The periorbital region often demonstrates the earliest signs of aging and is often the first that people notice. The skin in this area is very thin, offering little resistance to the formation of wrinkles and puffiness. Drooping eyelids can interfere with vision and in pronounced cases interfere with simple tasks such as driving. Thankfully, Dr. Correa performs high quality blepharoplasty, which can help reverse these unfortunate signs of aging.
Eyelid surgery is among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed. Dr. Bryan Correa, a licensed plastic surgeon, has years of experience in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Whether you want to correct a problem with eye function, or simply want to refresh your appearance, Dr. Correa can give you a more youthful look by removing the most common signs of aging: drooping, baggy eyes.
Types of eyelid surgery
There are two main categories of eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty:
- Upper eyelid
- Lower eyelid
Upper eyelid surgery addresses functionality connected with vision. It also corrects chronic puffiness and sagging skin located in the upper eyelids. As the muscles in the upper face relax, the skin over the eye can droop to such a degree that functionality is impaired. Normal daily activities such as driving, reading and household activities can become difficult to do.
Correcting this problem involves tightening the skin and muscles in and around the eyelid. It may also require the removal of excess fat in the area which can be done at the same time. Dr. Correa’s patients have remarked at how refreshed they look and feel from this one procedure. Removing excess skin and fat and altering the muscles that are responsible for expression is a skill requiring technical precision as well as a sense of artistry.
Lower eyelid surgery is done to modify bags under the eyes, to correct wrinkling and to tighten a drooping lower lid. Excess fat can be removed through an incision just under the lower lashes or from behind the lid. The incisions in both upper and lower lid surgery is hidden by making the incisions in the natural fold of the eyelid. In the case of lower eyelid surgery the incision can sometimes be made only on the inside of the eyelid and therefore there is no visible scar. In addition to removing lower eye bags, Dr. Correa may recommend an additional procedure to remove any darkness that has developed. Eyelid surgery alone won’t address discolorations in that area.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Patients with Asian heritage have unique anatomic eyelid characteristics which give the Asian eye its shape. Most of these anatomic changes are quite beautiful and define the exoticism frequently associated with Asian eyelids. However, some of these changes can be undesirable in certain patients, and furthermore the changes associated with aging manifest in different ways when compared with Caucasian patients. For example, Asian patients often do not have a crease in the upper eyelid and desire to create this crease. This surgery creates the appearance of a larger eye and for women makes the application of eye shadow and other cosmetics easier.
What to expect on the day of surgery
Eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis and recovery time depends upon the extent of surgery that is done. Swelling and bruising are a normal part of recovery and will subside over time. Cold compresses over the eyes during the first few days will greatly reduce swelling and bruising. Complete instructions will be provided before you go home as well as pain medication. We are always available to answer any question you have following the procedure.
Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Most people are good candidates for eyelid surgery; however some people with chronic eye diseases such as dry eyes or thyroid eye disease may not be good candidates for this surgery. Dr. Correa can determine if the procedure should be delayed pending resolution of any underlying medical condition. He wants to ensure you get the best results possible.
Prior to your procedure you will be asked questions concerning your overall health and what medications you are taking. If you take blood thinners you will be asked to refrain from taking them for a period before and after your surgery. Smokers are of course always encouraged to quit, but for the sake of surgical healing are asked to refrain from smoking for at least a short period of time so that the healing process is not impeded.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Insurance generally does not cover cosmetic procedures; however you may have coverage if your vision and functionality is impaired. Our insurance consultant can help you determine if you have coverage for your eyelid surgery procedure.