When the years of aging begin to show in the form of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, our eyes can be one of the hardest areas affected. Eyelid drooping and puffiness below the eyes are common signs of aging that not only leave you looking older, but possibly even constantly sad or tired as well. Because of this, people are often self-conscious about their appearance and may even notice being treated differently by others who may mistake you as drowsy or upset.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to remove the excess skin to revive a youthful appearance in your eyes. Dr. Grenley can help alleviate your problems with sagging eyelids and puffy bags with eyelid surgery.
When you come in for your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Grenley, he will analyze your condition to determine whether you will need both upper and lower eyelid surgery or just one or the other.
Upper eyelid surgery is typically used for the treatment of a drooping upper eyelid, whether it is the result of aging or a congenital disorder such as Ptosis. It can also help to clear any vision obstruction that may be caused by a drooping of the upper eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery is more used to address discoloration or heavy bags that may have formed beneath your eyes over time.
Combining both upper and lower eyelid surgery will likely achieve the best overall results. You may even choose to supplement your eyelid surgery with other facial procedures such as a facelift or brow lift to address signs of aging throughout your entire face.
When you come in for your eyelid surgery, Dr. Grenley will make sure that you know what to expect and that you are at ease before beginning. You will be placed under general anesthesia during your procedure.
With upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Grenley will make a discreet incision along the natural creases above your lid. Excess skin and tissue can then be removed to reduce sagging or drooping of the eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery may consist of excision of excess skin as well as the removal of small pockets of excess fat that may have accumulated with age.
Once your eyelid surgery is complete, you may experience some minor discomfort or headaches. These should fade fairly quickly and can be managed with medication. While initially there will be some bruising and swelling and your incision lines will be visible, your eyes will continue to improve over the next few weeks as you continue to heal from surgery. In the meantime, you should be able to use makeup to cover up most issues within a few days after surgery.
Before you know it, you will be looking into the mirror at a reflection that looks a lot like a younger version of yourself. Many of our patients experience an overall improvement to their lifestyle and self-confidence following their eyelid surgery procedure with Dr. Grenley.
For more information about eyelid surgery, contact Seattle Plastic Surgery at 206-324-1120.