The eyes are our most intriguing and revealing facial feature – they draw attention and convey expression. Through them, we not only see others but others see us as well. Our interest and how we feel physically or emotionally is reflected in our eyes. Unfortunately, heredity factors and the signs of aging can greatly impact the appearance of our eyes, so that what they reflect is not really how we feel. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can help.
If you are bothered by upper eyelids with excess, drooping skin that makes you appear sad or angry, or by eyes that look tired due to puffiness or bags, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. In general, eyelid surgery corrects the excess skin, tissue, and fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in both the upper and lower eyelids, revealing a more youthful and energetic appearance. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. These conditions typically appear as part of the natural aging process, or due to heredity. Where they are the result of heredity, individuals as young as their 20s and 30s may achieve a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes through eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin, eliminates bags and restores firmness to the area surrounding the eye, making you look more rested and alert.
Where do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Sena is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding region. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about eyelid surgery in a non-pressured environment and will include:
• A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
• The options available for eyelid surgery
• The likely outcomes of surgery and the potential complications
• The prescribed course of treatment recommended by Dr. Sena
Dr. Sena will also answer your questions.
What to Expect from Your Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery may be performed in a local facility. The decision for anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Sena and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases, your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
• How to care for the surgical site
• Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
• Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
• When to follow-up with Dr. Sena
Results and Outlook
Your final results will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection including the use of sunscreen and sunglasses will help to maintain your results. The benefits of your surgery should reveal a smooth, firm contour of the upper and/or lower eyelids. What matters more is that the appearance of your eyes matches the way you feel inside – youthful, vital and alert.