As we age, many tissues in our body become more lax, and we see this on our faces - including the upper and lower eyelids. Often, people notice that they have a tired look, sometimes with dark circles under the eyes, and there's a "heavy" appearance to the upper lids. I would wager that no other facial cosmetic surgery gives you more of a "bang for your buck" than eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, under light general anesthesia, requiring only a few days off work, mainly because of possible bruising. Eyelid surgery can be done alone, but is often combined with a brow lift or forehead lift, facelift and laser treatment to the face. I always like to have a discussion with patients regarding their various options. Usually it isn't just the eyelids that have shown signs of aging, and if you are already taking time off for eyelid surgery, it often makes sense to consider additional options to refresh your look at the same time. We can actually show you a picture of your potential eyelid surgery result (or other facial plastic surgery options you may be considering) with a computer simulation. Most patients find that the computer imaging is invaluable in helping them make a decision about whether or not to have eyelid surgery or other facial cosmetic procedures.
My approach is always customized to the patient's concerns as well as what I see are options from 25 years of experience doing these surgeries. I look forward to helping you decide if eyelid surgery might be just the thing to take a few years off your look and give you a fresher, more alert appearance. Contact us if you'd like to make an appointment to see what eyelid surgery might do for you.
Below is an example of of a Eyelid Surgery before and after photo. If you would like to see more before and after photos, click on "Photo Gallery" on the left.
Written by: Dr. Bruce W. Van Natta