Men and women who have a tired and/or angry appearance due to bulging in the upper/lower eyelids may be ideal candidates for eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. In some individuals, the excess skin/fat in the upper eyelid may cause vision impairments. Patients who wish to achieve a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance often opt to undergo either upper eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty.
Those who have excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid may benefit from the removal of these obtrusive tissues. Making an incision along the natural eyelid crease, Dr. Carniol can excise the necessary skin, muscle, and fat. This provides a more youthful and alert appearance. For patients whose eyelids are limiting their vision this procedure can improve visibility.
When there is bulging present in the lower eyelid, sometimes called “under eye bags,” there are two techniques available. Based on each patient’s anatomy and extent of bulging, incisions can be made either along the lower lash line or inside the lower lid. This allows Dr. Carniol to remove and reposition the tissues in the lower eyelid. Depending on the amount of sagging and bulging, eye lift surgery may be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelid. Some patients do not need this type of surgery and instead will benefit from adding volume adjacent to their lower eyelids, restoring youthful appearing fullness.
Post-surgery, patients will be instructed to rest and refrain from excessive exposure to the sun in order to allow for proper healing. There may be some swelling, bruising, dry/irritated eyes, and discomfort, which will subside over the following days. Due to the location of the incision, scarring is usually inconspicuous and fades over time. In order to avoid complications and infection, patients must be sure to follow all aftercare instructions. Questions and concerns may be addressed during an initial consultation, and during any other office visits.
In order to gain a better understanding of potential results, it is highly recommended to view eyelid surgery before and after photos. Additionally, to achieve a more rejuvenated appearance, patients may be interested in facial fillers or an injectable like Botox ®.
To learn more regarding eye surgery, prospective patients may schedule an appointment with Dr. Carniol. A personalized plan can be created depending on your medical evaluation and your goals.