with skin laxity and fat pockets.
The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser CO2 or erbium technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid texture. Blepharoplasty may be used in conjunction with other elective, cosmetic procedures, eg. Botox, to produce more dramatic results than could be achieved after undergoing a single procedure. Your unique aesthetic goals will be reviewed, prior to committing to blepharoplasty, during your personal consultation with Dr. Craft, in order to design the best procedure, or procedures, to help you achieve your desired results. Heralded as one of the most popular elective eyelid enhancement surgeries available, blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia combined with other enhancement procedures.
The surgery generally takes about two hours and is performed in the physician’s office or an outpatient surgical facility.
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Following any surgical procedure, which requires the administration of general anesthesia, driving is prohibited for a minimum of twenty-four hours, you will therefore be asked to arrange reliable, third party transportation home. Blepharoplasty is considered a “same-day surgery”, which means there will be no reason to remain in the surgical center suite overnight. The entire procedure should be completed within two hours. You will be admitted as an “out patient”, and released into the care of whomever you arranged to pick you up. Blepharoplasty boasts an uncommonly brief period of convalescence, and very little post surgical pain. Some previous patients reported mild swelling and/or bruising around the eyes, for roughly two days following surgery which can be effectively treated by simply applying a cold compress to the area. Barring any unforeseen complications, Blepharoplasty recipients, on average, are able to resume normal activities between seven to ten days following surgery.
Patients sometimes report minor discomfort associated with surgery, which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, you can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery.