Eyelid Surgery in Ohio Can Refresh the Look of Your Eyes
As our skin ages, droopy upper eyelids and wrinkled or puffy lower eyelids can develop, causing us to appear tired, worried, angry, or just plain older than we wish to look. Eyelid rejuvenation with a blepharoplasty at our Ohio practice can refresh your appearance and help you look your very best.
What is Blepharoplasty?
The aging process can bring with it a loss of elasticity in the skin. Upper eyelid sagging creates a hooded appearance, and severe cases can even impair an individual’s peripheral vision. Sagging in the lower eyelids results in the formation of undereye bags and wrinkles.
Also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, a blepharoplasty can focus on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on your individual concerns. There are many beauty products and cosmetics that promise to revitalize this sensitive area, but blepharoplasty surgery creates more dynamic results that last, by:
Precisely removing excess skin
Carefully removing or re-sculpting misplaced or excessive fat pads
Tightening and rejuvenating eyelid skin and the underlying dermis.
Combining Blepharoplasty with a Brow Lift
Upper eyelid hooding is almost always caused by the descent of the eyebrow/forehead as a result of years in the sun and cumulative effects of gravity on the forehead soft tissue. When this is the case, combining an upper blepharoplasty with a brow lift or forehead lift provides distinct advantages:
1) Correction of forehead lines/wrinkles, as well as the “angry 11s” between the eyebrows
2) Improvements in the brows’ shape and position
3) Alleviation of upper lid hooding from the heaviness of the brows
4) Lowering of the hairline to a more youthful position, in cases of receding hairlines
On the other hand, some younger patients may already have beautiful symmetric brows with minimal forehead wrinkles. These patients may be best suited to focus on just the eyelids. Some may just have heavy brows with minimal upper lid hooding; for those patients, a brow lift alone is enough.
Some patients also choose to rejuvenate the lower half of their face and neck, and combining some type of facelift with these upper facial rejuvenation procedures can result in even more exceptional pricing.
What Happens During Blepharoplasty?
As with any cosmetic facial surgery, one of the central questions of a blepharoplasty is: what to remove, and what to leave? Modern eyelid surgical technique is much more focused on preservation and conservation. Outstanding results in aesthetic surgery will draw comments such as, “Wow, you look great!” with no suspicion that any eyelid procedure was ever performed because the results look completely natural and harmonious with the rest of the face.
The exact details of your blepharoplasty will depend on your conditions, preferences, and aesthetic goals. Typically, incisions are hidden in the natural creases of your eyelids to minimize visible scarring. In our surgeries, these incisions and tiny sutures used in their closure are placed with the assistance of an operative microscope. If there is excessive fat under the eyelids, this is removed very conservatively (taking just the right amount, but not too much) often using a tiny laser or surgical radiofrequency devices.
Recovery After Blepharoplasty
Eyelid skin tends to heal quite quickly. When healed, there are rarely any perceptible signs of surgery to casual observers. Dr. Hartman performs blepharoplasty with local anesthesia and light sedation, which spares patients from the “hangover” of general anesthesia.
After a blepharoplasty, any discomfort can be easily managed with cool compresses and medicine that Dr. Hartman may prescribe – although in most cases, minimal over-the-counter pain medicine is absolutely sufficient.
Dr. Hartman will monitor recovery through follow-up appointments and advise you on when to safely return to work and normal activities. All surgical patients are given his mobile phone number to text or call him at any time for any concerns.
Recovery can be different for every patient, but bruising and swelling rarely last beyond a week. The day after a blepharoplasty procedure, patients start taking gentle daily showers followed by the application of ointment to the tiny incision sites. They may also start taking brisk walks outdoors the next day. Sutures are removed between the fifth and seventh day after surgery.
Long-term maintenance of the skin is essential to ensuring blepharoplasty results last. The use of retinol and sunscreen are important measures to integrate into your daily skincare routine. BOTOX® or Dysport® can also help to manage dynamic wrinkles if needed.
Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The best way to determine if blepharoplasty is ideal to achieve your aesthetic goals is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hartman and our medical team. We will evaluate your health, medical history, and preferences, and discuss treatment options that are right for you.
If you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty, we will create a customized surgical plan for you and discuss what you can expect, how much time you may want to take off from work, and all safety information relevant to your procedure.