Excess hooded skin of the upper eyelids and puffy bags of the lower eyelids are usually the first and most dramatic signs of aging of the face. As we age our skin becomes loose and begins to sag. This becomes quite noticeable around the eyes since the eyelids have the thinnest skin on your body. Fatty tissue under this thin skin begins to protrude under the skin, causing “bags” under the eyes. This creates a tired, aged look despite the fact that many patients are not tired and are actually young in age. Exposure to the sun also leads to a loss of elasticity in the skin around the eyes and can cause more sagging or wrinkling.
- Patients with excess, hanging skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
- Patients with loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes.
- Patients with a puffy appearance to the upper & lower eyelids, making the eyes look tired and aged.
- Upper Eyelids: The upper eyelid blepharoplasty corrects both the looseness of the skin of the eyelids and the puffiness of the lids produced by projections of fatty tissues beneath the eyelid muscle. Upper eyelid surgery removes the extra, hanging thin eyelid skin, giving the upper lid a more youthful and energetic look. The incision is carefully placed in the natural eyelid fold, is well camouflaged and almost imperceptible once healed.
- Lower Eyelids: Lower eyelid blepharoplasty removes “bags” and puffiness that are present in the lower eyelid area. Most often, Dr. Guida often treats the lower lid bags with a procedure called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. With this procedure, the excess fat is removed through the inner eyelid (which is not seen) avoiding the need for an incision in the external skin. The results are very positive and quite significant. With no visible scarring, there is little risk of changing the shape of the lower eyelid, and a very quick recovery period, often only a few days.
Most patients after blepharoplasty surgery ease back to their normal routine within less than a week after surgery. Most bruising is gone in less than one week, though camouflage makeup can be used to hide any lingering discoloration. Upper eyelid sutures are removed by Dr. Guida within 3 – 5 days after surgery. Most often, there are no sutures to be removed for the lower eyelids. At this time you will be able to resume most of your normal activities. You may begin to lightly exercise three to four weeks after surgery.
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