A More Refreshed Look
The skin around the eyes reveals your age as time, emotions, lack of sleep, and other factors take their toll. If the appearance of your eyes bothers you, and you have a desire to look more refreshed, aesthetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. At Bajaj Plastic Surgery in Oklahoma City, Dr. Anu Bajaj helps patients achieve more rested, youthful appearances.
Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who have excess eyelid skin or under-eye bags and are seeking to correct these issues with long-term results. Excess eyelid skin and under-eye bag are cosmetics concerns and can be a result of sun exposure, age, genetics, or skin care.
Patients considering this surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations. To find out if you are a candidate, a consultation is required.
Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the upper eyelids can make you look tired and older. For the lower eyelids, some patients may have large bags under their eyes, which can add to their aged appearance.
Dr. Bajaj offers upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures to help correct inevitable signs of aging around the eyes. Depending on the condition of your eyelids, Dr. Bajaj may recommend combining a blepharoplasty with a brow lift to raise your eyebrows for a more significant lift to the upper eyelids. For patients who have hollowness under their eyes, she may also recommend a dermal filler or facial fat transfer. Through a consultation, she can make the right recommendation for you.
Dr. Bajaj offers three types of blepharoplasty surgeries.
Upper blepharoplasty addresses concerns such as “eyelid droopiness”, excess skin, fine lines, and puffiness of the upper eyelids. Excess upper eyelid skin can cause you to appear tired, can make applying eye makeup difficult, and can also impair full range of vision.
An upper blepharoplasty procedure removes the excess skin and fat through an incision made in the crease of the upper lid. The incision is then closed with thin sutures.
Lower blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids. It’s performed by making a small incision on the lower eyelid lash line. Through the incision, fat is either removed or the lash line is re-drape. This smooths the appearance of the lower eyelid. Excess skin is removed if necessary to diminish wrinkles and lines that have formed below the eyes.
To provide her patients with the most cost-effective, convenient and comprehensive eyelid surgery, Dr. Bajaj offers combination blepharoplasty. This procedure is best suited for patients who are looking to treat their upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
Eyelid Surgery Process
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes one to two hours and varies based on a patient’s specific needs.
Recovery Time After Eyelid Surgery
Recovery varies among patients, but the first few days after surgery quite rest quietly, head elevation and frequent icing are recommended to minimize bruising and swelling. Oral medications to help with any discomfort can be prescribed. Blurry vision and light sensitivity, as well as tearing and dryness. Can occur. Eye drops may help relieve any burning or itching during recovery.
Some patients experience mild swelling and bruising the first few weeks, while others have swelling subside within a few days. Any bruising will start to diminish within a week to ten days after surgery. Makeup can be worn to conceal discolorations the first few weeks following surgery but ask Dr. Bajaj before applying cosmetics to the area.
Eyelid Surgery Results
The outcome of this procedure will leave the eyes looking alert and youthful. The patients that have chosen to undergo this procedure with Dr. Bajaj have been very satisfied with their long-lasting, age-defying results.
The results tend to be visible once swelling and bruising have fully subsided. On average, this takes a few months. The small scars along the eyelids will fade with time. This procedure does not prevent the aging process. Therefore, patients should keep a healthy lifestyle and skincare regime to maintain these results in the future.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
Dr. Bajaj offers eyelid surgery consultation to prospective patients. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bajaj, she will ask you what your concerns are and what you are looking to achieve by undergoing a blepharoplasty procedure. She will then review your medical history, taking into consideration your current health, routine medications, and prior surgeries to help determine if you are a good candidate.
A physical evaluation of your eyelid is necessary before surgery. Dr. Bajaj will look at your eyes and the surrounding skin to ensure that this treatment will be right for you. Depending on your skin’s current condition, you may require additional treatments or procedures in conjunction with the eyelid procedure. These will be discussed during the consultation.
Eyelid Surgery in Oklahoma FAQs
What cosmetic issues can eyelid surgery address?
Eyelid surgery can address the hooding of the brows that occurs with aging, the excess skin of the upper eyelids, and the ‘bags’ that we can see in our lower eyelids.
What incisions and scars can I expect from eyelid surgery?
An upper blepharoplasty will have a scar in your upper eyelid crease; a lower eyelid blepharoplasty will have a scar just under your eyelashes extending to one of the wrinkles in your crow’s feet.
What can I expect on the day of my eyelid surgery?
On the day of your surgery, you will meet with me, and we will go over the surgery again. Then, one of my nurses will take you to the operating room where you we will start an IV and sedate you. The surgery will take 1-2 hours, after which you will be able to go home.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
It will take about 7-10 days for the bruising and swelling to resolve. We will remove the sutures after 5 days. If you have a desk job, you should be able to return to work after 7 days.
How is the eyelid surgery procedure performed?
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or sedation.
How long does the surgery take?
Surgery will take between 1-2 hours depending on exactly what procedures you elect to have (upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid blepharoplasty, and/or brow lift).
Can I drive myself back home after eyelid surgery?
No. Since we will be giving you medication to sedate you, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home.
How long will it take before I look normal?
We will remove your sutures 5-7 days after surgery. Most individuals feel comfortable returning to work by 7-10 days after surgery.
Is there swelling and bruising after the procedure?
Yes, there is bruising and swelling after any surgery. It will take 10-14 days for most of the swelling and bruising to resolve.
Will eyelid surgery affect my dry eyes?
Any type of eyelid surgery will aggravate your eyes. During the healing process, it is important that you keep your eyes well-lubricated with eye drops and ointment.
What is the purpose of blepharoplasty?
The purpose of a blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing the excess skin of the upper eyelids and improving the appearance of the lower eyelid bags and hollows – all of which combine to make us look tired.
Can eyelid surgery remove the wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), elevate droopy eyebrows, and take away dark circles under the lower eyelids?
The wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) are best treated with a Botox and/or skin resurfacing procedure, which can directly treat these wrinkles. Similarly, droopy eyebrows are best treated with a brow lift. A brow lift is frequently performed at the same time as a blepharoplasty – in this way, we can rejuvenate the upper face and give you a refreshed look. The dark circles under your eyes may be due to two issues – one is skin pigment, and the other is the hollowing that occurs that affects the way that light reflects off of your lower eyelids. Surgery cannot treat the skin pigment issues; however, either fat grafting or re-draping of your lower eyelid fat can improve the hollowing, which will improve the way light reflects off of your lower eyelids.
What can be done for dark circles under my eyes?
The bags under your eyes are typically due to the protrusion of the fat around your eye. One of the best techniques to address this issue is to release the tissue restricting the fat and then re-drape it so that it can fill the hollow.
How do you decide whether I need an upper eyelid lift or a brow lift?
In women, the eyebrow is typically 1 cm above the bone. In men, it frequently sits right at the bone. If your eyebrow is below this level, then you will likely benefit from a brow lift in addition to a blepharoplasty. Also, sometimes you may notice that your brow feels heavy, particularly at the end of day, because you have worked your forehead muscles to keep your brows elevated so that you are better able to see. During your consultation, I will perform a physical exam and evaluate the position of your brow as well as your eyelids.
Why do people need eyelid surgery years before they need a facelift?
The aging process will affect each individual at different rates. Part of the reason that we may choose to have a blepharoplasty before a facelift is that we may become more aware of the excess skin and bags under eyes sooner. However, many patients will combine a facelift with a blepharoplasty. Regardless, I advise my patients to prioritize the issues that bother them. Once you have your priority list, we can discuss the best options to address your concerns.
Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
A good candidate for blepharoplasty is someone who is in good health, can undergo an elective surgery, and has realistic expectations. If you have had recent Lasik surgery, you should wait 6 months to one year after this procedure before undergoing an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
When can I resume regular exercise or play sports after surgery?
You will be able to resume sports and exercise after 3 weeks.
When can I return to normal activities?
You will be able to drive after 5 days and return to work within 5-7 days. However, you will not be able to work out or do strenuous physical activity for 3 weeks.
When can I take a shower or tub bath?
You will be able to take a shower within the first 24-48 hours after surgery. It will be two weeks before you are able to take a tub bath.
When can I wear contact lenses after surgery?
Since eyelid surgery can irritate your eyes, it may be up to 4-6 weeks before you will be able to wear your contacts.
What if I need a touch-up?
We realize that occasionally a refinement may be necessary after surgery to help you achieve your goals. If this is necessary, rest assured we will work with you!
If I am eligible for the surgery, what is the next step?
If you are considering surgery and are in good health, call our office at 405-810-8448 to schedule your consultation today!