Facial features can vary considerably between different people. One area of the face that is particularly affected by the aging process is the eyelids. The skin on our eyelids is very thin, and as we get older, our naturally decreased production of collagen and elastin can cause it to become even thinner, drier, and loose. In some cases, it can even start to hang over the eye and negatively impact your vision. It’s not just the upper eyelids that are affected either. Excess skin on the lower eyelids caused by loss of elasticity can create wrinkles and bulges that people describe as being ‘bags’ under their eyes.
Fortunately, there is no need to live with the cosmetic, functional, or psychological effects of undesirable eyelids.
Blepharoplasty is the official term used to describe eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift. Blepharoplasty focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids in order to improve the appearance of drooping or hooded eyelids or bags that have formed under the eyes. Both of these can cause us to look older than we really are. However, it’s not just the appearance of the eyelids that causes people to seek blepharoplasty. Some people also choose eyelid surgery because their eyelids are impeding their vision. This can happen if you have particularly droopy upper eyelids that extend down into your field of sight.
The entire procedure is normally carried out using a local anesthetic, although you may be offered sedation to keep you calm and comfortable throughout. The risks associated with the use of sedation and anesthetic will be explained to you and you will be closely monitored. The exact technique that will be used to remove any excess fat and skin will vary depending on which eyelids are being targeted. However, any incisions will be closed using extremely small, neat scarring which should heal fairly easily.
Blepharoplasty is typically recommended for patients who have:
Sagging lower eyelids: it may reveal the lower part of the eyeball or cause permanent bulging/bags beneath the eyes
Upper eyelids that look particularly heavy and hooded, causing the patient to have a perpetually tired expression
Upper eyelids that sag into your line of vision
If you have had eyelid surgery, you should plan to take at least a week off of work, maybe more. During this time, you may be able to work from home, but you will have to limit your other activities and ensure that you get plenty of rest which will enable your body to heal.
Your eye doctor in Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara Eye Care will explain how you can best care for your eyelids, which will include changing any dressings, keeping them clean, minimizing the risk of infection, and taking medications to keep your eyes as comfortable as possible. It’s essential that you follow all instructions issued and speak to your eye doctor if you have any questions or concerns at any point during your recovery.
Blepharoplasty is extremely successful, and the effects can last for a long time. Typically a blepharoplasty procedure that is carried out on the upper eyelids could produce results that last at least 5-7 years before gravity and aging mean that further surgery is required. Lower eyelid surgery rarely requires repeating, meaning that you can sustain your results indefinitely.
If you would like to find out more about eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara or to schedule an appointment to discuss your candidacy for this life-changing treatment, please get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable team today by calling (805) 883-3898.