- Bags under the eyes that make you seem tired or unhappy
- Droopy lower eyelids
- Fatty deposits on the upper and lower eyelids that make eyes look puffy
- Loose skin and fine wrinkles on the upper and lower eyelids that make you look older
Eyelid surgery also can restore peripheral vision impaired by loose, sagging eyelids. Since this procedure restores obstructed vision, in some cases insurance companies may provide coverage for a portion of the cost of eyelid surgery. Many of Dr. Flagg’s and Dr. Galloway’s patients elect to complete their facial rejuvenation by combining eyelid surgery with a neck lift, brow lift, nose surgery, or a face lift
Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway perform eyelid surgery using either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia using board certified anesthesiologists. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made within the natural crease of the upper lids, and excess skin and fatty tissue is removed. For the lower eyelids, Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway often make the incisions just below the lower eyelashes. They remove excess skin and fat, and sometimes redistribute lower eyelid fat to resolve a sunken eye socket. Alternatively, Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway might decide that the best approach for removing excess lower eyelid fat is by making an incision inside the lower eyelid. While this method leaves no external incision, he cannot use it to remove excess skin and may opt to use laser resurfacing to tighten and smooth the skin.
Your satisfaction with your look is Dr. Flagg’s and Dr. Galloway’s top priority when we perform eyelid surgery. Because of individual factors, the results from eyelid surgery will ultimately vary from person to person. Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway will work with you to determine which surgical technique will produce the best results for you.
1. Frequently Asked Questions: Eyelid Surgery
How long will the results from my eyelid surgery last?
Most patients are pleased with the results of their eyelid surgery for many years. The fat removed to decrease eyelid puffiness usually does not return. While eyelid surgery improvements are long lasting, factors such as the aging process and your lifestyle choices (exercise, diet, smoking, etc.) can negatively affect them. Sometimes having eyelid surgery gives patients the confidence to make additional improvements in the future.
Will eyelid surgery leave noticeable scars?
The blepharoplasty incisions are made in areas around the eyes best suited to conceal any scarring. For the upper eyelids, incisions are made in the crease of the eyelid. These scars are usually hidden when your eyes are open. For the lower eyelids, incisions are made just below the eyelash line where they are barely noticeable. For some patients, lower eyelid bags can be corrected through a transconjunctival (inside the eyelid) surgery, in which only fat is removed, not skin.
Will eyelid surgery alone correct all my concerns about my eye area appearance?
Not always. Eyelid surgery procedure may be just one part of a complete eye rejuvenation solution. If your eyebrows and your upper eyelids sag, a brow lift may be recommended in addition to eyelid surgery. If you have wrinkles in the outer corners of your eyes (“crow’s feet”), you might benefit from one of our non-surgical procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic.
How long is the recovery period?
If you are a physically healthy non-smoker, the recovery period for eyelid surgery is minimal, usually 10 days or less. You can expect swelling and bruising around your eyes for about a week after the surgery. After the initial recovery period, you are usually allowed to resume normal activities. You should wait at least two weeks before engaging in any strenuous activities such as straining, bending, and lifting. Also, avoid wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks.
Dr. Flagg and Dr. Galloway are board certified plastic surgeons committed to helping you achieve your ideal appearance. To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Michigan at 248-440-7305.