If the eyes are the window to the soul, then they should sparkle! For many people, one of the most frustrating signs of aging is drooping eyelids and/or puffy skin under the eyes. These common problems can give men and women the appearance of being tired, sad, or simply older than they actually are. In some cases, excess sagging skin on the upper eyelids can even impair a person’s vision. For these reasons, eyelid surgery – formally known as blepharoplasty – is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand cosmetic surgeries in Houston, TX.
Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the exceptional team at Luminary Plastic Surgery are proud to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals and turn back the clock on aging through blepharoplasty surgery.
What is a blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty, sometimes called an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance and functionality of the eyelids by removing excess, sagging, or drooping skin either above or below the eye. Some patients elect to have both an upper blepharoplasty and a lower blepharoplasty performed simultaneously in order to address multiple concerns at once.
How does a blepharoplasty work?
Depending on the nature and extent of your particular procedure, your surgery may be performed under either local or general anesthesia and will likely take about two hours to complete. The specific surgical technique may vary based on which eyelid surgery you are having performed:
- Upper blepharoplasty: During this procedure, Dr. Couvillion will carefully place an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and remove excess skin and tissue that is loose or hanging.
- Lower blepharoplasty: For most patients having lower eyelid surgery performed, the incision will be delicately made just below the lash line. This allows Dr. Couvillion to remove excess skin and fat that create a bulging and puffy appearance under the eyes.
After the procedure, patients can expect to experience the following symptoms, most of which are well tolerated and resolve fairly quickly:
- Blurry vision
- Itching around the incisions
- Nausea from anesthesia
As with any surgery, it is only natural for patients to wonder how long the healing process will take and what they can do to speed up their recovery. Here are seven tips to help make your blepharoplasty recovery as quick, easy, and comfortable as possible:
1. Follow your doctor’s orders.
During your preoperative appointment, as well as on the day of your surgery, Dr. Couvillion will provide you with both written and oral instructions for your recovery. It is crucial that you follow the postoperative guidelines carefully and completely in order to ensure the best possible chance for proper healing and an ideal outcome.
2. Take prescribed medications.
It is likely that you will be prescribed pain medication following your blepharoplasty to help relieve with the initial discomfort. You will also be given antibiotics to help prevent infection. Taking these medications as directed and for the full course is vitally important for a successful recovery.
3. Rest and relax.
Even though a blepharoplasty is performed on such a small part of the body, it is still a surgery from which your body needs to recover. Allowing yourself plenty of time to rest will ensure that you are able to heal fully and properly. This includes taking 1-2 weeks off work as well as avoiding strenuous physical activity.
4. Plan to have help.
It is likely that you will experience blurred vision, grogginess, and fatigue for the first several days after your eyelid surgery. For this reason, planning to have assistance with household chores and routine daily tasks during that time period is recommended. This is particularly beneficial for patients with young children.
5. Stay nourished and hydrated.
Another important part of healing is giving your body what it needs. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water will ensure that your cells have enough energy to recuperate from the blepharoplasty.
6. Sleep with your head elevated.
Make sure to set up a comfortable and appropriate spot for resting and sleeping during your recovery. Keeping your head elevated and sleeping on your back – rather than your stomach or side – will help reduce and prevent swelling, pressure, and other side effects after your eyelid surgery.
7. Choose an experienced plastic surgeon.
Arguably the most beneficial thing you can do to ensure the best possible chance for a stunning outcome and comfortable recovery from your blepharoplasty is to select a qualified, experienced, and reputable surgeon to perform your procedure.
Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Men and women who have excess upper eyelid skin, bulging fat and skin under the eyes, and desire a more awake and youthful appearance can likely benefit from a blepharoplasty. Surgical candidates should be in good health, non-smokers, and have no contraindications to anesthesia.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for eyelid surgery is to be evaluated by an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Call Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion today, and take the first step toward turning back the clock and rejuvenating your face with a blepharoplasty!