Blepharoplasty Eye Lift Boston
Some say that the eyes are “windows to the soul” – but sagging, drooping, and puffy swelling around the eyes can give the false impression of being a tired soul. The bright eyes of a vibrant person can be hidden by the surrounding changes. Though you may try highlighting them with eye shadow, dressing them with designer eyewear, or wearing colored contact lenses, often it’s your own natural frame that needs attention. If so, perhaps an eye lift surgery at our cosmetic surgery practice is right for you.
What is an Eye Lift?
Eyelid lift surgery can help restore drooping upper eyelids or the puffy skin under the eyes that can make you look older and more tired than you feel. As we age and our skin loses its elasticity or succumbs to external forces (such as sun damage, gravity, air pollutants), sensitive spots such as around the eyes can look prematurely aged.
If an eyelift procedure is right for you, we will discuss in detail what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. We customize the surgery to meet the unique needs of the individual, so each person will have a somewhat different experience, but you can be certain it will be just what you need. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours. An incision is made along the natural lines of your eyelids. Excess fat causing a baggy or droopy appearance and wrinkling or sagging skin are trimmed. Fine absorbable sutures are used to close the incision.
The good news is that eye lift corrective surgery for this common trouble spot may be simpler than you think. If the main problem is puffiness, we may be able to do “scarless” eye surgery where no visible incisions are used to correct the problem. If your primary concern is fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (which some begin to see as early as in their 20’s or 30’s) a “mini” eye lift may be all that is needed. This quick procedure provides rapid correction with minimal recovery time. There aren’t even any stitches to remove, and the whole procedure can be done comfortably in under a hour with only local anesthetic if desired.
Blepharoplasty Before & After
What’s Recovery like From A Blepharoplasty or Eye Lift?
Your eyelids may be swollen or feel somewhat tight for the first days after the surgery. Pain medication is offered to control any temporary discomfort – but most patients tell us they didn’t need it. Cold compresses during the first days help alleviate any swelling or bruising.
While you can go home shortly after the procedure, it’s best to plan on resting for the first few days. Most people feel ready to return to a regular routine in about 6 or 7 days, though in some cases swelling or bruising can last longer. We encourage you to avoid strenuous activity during the healing process.
The aim of the procedure is not to make you look different, but to make you look better – like the “real” you. Our goal is to have people see you and ask “have you lost weight?” or “did you buy new clothes?” because their perception is that you look healthier, happier and fresher. Your eyes will glow, looking as youthful and vibrant as you remember them!
Blepharoplasty FAQ With Dr. Spiegel
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lifts, fall into several different categories. Let's consider your lower eyelids first. If you have eyelid bags, but fairly good skin, you may have excess or what we call pseudoherniating fat. (This is a complex medical term for baggy eyelids due to fat.) The first thing to consider is what to do with the fat. Sometimes we'll remove it in a "scarless" approach where a small incision is made inside the eyelid. Doctors call this a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The fat can be taken away, or moved into a place you need it (fat transposition) such as in the tear troughs where your eyelids meet your cheeks. If you have some loosening skin, we can use a laser to tighten the skin and the final result has no visible scars.
If you have more loose skin, or a weak eyelid, we may need to hide a small incision under the lower eyelashes in order to get the best possible result. We may even tighten the muscles under the skin so that you'll have years of improved eyelid function to go along with your better looks.
For upper eyelids we may remove fat or add fat, remove skin, laser skin, or even create a more defined upper eyelid crease if you are missing one (often called "double eyelid surgery" and commonly desired by Asian patients).
Eyelid surgery is a great way to look refreshed quickly. We typically use all dissolvable stitches and can do these procedures right in the office. Bruising is minimal, and recovery is comfortable. Blepharoplasty can seem complex and confusing, but we'll help you reach your goals in the easiest way possible. It helps to have experience with so many techniques!
There are many options with eyelid surgery. Just like with Rhinoplasty alternatives like nonsurgical rhinoplasty using fillers, we can approximate a facelift or blepharoplasty without surgery. Liquid-facelift can reshape the face and support the skin. Couple that with skin tightening procedures like Facetite, IPL and lasers, you can look younger in a snap. Similarly, sometimes the right use of filler and skin tightening (such as accutite to the eyelids) can get surgery-like results with much quicker recovery.
There are many options. Almost all of the procedures we do can be done under local anesthesia, with sedation, or fully asleep. We'll work together to determine the best approach for you. Newton Surgery's highly qualified anesthesia staff provides a safe and comfortable experience. Our patients often comment they enjoyed the excellent experience as well as the results!
We understand you're busy! We've worked hard to develop techniques and care to minimize discomfort and "downtime". Of course, your personal experience will depend upon which procedures you're having and other factors. But, most of the time the postop experience is best described as boring. Limit exercise and activity for a little while and you'll heal faster. You may even be disappointed that you can get back to your normal routine so quickly.
The first thing is desire. If you have a need and desire to change something, you're already on your way to being a good candidate. After that, our expert doctors and team will help you determine the best way to get to your goals. We've got lots of options, lots of experience, and want you to succeed. That's a great match.
Procedure: Blepharoplasty Eye Lift
I had blepharoplasty done at the Spiegel center and Uzma Husain was my patient coordinator. She was fantastic!! She kept me informed about my appointments and what to expect and she called to check on me after my procedure. She was so attentive and made me feel important. She’s the best 😊
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