As we age, many aspects of our face and body begin to relax downward, including our forehead and eyelids. A heavy eyelid can make a person appear to be tired or angry when they are not. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can help resolve this issue.
Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. It is important to pick a cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in this field because blepharoplasty requires small, precise incisions to remove and/or reposition tissue and fat.
In an upper eyelid surgery procedure excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin as well as inner corner fat bulges are treated. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and hide well when healed. A more conservative approach needs to be made for men to avoid too much lid show (which can give the face a feminine appearance).
At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, eyelid surgery does not need to be done under general anesthesia. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. Pain is usually minimal and can be controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Cool compresses and head elevation help bruising and swelling to subside quickly. Sutures are in place for 7 days so most people take one week off from work for healing. Returning to makeup and contact lenses usually can be done at 10 days post-op and we advise to buy new makeup so as to not introduce any bacteria from old products into healing incisions.
Those who are seeking rejuvenation in the eye area come see Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins because he specializes in facial plastic surgery that gives a natural, rested, “non-operated” look.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins by calling 805-563-0000.