Age naturally brings about many changes, including fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. If the skin around your eyelids is starting to droop, Natalia Tilki, DO, can determine if you’re a candidate for blepharoplasty at Emerald Eye Center Inc., in Encino, California. Blepharoplasty lifts and tightens the skin around your eyes to take years off your appearance and improve your vision. To learn more, call Emerald Eye Center Inc., or schedule an appointment online today.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. As you age, your skin naturally loses the collagen and elastin that once kept it firm and tight. Additionally, the muscles around your eyes start to weaken gradually. This can lead to thin, saggy skin around the eyes.
Not only can blepharoplasty rejuvenate the eyes for a more youthful appearance, but it may also help improve your vision if droopy skin interferes with your eyesight.
How eyelid surgery works depends on the type you choose. The two types of blepharoplasty include:
During upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Tilki makes a small incision along the crease of the eyelid. This allows for minimal scarring. Next, she removes any excess skin, fat, or muscle and closes the incision. As a result, your eyelids look tighter and more lifted.
Lower blepharoplasty works well if you have puffy bags underneath your eyes. During this procedure, Dr. Tilki makes a minor incision just below your lash line and removes any excess skin and fat. This act helps smooth out your skin for a fresher look.
Combining both treatments can revitalize upper and lower eyelids in one comprehensive procedure.
As a surgical procedure, blepharoplasty requires preparation and downtime. For the best results, you should quit smoking and stop taking certain medications before the procedure. It’s also important to schedule a ride to and from the surgery. Dr. Tilki recommends asking a relative or close friend to monitor you for at least one night after surgery.
Most patients recover from blepharoplasty within one to three weeks of surgery. During this time, it’s common to experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Applying ice regularly can help reduce inflammation and accelerate healing.
In most instances, patients can return to work about 10-14 days after the procedure, though you may still experience mild bruising and swelling.
Once your swelling and bruising subside, you should start to notice visibly firmer and tighter skin around your eyes. However, it can take a few months for your scars to fade.
To learn more about blepharoplasty, call Emerald Eye Center Inc., or schedule an appointment online today.