Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits around the eyes. Eyelid surgery helps to give patients a more youthful and alert look. Sagging eyelids contribute to an aged appearance and impair peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty is a minor surgical procedure and is commonly paired with other anti-aging techniques, including facelift and neck lift surgery, injectable fillers, and facial resurfacing.

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we are proud to offer blepharoplasty to our patients. Blepharoplasty helps rejuvenate your eyes and restoring your vision. Eyelid surgery is customizable to each patient’s unique needs. It can address loose skin in both the upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Cole will take the time to sit down with you during a one-on-one consultation. The consult will evaluate your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Good candidates for blepharoplasty are patients with droopy eyelid skin or under-eye fat deposits. Most blepharoplasty patients are older since sagging eyelid skin is a common effect of aging. Eyelid surgery is safe for adult patients of any age. Blepharoplasty can target several aesthetic and functional concerns, including:

  • Droopy upper eyelids
  • Impaired vision caused by loose skin
  • Under-eye bags caused by fat deposits
  • Loose skin around the lower eyelids
  • Eyelid wrinkles

In addition, blepharoplasty can also create a more alert and friendly facial expression. Loose and sagging eyelid skin can often cause an unwanted change to an individual’s resting facial expression. Loose eyelid may create a tired, aged appearance that blepharoplasty can help correct. Blepharoplasty does not address sagging eyebrows, under eye discoloration or crow’s feet. Other procedures, such as brow lifts, chemical peels, and injectable fillers, can target those specific concerns.

Lower Eyelid Surgery - Remove Under Eye bags

What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery repairs droopy eye bags by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat. 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. This can make you look older and tired-looking. The removal of the bags can make you look and feel more refreshed and rejuvenated.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery can treat droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids occur when excess skin in the eye area droops down onto and sometimes over the eye. This can affect your vision and make 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

How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?

Blepharoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, it may also be performed under light sedation anesthesia. Once the patient has been sedated, Dr. Cole makes incisions around the eyelids. This provides access to the underlying muscle and fat tissues. In procedures that address both the upper and lower eyelids, we treat the upper first.

Dr Cole hides the incision within the natural folds of the skin. Dr. Cole takes great care to ensure visible scarring will not distract from his patients’ youthful results. After making the incisions, Dr. Cole reshapes the underlying tissue. Dr. Cole removes or redistributes fat deposits as needed to eliminate under-eye bags. After making any necessary adjustments, the doctor trims any excess skin. Then the doctor closes the incisions.

Blepharoplasty usually lasts around two hours but varies on a case-by-case basis. Blepharoplasty is completed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery allows patients to return home immediately following their surgery.

What Is the Downtime for Eyelid Surgery?

Recovery following blepharoplasty is relatively quick, with the procedure typically taking one hour. Most patients are able to return to most normal activities within a few days. Patients should plan on taking about one week off from work. Patients typically resume full activities after two weeks once we remove the sutures. You should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for three weeks until the incisions have healed.

Common side effects following blepharoplasty include:

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Swelling, mild pain
  • Watering eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision

Use cold compresses and mild pain relievers to provide relief and minimize discomfort. Patients will need to take great care not to rub their eyes while they heal from the procedure. Avoid wearing contact lenses for about two weeks. Dr. Cole recommends wearing sunglasses in the days following surgery. This helps protect from wind and sun exposure while the eyes and eyelids are still sensitive.

Dr. Cole provides his patients with specific instructions on how to maximize their recovery. Guidelines will help optimal results from their blepharoplasty procedure. Improvements are immediately noticeable. Although final results are not evident until after a few months have passed and all traces of swelling have diminished, scars will take 12 to 18 months to fully mature. The incisions will be placed inconspicuously and will not be overly noticeable. Results are long-lasting, and patients can enjoy their younger, rejuvenated appearance for years to come.

Eyelid Surgery Seattle

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we make providing our patients with exceptional care our priority. From your initial consultation to aftercare services, we want you to experience the best in patient-focused care. Dr. Cole is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience performing advanced facial enhancement and rejuvenation procedures. He will work with you to truly understand your concerns and help you bring your aesthetic goals to life. At Cole Aesthetic Center, you are never just another patient.

With our state-of-the-art and fully-accredited facilities in Silverdale and Sequim, we will provide you with advanced aesthetic procedures backed by a welcoming and qualified medical staff. To learn more about blepharoplasty or any plastic surgery in Seattle offered at Cole Aesthetic Center, call us today at 360-613-2600 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Cole.


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