Are puffy, drooping eyelids making you look older than you really are? Are you looking for a solution that can refresh your appearance? Blepharoplasty is a relatively straightforward treatment that removes excess skin from the eyelids and gives you brighter, more youthful eyes. Patients at Keller Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, love the long-lasting results they get with this treatment, which is also referred to as eyelid surgery.
How Long Does a Blepharoplasty Last?
What Is Blepharoplasty?
How Can I Figure Out Which of My Eyelids Should Be Treated?
What Causes Eyelid Puffiness and Drooping?
Eyelids can puff and sag as we age and our skin begins to lose elasticity. Some patients are also predisposed to eyelids that sag and have had them for many years. Patients can take certain steps on their own to keep the skin in their eye area healthy, including drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking, but it’s almost impossible to completely ward off eyelid aging.
What Happens During Treatment?
This treatment calls for tiny incisions in the fold behind the eye. If the lower lids are being treated, the incision is made just beneath the lower lashes. The incisions allow us to remove just enough fat and tissue to eliminate puffiness and tighten the skin. Eyelid surgery is performed with anesthesia or sedation and usually takes less than two hours to perform. This is an outpatient treatment.
Is It Painful?
It’s normal to be concerned about pain because the skin in the eye area is thin and sensitive. But eyelid surgery is among the least uncomfortable cosmetic treatments available. The tiny incisions we make won’t go much deeper than the surface of your skin. Your eyelids may feel a little tight and itchy, but you don’t have to worry about pain with this treatment.
What Is Recovery Like?
How Soon Will I See Results?
You’ll notice some improvement in your eyelids immediately after your surgery. But because it can take some time for the tissues to settle after this treatment, most patients see their final results in four to six weeks.
Will I Have Scars?
Because the incisions will be very small and tucked into the natural contours of your eye area, any scars will not be visible to the naked eye.
Why Should I Consider This Treatment?
It’ll Give You More Attractive Eyes
Although subtle, the improvement in your eye area will be noticeable. You’ll appear more alert, more rested, and more youthful. The skin in the eye area will be tighter and firmer. And because light will be more easily able to reach the eyes, your eyes will appear brighter. This treatment is a wonderful way of restoring your eyes to their natural shape and rejuvenating your appearance.
It’ll Help You See
In addition to the cosmetic benefit, some patients seek this treatment out because it can help them see better. If your eyelids are drooping to the point that your line of sight is impeded, this treatment can help. Even patients who undergo eyelid surgery for aesthetic purposes are sometimes pleasantly surprised by how much better they can see afterward.
It’ll Improve Your Non-Verbal Communication
Do friends and family sometimes think you’re tired or sad when you’re really not? The puffiness that has developed around your eyes may be sending the wrong signal about how you’re really feeling. Eyelid surgery can help with that and can ensure that you’re sending the correct non-verbal signals.
It’ll Help You Look Younger
If you’ve been struggling to see from beneath puffy eyelids, you’ve probably also been squinting and furrowing your brow a lot more than you realize. Continually making those expressions can take its toll on your face, leading to creases across the forehead and other fine lines. Once you’ve had this surgery, you’ll find yourself squinting a lot less.
It Offers You a Custom Treatment
Everyone has a slightly different set of eyes and a different facial structure. When we develop a plan for eyelid surgery, we design it specifically for the patient we are working with. This treatment will maintain the natural contours of your eyes and help them regain the shape and appearance they had years ago.
It’ll Give You Natural Results
You don’t have to worry about looking plastic or like you’ve been operated on after this surgery. The improvement in your eyelids will be subtle and natural. You’ll simply look as though you’ve been getting plenty of rest and are feeling great.
It’ll Give You Greater Self Confidence
Every time you look in the mirror, you see your eyes. It’s discouraging if you’re not happy with what you see. This treatment smooths away bothersome signs of aging in the eyelid area and helps you feel good about your appearance.
What Are the Signs of a Good Candidate?
You’re in Good General Health
The best patients are in good overall health. And because smoking can take a toll on the skin, they are non-smokers.
You’re Bothered by Your Eyelids
It’s not uncommon for eyelids to sag and become puffy, and some patients don’t find these changes to be problematic. But if you’re bothered by your eyelids, either cosmetically or because you can’t see well, you may be a good candidate for this surgery.
You Have Realistic Goals
Eyelid surgery can noticeably rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-confidence, but it won’t change your overall facial structure. It helps if patients have reasonable cosmetic goals and a realistic understanding of what treatment can accomplish.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Right Age To Undergo Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery patients are often over the age of 35, but some patients choose to undergo this treatment at a younger age, particularly if they are predisposed to droopiness and sagging. The right age for this treatment is whenever you are bothered by your eyelids enough that you’re ready to take action to improve them.
Will My Insurance Cover This?
Because this treatment is most often performed for cosmetic purposes, insurance usually does not cover it. If you are having eyelid surgery performed for medical reasons, such as to remedy vision problems, your policy may cover a portion of treatment. It’s best to call your insurer directly before treatment to verify what they will cover.
How Much Does an Eyelid Lift Cost?
Blepharoplasty usually costs several thousand dollars, including costs for anesthesia and prescriptions you may need. Eyelid surgeries that don’t involve all four lids and that don’t involve the removal of any fat tend to be less expensive.
Is This Treatment Similar To a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is another cosmetic treatment that works to de-age the face, but a brow lift focuses instead on the uppermost part of the face, or the eyebrows and above. The creases that run across the forehead, the lines that appear between the eyebrows, and other upper-face wrinkles can all be addressed by a brow lift. A brow lift can also be used to lift brows that have begun to sag.
Can Eyelid Surgery Help With Crow’s Feet?
No. Blepharoplasty won’t help with crow’s feet, the fine lines that develop on the outer corners of the eyes.
Will It Help With Dark Under-Eye Circles?
Eyelid surgery can help with dark circles beneath the eyes if they are being caused by skin folds or fat that has accumulated beneath the eyes. If the dark circles are being caused by hyperpigmentation, other treatments may be more effective than eyelid surgery.
Is Blepharoplasty Suitable for Both Men and Women?
Yes, both men and women routinely seek out this surgery. We have successfully performed it on both genders.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery and finding out if you’re a good candidate, the first step is to schedule an initial consultation with our practice. During this appointment, we’ll evaluate your eye area, review your medical history, and talk with you about your goals and concerns. We’ll work with you to determine if eyelid surgery is the best way of achieving your goals.
Will I Still Be Able To Close My Eyes?
Yes. Although the skin on your eyelids will be tighter after treatment, you will have no difficulty closing your eyes. Your eyelids will function as normally as they did before surgery.
Brighter Eyes Are Waiting
If eye creams and serums haven’t given you the lift you were hoping for, it may be time to try eyelid surgery. This simple treatment can lift sagging eyelids, reduce bags, and give you a more youthful, rested appearance. What are you waiting for? Call Keller Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, and schedule your blepharoplasty consultation today!