WHAT IS Eyelid Surgery?
A person's eyes are a unique aspect of the face that deserves to be seen, but sometimes an abundance of skin around the eyes can create a tired and unflattering appearance. To address these concerns, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino offers eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to remove excess skin and lift the upper or lower eyelid, creating an awakened appearance. So many men and women have eyelid surgery at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery to eliminate saggy eyelids, often producing both improved vision and an enhanced appearance. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful look and can produce natural yet noticeable improvements. If you're interested in refreshing your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin and enliven your expressions, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamburrino at his practice in Doylestown, PA.
WHO CAN GET EYELID SURGERY?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is popular among both women and men. During your private consultation, treatment options will be presented to you, depending on your areas of concern. You may want to consider blepharoplasty if droopy eyelid skin interferes with your vision or distracts from your appearance. Eyelid surgery corrects many cosmetic concerns, including:
- Puffy upper eyelids that make you appear tired or sad
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes
- Excess skin that obscures the upper eyelid folds
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids
Some people choose to get eyelid surgery done at the same time as another aesthetic facial procedure to further enhance their outcomes, such as a facelift or browlift.
HOW IS EYELID SURGERY DONE?
During a consultation, Dr. Tamburrino attentively listens to your concerns and discusses your goals for treatment. You can expect to spend at least an hour at your consultation. In this time, he evaluates factors, such as:
- Facial muscle structure
- Underlying bone structure
- The symmetry of your eyebrows
Then, he creates an individualized treatment plan that best addresses your needs. Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be given. Eyelid surgery may be done on the upper eyelid alone, on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both upper and lower:
- Upper blepharoplasty excises the amount of hanging skin that droops over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the natural crease to remove unwanted skin and tissue.
- Lower blepharoplasty is performed to reduce puffy and bulging skin under the lower lid. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to allow access to remove fatty tissue, and the skin is gently lifted to allow for a smoother look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment may be incorporated to help with discoloration while injectable fillers can be used to create additional volume and smoothness if necessary.
What to Expect with Eyelid Lift
Eyelid surgery can take up to two hours based on whether one or both eyes are treated. After surgery, you should set aside about a week to recover and rest at home. Ice packs can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from blepharoplasty may last years, but while they are long-lasting, the aging process does not stop. To continue to enhance your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery, such as lasers, chemical peels, and fillers, can be paired to create a fresh appearance.
Eyelid Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is compromising your sight, your insurance may pay for part of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Tamburrino during your initial consultation if you are considering using your insurance. A team member at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery can help you submit the needed information and paperwork to your provider to consider your claim. Typically, you will need a diagnosis from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to rejuvenate your appearance, but it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field expanding when hanging skin on your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup when your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, "crepey" skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift since the improvements of eyelid surgery are confined to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may also be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will create your custom treatment plan based on your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening without surgery and injectable treatments (like BOTOX, Juvéderm, or Restylane) can provide mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or want results that last a long time, eyelid surgery would be better than nonsurgical treatments. When you have talked to Dr. Tamburrino about your needs and goals for your eyes, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He may also suggest combining both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for ideal results.
If you are having a hard time seeing due to folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or if you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery may be right for you. This surgery can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in Doylestown, PA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamburrino.