Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) entails procedures to improve the appearance of either the upper or the lower eyelid, or both. In general, the goal is to give your eyes a more youthful look. How your cosmetic plastic surgeon goes about that depends on the condition of your eyelids.
With the upper eyelid, plastic surgery can remove the fold created by loose or sagging skin. The fatty deposits around the upper eyelid that appear to be swelling can also be removed. Sometimes the condition of the upper eyelid can reduce peripheral vision, and the surgery is performed for reconstructive purposes. The lower eyelid is treated for puffiness. This is always a cosmetic procedure, reducing the bags under the eyes and minimizing the wrinkled skin.
Anesthesia is administered for this surgery. The operation can take from one to three hours, depending on the amount of work to be done. Once you’ve completed your interview with Dr. Howard, you’ll have a fairly specific idea of the steps in the procedure and the length of time the process will take.
The incision lines for eyelid surgery are made along the natural folds of the eyelid: along the creases of the upper eyelid and below the lashes of the lower eyelid. Along your upper eyelid the surgeon will tighten muscles and skin, remove excess skin and remove or reposition fat deposits.
The incision below your lower eyelashes will allow for removal of excess skin. Sometimes an incision will be made along the inside of the lower eyelid to allow for removal of excess fat. The incisions will be closed either with sutures or some form of adhesive. Some surgeons employ absorbable sutures that remove themselves.
The swelling and bruising from eyelid surgery will take one to two weeks to disappear. During that time, your eyes will be sensitive and the tissue around them will be sore. It’s a delicate part of the anatomy and you may want to plan some time off for recovery from eyelid surgery.
You may experience dryness in your eyes and for a brief time, some difficulty with blurred vision. Those conditions are temporary; the important thing to avoid during the post-operative period is infection and prolonged swelling or discoloration. That means taking care of those impacted areas around the eyes.
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Dr. Brian Howard is a remarkably skilled cosmetic surgeon who is part of a select group of medical professionals who has Board Certification in plastic surgery. His Roswell office is the preferred choice for eyelid procedures in the Atlanta area. If you are interested in this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Brian Howard today.