Humans are programmed to look at the eyes. It has long been said that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Eyes play a significant role in how someone’s overall temperament, present mood and physical health are perceived; they are a big factor in first impressions of people.
As people age, the skin and muscles around the eyes can become loose and start to sag. Additionally, the cushion of fat between the eyes and the skull can start to bulge. All of these things cause puffy eyes and can result in a person looking older and tired. Puffy and saggy eyes are not just a cosmetic problem, they can cause practical difficulties as well; for example, the loose folds of skin can limit an individual’s peripheral vision. The solution is a type of cosmetic surgery called Blepharoplasty that is sometimes called an “eye lift” or an “eyelid lift.”
At Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, Dr. Zimmerman can help relieve your tired, puffy eyes with an eyelid lift. Blepharoplasty can help turn back the clock and return your face and eyes to a more youthful state. To find out if Blepharoplasty is right for you, contact Dr. Zimmerman today. We can answer any questions you may have, and help determine the right treatment options for your individual needs.
Preparing for Surgery
Before the Blepharoplasty surgery, it is a good idea for the patient to make certain arrangements. Here are some things to have coordinated before you undergo treatment:
- Arrange for transportation home after the surgery.
- Make sure you have an overnight companion during the night after the surgery
- Have gauze pads, artificial tears and over-the-counter painkillers on-hand for after the surgery.
- Stop smoking, as smoking can negatively affect the healing process.
Note: certain painkillers such as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen should not be used as they may increase bleeding. Before scheduling the procedure, Dr. Zimmerman can go over any and all precautions to be taken to ensure the quickest and safest recovery.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so the patient will be able to go home on the day of their surgery. Local anesthesia or oral sedation can be administered to alleviate discomfort. Surgery on the upper eyelids is usually performed first. The surgeon will first mark out the area that will be removed. The lines they make will run along natural folds in the eyelid to minimize the appearance of scars. The incision will be made and the required amount of skin and fat will be taken away or moved, after which the wound will be closed with the use of small sutures. A lower-lid Blepharoplasty will involve an incision made just below the eyelashes. The excess skin will be removed and the fat removed or moved into another position.
After the Surgery
Some swelling and bruising may occur after surgery, but is not a certainty. Additionally, patients may suffer from dry eyes, and medication may be provided to help with this. Numb eyelids, light sensitivity and some pain are to be expected. If swelling occurs, the application of cold compresses may help to reduce it.
There will be stitches in the eyelid that stay in place for up to five days after the procedure. It will be necessary to revisit the surgeon to have them removed. It is recommended that patients use artificial tears for up to 10 days after their surgery. It is likely that they will be able to resume their regular activities within a week of the surgery and most of the swelling will subside within two weeks.