Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits around the eyes. As you age, your eyelids can begin sagging, leading to a tired appearance, despite feeling lively inside. Eyelid surgery is a way to restore a youthful and alert look, matching your inner and outer selves. Blepharoplasty is a minor surgical procedure commonly paired with other anti-aging techniques, including:

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we are proud to offer blepharoplasty among our options for plastic surgery in Seattle. Using years of experience and training, Dr. Cole provides each patient with results that enhance your natural features.

Eyelid Surgery Overview

Blepharoplasty helps rejuvenate your eyes and restoring your vision. Every eyelid surgery is customizable to each patient’s unique needs, designed to enhance your unique features.

Eyelid surgery targets loose skin in both the upper and lower eyelids, delivering a tighter, younger look. Dr. Cole will take the time to sit down with you during a one-on-one consultation, working with you to develop a personalized plan. Your concerns and goals will play a central role in forming every step of the process.

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. Still, eyelid surgery is safe for adult patients of any age. If the look of your eyelids is affecting your quality of life, then this procedure could be for you.

Blepharoplasty can target several aesthetic and functional concerns, including:

  • Droopy 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. You may start to look constantly tired. But inside you are the same as ever! Eyelid surgery works to match your outer appearance with your inner self.

Lower Eyelid Surgery - Remove Under Eye bags

What Does It Not Address?

Blepharoplasty does not address sagging eyebrows, under eye discoloration or crow’s feet. However, Cole Aesthetic Center offers many procedures and treatments that will help with these concerns. These include:

Non-surgical options such as fillers are especially popular among patients not ready to commit to surgery. And younger patients find them excellent for preventing signs of aging in the first place.

What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery repairs 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
  • Muscle
  • 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. Once you remove these bags, your entire appearance brightens, leading to a livelier expression.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

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.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?

Blepharoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, light sedation may also be an option. Either way, the goal is to ensure your comfort throughout the entire process.

Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Cole makes expert incisions around the eyelids. This provides access to the underlying muscle and fat tissues. Using years of experience, Dr. Cole reshapes specific tissues to build an enhanced expression.

Using an aesthetic eye, Dr. Cole hides the incision within the natural folds of the skin. No one will be able to see them! Dr. Cole takes great care to ensure visible scarring will not distract from your youthful results.

The procedure typically lasts under two hours. As an outpatient procedure, you will be able to return home right after. However, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you.

If combined with other treatments, your procedure may look somewhat different. However, you will be fully informed every step of the way.

What Is the Downtime for Eyelid Surgery?

Recovery following blepharoplasty is relatively quick. Many patients can return to most normal activities within a few days. Still, we advise that you plan on taking about one week off from work. 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. 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 (manageable with medication and compresses)
  • Watering eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision

However, when performed by an expert, these will all be minimal.
Still, there are a couple recovery instructions that are essential:

  • Take great care not to rub your eyes while they heal f
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses for about two weeks
  • Wear sunglasses in the days following surgery (protects from exposure)

Fully Informed Eyelid Surgery

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, schedule your consultation with Dr. Cole today!


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