The Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The eyes are one of the most prominent features of the face. They express emotion, balance the appearance, and contribute to an overall sense of beauty. The eyes, however, are one of the first places to show the early signs of aging. Sagging tissue of the upper eyelid, or fine lines of the under the eye, can make the face look tired, frustrated, unhealthy, and even years older. While the normal aging process is primarily responsible for these changes around the eyes, other factors may compound the issue, as well. Sun damage, smoking, illness, and genetics can accelerate the development of lax, wrinkled tissue.
Blepharoplasty in Boston
The Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, also known as an Eyelid Lift, are surgical procedures designed to reduce lax, drooping skin around the eyelids; restoring a youthful appearance. The surgical procedure will also dramatically reduce the fat pads of the upper and lower eyelid, providing patients a well-rested, refreshed look.
The Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid or lower eyelid alone, or they can be combined into one procedure. Many people will choose to combine the Eyelid Lift with the Facelift for optimal facial rejuvenation. Dr. Davidson has been performing the Eyelid Lift in Boston for almost 15 years. His extensive experience and meticulous attention to detail make him a very sought after plastic surgeon.
The Blepharoplasty is a growing trend in the Asian community, as many people come to understand the benefits of the procedure. By altering the shape and contour of the eyes, Dr. Davidson is able to provide a more Westernized appearance. While making the eyes bigger and rounder, as well as the eyelid crease more prominent, Dr. Davidson also takes care to preserve each patients ethnic or racial heritage.
The Ideal Blepharoplasty Candidate
Anyone frustrated with lax tissue along the upper or lower eyelid may benefit from the Blepharoplasty. The ideal patient will be in overall good health, have a clear understanding of the Eyelid Lift procedure, and hold realistic expectations for their results. People with specific medical conditions, such as certain thyroid disorders or chronic dry eye, may be encouraged to postpone their Blepharoplasty. At the Blepharoplasty consultation, Dr. Davidson will determine if an Eyelid Lift is right for an individual’s unique needs.
The Blepharoplasty Consultation
Prior to committing to an Eyelid Lift, a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Davidson will be scheduled. During this appointment, he will perform a brief exam of the facial anatomy, review the medical history, and discuss all current medications. He will also listen to the patient’s aesthetic goals and desires. Dr. Davidson will then explain the various options, both surgical and noninvasive, that are available to restore more youthful looking eyes. If he determines the Blepharoplasty to be the most appropriate procedure for the specific patient, an individualized surgical plan will be created. At this time, the exact cost of the Eyelid lift will be determined and the payment plans reviewed.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Dr. Davidson performs the Blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, under IV sedation. The surgery will take between one and three hours to complete, depending on the extent of correction required. Dr. Davidson will tailor the Eyelid Lift procedure to the specific needs of the patient, performing an Upper Lid Lift, Lower Lid Lift, or a combination Blepharoplasty.
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty:
Over the years, the paper-thin tissue of the upper eyelid can loose its elasticity and resistance, sinking downward over the eyes. Not only will this droop make the face appear unhappy or exhausted, the sagging, heavy tissue may even impair the eyesight. An Upper Lid Blepharoplasty is designed to remove this unsightly, stretched tissue from the eyelid; restoring a refreshed appearance.
To begin the Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, Dr. Davidson will make a very small incision along the upper eyelid crease. From here, he will remove the excess skin and fatty tissue. Finally, Dr. Davidson will smooth the remaining muscle and skin, pulling them taut. Once the correction is complete, sutures are placed for proper healing.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty:
As the face ages, the fatty tissue below the eyes will start to sink and pull away, eventually resulting in dark circles or ‘bags’ under the eyes. The Lower Eyelid Lift will remove the excess tissue under the eyes and redistribute the remaining fat, eliminating puffiness. Volume can also be added under the eye and along the upper cheek to restore healthy facial contours.
Dr. Davidson begins the Lower Lid Blepharoplasty by making a small incision inside the lower eyelid, or underneath the lower lash line. From here, he will carefully remove the excess fatty tissue from under the eye and excise loose skin. The remaining tissue will be lifted, the muscles tightened, and the skin pulled smooth. Once the desired correction is complete, Dr. Davidson will place sutures to allow for appropriate healing.
Recovery After a Blepharoplasty
Patients should expect their Eyelid Lift recovery to take between seven and fourteen days. Initially, mild bruising and swelling may be seen, diminishing over the first several weeks. While patients note only minimal pain, the eyes may feel tight and sore. Dr. Davidson will prescribe appropriate medications to keep patients resting comfortably during their recovery.
At the first follow-up appointment, approximately five days after surgery, Dr. Davidson will remove any sutures. Within five to ten days, patients are generally feeling well enough to return to work or school. Patients should avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. Vigorous activity and strenuous exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks; however light activities can be resumed in five to seven days. Scarring will slowly fade to a thin, almost invisible white line.