Generally, the eyes are the first facial feature that people notice. Sagging eyelids are a common symptom of aging and excessive stress. Sagging is a result of the loss of skin elasticity over time. The muscles supporting the skin also grow weak with aging and continuous stress.
Drooping eyelids makes someone look far older than they actually are and can cause loss of peripheral vision; the upper and outer parts of our field of view get obstructed with the sagging of eyelids. Blepharoplasty can correct drooping eyelids, making them look younger and rejuvenated.
Reasons Why People Get Blepharoplasty
The removal of excess tissues from eyelids can help with sagging and improve a patient’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty can make a patient appear more alert. Some of the common reasons for adopting this procedure include:
• Formation of bags under the eyes
• Sagging upper and lower eyelids
• Eyelid puffiness
• Hindrances in peripheral vision
• Wrinkles on the eyelids
In some cases, only the upper or lower eyelids are corrected, and in others, both sets of lids are addressed. While upper-lid blepharoplasty can be used for both cosmetic and functional reasons, lower lid blepharoplasty is only carried out for cosmetic concerns.
Preparing for the Blepharoplasty Procedure
Before the procedure can be arranged, the patient is required to consult with Dr. Bennett. The consultation will focus on the patient’s medical history, including records of past surgeries and records of past conditions such as glaucoma, allergies, problems with blood circulation, thyroid issues, and diabetes.
Dr. Bennett will note down the current medications and supplements that the patient is taking, along with habits such as alcohol and tobacco use. She will also make a note of their hopes and expectations prior to the operation and inform the patient regarding the probable outcomes.
The pre-surgery process has three steps to it. The first is the physical examination, which includes measuring and marking the skin for removal. The second step is an assessment of the vision of the candidate. The final step is taking a snapshot of the eyelids in order to be able to see the changes that have been made after the procedure.
There are certain things the patient will be asked to do to prepare, such as to quit smoking. Smoking can lead to delays in recovery after surgery. There are also certain medications that the patient will to stop taking, such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve, others), naproxen (Naprosyn), and other forms of anti-coagulants.
After the Blepharoplasty Procedure
The patient is advised to have someone to help with driving for the first two days after the surgery. Depending upon the extent of the operation, the patient might be placed under observation for the night. Some of the temporary symptoms experienced after the surgery are double vision, light sensitivity, puffy eyes, and watering. All these go away within a few days of the procedure.
Contact Us to Get Started
To get started with your blepharoplasty, contact the office of Dr. Della Bennett, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, for a consultation. Dr. Bennett can help you get the rejuvenated look you’ve been hoping for.