Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
It can be easy to underestimate the role your eyelids play in your appearance. But the truth is that this feature can have a significant impact on how you are perceived. But aging or genetics could leave you with eyelids that make you look tired or different from how you feel inside. With eyelid surgery, you can match your inner and outer selves for a rejuvenated look.
At Cole Aesthetic Center, we pride ourselves on helping patients achieve the look that feels right for them. We work with your natural beauty to enhance and build upon your unique features. Call us today to learn more about eyelids surgery and how it can help you reach your ideal aesthetic.
A Blepharoplasty Can Help:
- Create a more youthful appearance around the eyes
- Improve lines and wrinkles in the upper and lower eye areas
- remove loose skin around the eyelids that sags over the eyes and causes ‘hooding’
- Improve issues with your vision, including peripheral vision
- Reverse the appearance of fatigue or aging caused by drooping eyelids
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Combining Procedures with a Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery, or a blepharoplasty, already works by tightening the muscle and loose skin around the eye area. While it addresses most of the wrinkles around the eyes, our patients may see a more enhanced result when combined with another procedure.
Common combinations that deliver enhanced results include:
- Brow Lift: A surgical procedure that addresses loose skin or wrinkles on the forehead.
- Laser Resurfacing: Ablates a fine layer of skin to help further reverse signs of aging in fine lines and additional uneven textures.
- Injectable Fillers: A non-surgical way to restore lost volume or reduce wrinkles.
- Facelift: A surgical procedure that delivers a powerfully rejuvenated appearance to the facial area.
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What is a Lower Blepharoplasty?
Lower eyelid surgery repairs droopy eye bags. These are one of the most noticeable signs of aging. And they make you look constantly tired. Lower eyelid surgery targets these bags by removing:
- Excess skin
The effects of natural aging will make your eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. Because of this, excess fat gathers below your eyelids, causing bags under your eyes. Once you remove these bags, your entire appearance brightens, leading to a livelier expression.
What is an Upper Blepharoplasty?
Upper eyelid surgery can treat droopy eyelids. This condition occurs when excess skin in the eye area droops down toward the eye. In some cases, it can even begin to cover the eye itself. This not only can affect your vision but makes you look much older. It can be caused by many things, including age and genetics. The procedure is often referred to as an eye lift and can help you look younger and more refreshed. Upper eyelid surgery tightens up these loose lids. Through targeted incisions, Dr. Cole restores a youthful and bright look to your eyes.
How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?
Eyelid surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia. However, it may also be performed under sedation, depending on the patient. Once the patient has been numbed or sedated, Dr. Cole can then begin the procedure.
For Upper Eyelids
Dr. Cole makes an incision along the existing crease of the upper eyelid, providing access to the underlying muscles and fat tissues. Incisions are hidden within the natural folds of the skin, and Dr. Cole takes great care to ensure incisions are artfully hidden to not distract from his patients’ youthful results. This procedure is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts around an hour unless combined with another procedure.
For Lower Eyelids
Dr. Cole begins by making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid to provide access to the underlying muscles and fat tissues. Incisions are hidden inside the lower eyelid and then cauterized, meaning that there are no sutures to be removed later. This procedure is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts around one hour. Laser resurfacing of the lower eyelid is frequently combined with the lower blepharoplasty. These procedures tighten up loose skin and minimize any fine lines or wrinkles.
What is the Downtime for Eyelid Surgery?
Recovery following a blepharoplasty will vary depending on the patient and your unique treatment plan. Giving yourself time to rest and heal is vital to have optimal results.
Patients typically resume full activities after two weeks once we remove the sutures and can begin wearing contacts or applying makeup as well. Patients may notice that the incision scar will take up to a full year to mature.
Common side effects following blepharoplasty include:
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Swelling, mild pain (manageable with medication and compresses)
- Watering eyes
- Dry eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
Some of the most essential recovery instructions include:
- Take great care not to rub your eyes while they heal
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for about two weeks
- Wear sunglasses in the days following surgery (protects from exposure)
- Every patient is given a full packet of post-surgery care information on how to maximize their recovery. Guidelines will help optimal results from their blepharoplasty procedure.
Improvements are immediately noticeable, but final results are not evident until after a few months have passed and all traces of swelling have diminished. Scars from the procedure will take 12 to 18 months to fully mature. Results are long-lasting, and patients can enjoy their younger, rejuvenated appearance for years to come.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you want to address concerns with your upper or lower eyelids, then eyelid surgery could be right for you. During your consultation, Dr. Cole will listen to your goals and provide a complete picture of what procedures will help you achieve them. You might be able to benefit from eyelid surgery for your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be in overall good health (important for healing and improving results)
- Be non-smoking before and after your procedure (smoking interferes significantly with proper healing)
- Have healthy expectations and goals
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Take back your appearance today! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole to get started on a new you. We operate within state-of-the-art and fully accredited facilities in Silverdale and Sequim. Our guarantee is we will provide you with advanced aesthetic procedures backed by a welcoming and qualified medical staff. Call us today to learn more about plastic surgery in Seattle offered at Cole Aesthetic Center. We are available and ready to answer any questions you might have.