Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Aging won’t just drastically affect the delicate, thin skin around our eyelids; it can also cause the loss of muscle tone and a shifting of fat pads. The shifting fat pads are especially responsible for the puffy eyelids we associate with tiredness and exhaustion, and they also lead to the dark circles under the eyes that create an even more tired, sickly appearance.
The end results are sagging, droopy eyelids and puffy, baggy lower eyelids that can make someone look constantly tired or upset. At times, drooping eyelids can even obstruct vision. Thankfully, blepharoplasty can help patients with sagging eyelids restore a younger, more refreshed look.
The Benefits of an Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty can restore a youthful, vibrant look by reversing the effects of sagging eyelids. After treatment, our patients can look forward to smoother, tighter upper eyelids, the removal of dark circles under the eyes, a smoother, more alluring contour for the area under eyes (the lower orbital rim), and minimal scarring thanks to an appropriate incision closure.
Of course, not all eyelid lift procedures are made the same. Older techniques tended to get overzealous with fat and skin removal, leading to gaunt eyes and overly-round corners. These drastic changes led to patients looking entirely different than they used to and with older-looking, hollowed eyes. The delicate, complex anatomy of the eyelids also suffered from older unrefined techniques, and many patients began to experience uncomfortable complications as time went on.
As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hershcovitch knows the right techniques for creating natural results, preserving the structure and function of the eyelids, and can last for a long time. More importantly, he knows how to personalize each blepharoplasty so that they’re right for the patient’s unique facial anatomy and look.
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
How Your Blepharoplasty in Westlake Is Performed
Depending on your needs, you may be scheduled for an upper or lower blepharoplasty. these procedures can be performed alone or combined in the same appointment. Regardless of what combination of techniques you and Dr. Hershcovitch decide on, your procedure can be performed in our office. Afterward, patients can enjoy their results with minimal discomfort and a short recovery period.
This is an effective procedure for targeting puffy lower eyelids. Dr. Hershcovitch performs both transconjunctival and transcutaneous lower eyelid surgery. With the transconjunctival approach, Dr. Hershcovitch creates an incision along the lash line then removes excess skin and tightens the muscles. With a transcutaneous surgery, Dr. Hershcovitch makes an incision inside the eyelid so that any scarring will be completely hidden. He’ll then access the fat pads, tighten the muscles, and remove excess skin.
Previous methods of under eye surgery reduced the fat stores in the lower lids so much that they exacerbated the hollow, gaunt look patients wished to correct/ Dr. Hershcovitch utilizes a different technique where he re-positions fat to areas that need it, smoothing under eye skin and reducing under-eye circles.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
After their blepharoplasty, patients may experience some soreness, swelling, and feelings of tightness. Because of the type of lubricant we use and because of the work we do on the eyelids, patients may also experience some slightly blurry vision. Some patients may even experience some sensitivity to light. Of course, these side effects are all temporary and should disappear after around a week.
In the meantime, patients should rest their eyes for around a week; they should limit activities like reading and watching tv. Patients should also keep their head elevated at all times—even in their sleep. Patients are asked to refrain from any strenuous activity or social events for at least two weeks, but they can return to work after a week.
Are You a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Knowing if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty is the first step on your journey to a younger appearance. Dr. Hershcovitch finds that the best candidates for eyelid surgery are women and men who are generally healthy and do not have medical conditions that could affect their healing process. He also finds that non-smokers are the best candidates for this type of procedure. Those who experience the best results from this procedure are those who have extra skin that covers the fold of their upper eyelid; those with puffy upper or lower eyelids; those with bags underneath their eyes; or those with loose or droopy upper eyelid skin.
During your consultation, Dr. Hershcovitch will perform an evaluation of your anatomy and facial structure to determine if you are a good candidate and identify any possible reasons why this surgery might not be a good option for you.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Today
Having a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch is the best way to determine if blepharoplasty is a good choice for you. During your consultation, the doctor will perform an examination, go over your health history, and answer any questions you have about the procedure. If together you decide you’d like to move forward with the surgery, he will give you more information on cost, how to prepare for the surgery, and what you can reasonably expect for results. Dr. Hershcovitch and his staff pride themselves on their high level of patient service and look forward to talking with you about your plastic surgery needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty
Your scars will not be visible after because they’ll be strategically hidden from view, either by the lash line, the eyelid folds, or inside the eyelid. Dr. Hershcovitch will also employ various techniques to limit tension on the incisions, one of the leading causes of scarring.
If sagging eyebrows are of significant concern, a brow lift might be more apt to meet your needs. Eyelid lifts are localized to the upper lids and under eye skin only.
Injectables like Botox are more appropriate for targeting crow’s feet.
Since applying contact lenses requires you to lift our eyelids, it’s highly recommended that you wait two weeks before using contact lenses.
Generally speaking, insurance will not cover cosmetic procedures. Often any vision loss caused sagging upper eye skin has to be significant before medical benefits apply. Talk to your insurance provider or your doctor to learn more about it.