Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Charlotte, NC
As we age, collagen in the skin starts to break down, which contributes to natural creases and sagging skin. The delicate skin around the eyes is where the first signs of aging usually appear. An eyelid lift can help you achieve a youthful and more refreshed appearance.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, may be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure targets droopy eyelids and aims to provide more natural-looking, youthful contours around the eyes while removing excess skin.
Some people want more drastic results and will pair this procedure with a brow lift. During a brow lift, your surgeon will focus on the upper third of the face and improve the appearance of forehead lines, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin.
There is little to no discomfort involved in this procedure. The results are long-lasting and produce brighter, more alert-looking eyes. Patients who have suffered from altered vision due to sagging skin blocking their line of sight may now see better.
Indications That Blepharoplasty Is Right for You
If you experience any of these conditions, eyelid surgery performed by our highly skilled cosmetic surgery team may greatly benefit your life. You may want to consider a blepharoplasty if you have:
- Drooping upper eyelid skin; this may create disproportionate contours around the eyes and impair vision
- Puffiness in the eyelids caused by fat deposits
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopy lower eyelids that may reveal the white part of the eye below the iris
- Fine wrinkles and excess skin on the lower eyelids
Good candidates for blepharoplasty include those who do not have a suppressed immune system or difficulty healing from injuries. Nonsmokers typically have smoother procedures and faster recoveries. If you have a serious eye condition, you may not be suitable for eyelid surgery. We will evaluate your goals and treatment options during the consultation visit to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you.
Purpose of Eyelid Surgery
An eyelid lift achieves several esthetic goals around the eye area:
- Removes excess skin
- Tightens surrounding tissues
- Lifts heavy and drooping eyelids
- Removes fat bulges
- Restores a bright-eyed appearance
When you come to Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Mohamed will listen to your goals and design a treatment plan to meet them. If an eyelid lift is recommended, you and your surgeon will determine the details of your cosmetic procedure, including your options for anesthesia.
Our office will provide you with a cost estimate for your treatment upfront. The cost of treatment is configured based on a number of factors, including the overall complexity of your procedure, if your insurance covers treatment, and your choice of anesthesia.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Mohamed is qualified to safely administer all types of anesthesia. During your consultation appointment, we will determine the right method for you. Most patients undergo general anesthesia or IV sedation for this procedure, sometimes paired with local anesthesia for maximum comfort.
During surgery, your doctor will make incisions around the eyelid that are strategically placed to result in minimal scarring. During upper eyelid surgery, fat deposits are removed along the upper lids, muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed.
Your surgeon will remove excess skin around the lower eyelid via an incision just below the lash line. Excess fat can be redistributed to produce a more balanced contour around the eyes.
Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin glue. You will rest until the anesthesia wears off, then be driven home by your prearranged driver. Be sure to follow the instructions that we provide you closely and carefully for optimum results.
Recovery After Blepharoplasty Surgery
Some bruising and swelling is normal. You can manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. Use ice packs as necessary to keep swelling down. After the first week, you will return for a follow-up visit. We will remove your sutures if we placed them during surgery and assess your healing. Most people are able to resume normal activities following this appointment.
You will see the results of your eyelid surgery once swelling and bruising has subsided, usually within 1 or 2 weeks. The total duration of the recovery process may last several months.
Avoid disturbing your incision sites and be careful not to be abrasive with them when applying makeup or washing your face. Use dark tinted sunglasses to protect your surgical sites from sun damage as you heal.
Eyelid surgery will not stop the aging process altogether. It's important to maintain proper sun protection throughout your lifetime, and especially after cosmetic surgery. Do this by wearing sunscreen during times of prolonged sun exposure and wearing sunglasses when appropriate.
Follow the post-operative instructions provided by our office closely to ensure a smooth recovery with no complications. If you have questions at any point throughout your recovery, please give us a call.