Laxity in the skin around the eyes is a common part of the natural aging process, but loose skin in the eyelids can lead to aesthetic dissatisfaction as well as functional impairment. When the eyelids sag far enough to interfere with the field of vision, they become a safety concern. Sometimes, laser skin resurfacing can be beneficial for mild signs of aging, but to correct substantial sagging around the eyes, blepharoplasty is a superior choice. Blepharoplasty reverses signs of aging in the eyelids, which ultimately brightens the entire face.
Patients seeking blepharoplasty to restore youthfulness to their eyes must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the surgery. Those with compound issues around the eyes may benefit from blepharoplasty in combination with other facial procedures; for example, someone with drooping eyelids and sagging brows may need to combine blepharoplasty with a brow lift for optimal results. Dr. Calabria will evaluate the condition of your eyelids during your personal consultation. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty can relate to any of the following eyelid imperfections:
- Excess upper eyelid skin that hangs over the natural crease and may obstruct vision
- Unwanted fat in the upper and lower eyelids that causes puffiness
- Fine lines in the lower eyelids
- Under-eye bags
During upper blepharoplasty, an incision is created along the crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin and fat. To correct aging in the lower eyelids, Dr. Calabria performs a combination procedure called a double pexy blepharoplasty. This technique involves excision of excess skin in the lower eyelid without fat removal; instead, the fat is repositioned, which eliminates the need for dermal fillers to plump the lower eyelid. This technique provides more support than a standard procedure, therefore minimizing potential complications.
Significant improvements in the shape of the eyes are easily noticeable after blepharoplasty. Dr. Calabria’s eyelid surgery technique is different than the traditional blepharoplasty. The skin excision and fat removal are minimal, and the ocular muscle is not violated. The anatomy of the eyelid area is not compromised, delivering a stunning yet conservative result. Dr. Calabria’s philosophy is to keep the eyes looking as natural as possible.
Recovery is different for everyone, but patients who undergo blepharoplasty will need to rest and use cold compresses for a few days after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for about two weeks to allow yourself to heal properly. Dr. Calabria will provide you with detailed post-op instructions for incision aftercare and what types of medication you can take to alleviate mild discomfort.
Any bruising or swelling should subside considerably after two to three weeks. It is recommended to wear dark sunglasses and sunscreen to protect the eyes from sun damage and accelerated aging. Because the incisions are strategically placed in the natural creases of the eyelids and lash lines, there is minimal visible scarring. Dr. Calabria’s blepharoplasty techniques are conservative and will make you appear younger without altering your natural characteristics.
To learn more about blepharoplasty and other blepharoplasty techniques performed by Dr. Calabria, please call (760) 836-0077 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
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