Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The skin around the eyes is often one of the first features to show signs of aging. The development of wrinkles and droopy eyelids can cause people to look tired even though they may not feel that way. Eyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty,” can reverse the signs of aging in the eyes by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. Dr. Sarah Mess regularly performs eyelid surgery in Columbia, Maryland for individuals who desire a more youthful appearance around their eyes. (click here to see Eyelid Surgery before and after photos)
Ideal Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are in good overall health and do not have any eye conditions or allergies that would impair healing. Although the procedure is generally performed on individuals who are 35 years of age or older, eyelid surgery can be performed on patients who are younger if surgery is needed. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and desire to correct one or more of the following problems:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Wrinkles underneath or around the eyes
- Puffiness and dark spots beneath the eyelids
- Excess skin in the lower eyelids
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
In many cases, a medical evaluation will be needed in order to make sure the patient has no persistent allergies or other eye problems. During a consultation, individuals will need to tell Dr. Mess if they are on any medications, as some prescriptions may have an adverse affect on the results of eyelid surgery. Patients will also need to stop smoking and taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin well in advance of the procedure because these can cause complications during surgery and impair healing.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
There are many eyelid surgery techniques that can be performed to improve the upper and lower eyelids. During your consultation with Dr. Mess, you will discuss which aspects of the eyes you wish to improve and she will determine which technique(s) will provide you with the best results.
To make the lower eyelids appear more youthful and rejuvenated, Dr. Mess will make an incision underneath the lower eyelashes. Through this incision, excess skin and fat are removed to eliminate the puffy appearance that exists and to provide a taut, more attractive appearance. In some instances where only fat tissue needs to be removed, Dr. Mess may make an incision in the lower eyelid that will be virtually unnoticeable. After the desired look is achieved, the incisions are sutured.
To restore a revitalized look to the upper eyelids, Dr. Mess will make an inconspicuous incision in the natural fold of the upper eyelid, which allows her to remove excess skin and fat tissue. Occasionally, some fat may be added back into certain areas of the eyelid to form a more attractive contour. Once a better eyelid appearance is achieved, Dr. Mess will close the incisions with sutures.
Recovery: What to Expect after Your Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery recovery requires patients to keep their head elevated for the first few days to minimize swelling and bruising. A special lubricating ointment as well as cold compresses should be applied to the eye area to speed recovery. Your vision may be somewhat blurry and your eyes may feel sensitive to light for a couple of days, but eye drops can help alleviate these symptoms. Patients usually return to work about a week after surgery, once the sutures are removed. To maintain the results of eyelid surgery, sunscreen and sunglasses should be worn to protect against over-exposure to the sun or wind.
How much does Eyelid Surgery cost
The total cost of an eyelid procedure depends on various factors, including:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests
* The total cost will be affected if eyelid surgery is performed in conjunction with an additional procedure, such as a “Mommy Makeover,” neck lift, or facelift.
Results after Eyelid Surgery
The results of eyelid surgery will not be immediately noticeable once surgery is complete. As swelling subsides over the next 5 to10 days and as the eyes adjust to their new contour, patients are usually thrilled with the results of the procedure. By providing a youthful and more alert appearance to the eye area, patients also tend to feel more confident knowing that their eyes appear more attractive.
Dr. Mess specializes in eyelid surgery at her Columbia, Maryland practice and frequently attracts patients from the Baltimore and Bethesda areas that desire eyelid surgery. To see actual results of Dr. Mess’ surgical expertise, please feel free to view eyelid surgery before and after pictures in our photo gallery. You can also see additional photos during your consultation.
Dr. Sarah Mess is a board certified plastic surgeon. She is a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). She is dedicated to providing each of her patients with the results they desire while making sure that they are cared for with the utmost safety. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mess, please call (410) 910-2350 today.
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