Eyelid rejuvenation surgery is one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries done today. In the 2013 statistics on cosmetic procedures (published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) ranked third (behind breast augmentation and rhinoplasty) with over 215,000 surgeries performed in the United States.
Patient of Dr. Terry J. Perkins
Some people equate eyelid surgery with cat eyes or “surprised” (overly rounded) eyes. That type of surgery is a thing of the past. Most surgeons, including Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins, opt to give patients a much more natural look. Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. This blog post will concentrate on the upper eyelids. Our blog post from July offers more information on lower eyelid surgery.
Most people who are interested in eyelid surgery are interested in making their eyes look more youthful. As age sets in eyelids can become heavy, droopy, or saggy which can make a person look permanently tired, unhappy, or unapproachable. Upper eyelid surgery can correct these problems to restore a rested, youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids addresses the overhanging/excess eyelid skin as well as the inner corner fat bulges. Incisions are nicely hidden in the natural creases of the eye. General anesthesia is not needed for this surgery. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. Most people take one week off from work to rest and recuperate. Contacts and make-up may be used after 10 days and it is advisable to purchase new eye make-up so as to not introduce any bacteria into the healing incisions. For most patients, aerobic exercise can be resumed at three weeks post surgery. Sun glasses and a wide-brimmed hat should be worn for all outdoor activities.
A successful upper eyelid surgery can make a positive difference in a person’s overall appearance.