The eyes are a focal point of the face, and aging changes around the eyes can cause a person to appear tired or older than they really are. Sagging upper lids or baggy, puffy lower lids brought about by the aging process can make for a less than favorable first impression.
Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a safe, popular procedure to remove unwanted fat and excess skin from around the eyes, restoring a youthful and refreshed appearance to the entire face. Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with a brow lift or a facelift for more complete treatment of facial aging issues.
What to expect from the procedure
Your Charlotte NC blepharoplasty will be performed on an outpatient basis in one of our AAAASF-accredited surgical facilities. We have locations in Charlotte, Gastonia, Denver, Cornelius, Shelby, and Hickory, NC. General anesthesia is typically administered to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure that typically takes about one hour. The length of surgery depends on whether both upper and lower lids are being addressed, and on whether any additional procedures are being performed at the same time.
To minimize any visible scarring, incisions are confined to the natural crease of the upper lid, or the lower lash line. Through these carefully placed incisions the surgeon is able to excise excess hanging skin and remove the excess fat that can cause the appearance of bags under the eyes. The incisions are then closed with ultra-fine sutures. Every effort is made to provide the patient with a natural result that helps them appear refreshed and youthful.
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Selecting the best plastic surgeon for your blepharoplasty
At PPSD, we are one of the largest groups of qualified, board certified plastic surgeons in the region. Even though we are a large practice, our goal is to provide you with a personalized, boutique experience that is personalized to your needs. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all surgery, but instead tailor each treatment plan to the individual patient, for youthful, natural appearing results, and the end goal of giving you the best eyelid surgery Charlotte NC could offer you.
The first step in any cosmetic surgery is a consultation with your surgeon. During this visit, the doctor will examine your eyelids, review your medical records (including any reports or prescriptions from an eye doctor), survey before and after photos, discuss your goals for surgery, and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the cosmetic surgeries that are best for you. While eyelid surgery can correct certain vision problems resulting from low-hanging lids, if you have a history of other eye conditions it may be necessary to consult with an ophthalmologist before attempting blepharoplasty.
Your Charlotte plastic surgeon will work with you to arrive at the best treatment plan for your needs. We will review the procedure and what you can expect, from the anesthesia used to the details of your recovery. Most patients leave their consultation feeling exhilarated and excited to take the next step. For your convenience, PPSD has offices throughout the Charlotte, NC region including in the cities of Gastonia, Hickory, and Shelby. We also welcome out-of-town patients.
Most PPSD patients find that recovery from eyelid surgery is uneventful and swift. You may receive eye-lubricating drops or ointments, cold compresses, and pain medications to manage any temporary discomfort. Remember that it’s natural for eyelids to feel a bit sore as the anesthesia wears off. Blurry vision, tearing, and dryness are also normal in the early postoperative period.
The doctor will recommend that you keep your head elevated for the first few days in order to decrease swelling. Additionally, contact lenses usually need to be avoided for up to two weeks. A full set of aftercare instructions will be provided, including tips on how to clean your eyes and how to keep them well-hydrated. Sutures will be removed after 7-10 days, and normal activities and exercise may usually be resumed within 10-21 days. If you experience anything out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to call the office. The PPSD team is ready to assist you and guide you through a successful recovery and a result you can enjoy for years.
An Eye Lift for a Fresh Look
Young people have that fresh, wide-eyed look that is so appealing. Unfortunately, as time passes, and skin loses its elasticity, the eyelids begin to droop, creating noticeable folds just above the eyes. In some cases, the folds are so extensive that vision is somewhat impaired. In other people, sagging eyelids just leave them looking tired and older than their years. It is astounding how much an eyelid lift can change the overall appearance of your face – it is subtle, but significant.
Obviously, a procedure such as eyelid surgery should be performed by a plastic surgeon that understands the utmost importance of achieving a natural-looking result. It takes more than education and training to achieve a beautiful result in any procedure – it takes artistry and skill. At our practice, we are proud of our professional standing, the impressive credentials of our plastic surgeons, and of our many happy patients.
Genetics Plays a Role in Droopy Eyes
Genetics plays a significant role in your eye shape, and how much droop and sag we will have as we move into middle age. Some people have fleshy, puffy eyelids that look attractive while young, but as the years pass, these puffy lids sag, giving a tired, worn appearance to the face. Whether you are interested in eyelid surgery to change an eye shape you inherited from your family, or to restore a more youthful appearance, the first step is to let us evaluate your eyes, the condition of your skin, and your overall health, and talk to you about what to expect. We have thousands of happy former patients, and many of them were referred directly to us by friends and family. Our entire medical team is very proud of the beautiful results we are able to create with our Charlotte eyelid surgery.
Upper Eyelid Surgery and Lower Eyelid Surgery
You may need both upper and lower eyelid surgery, or just one. If you have puffy bags under your eyes, “festoons,” or dark circles, there are specific surgical procedures that can resolve these conditions. Festoons are different than under-eye bags, and are associated with a condition called edema, in which the body collects watery fluid in the tissue, leading to large, bulky bags that significantly alter your appearance. Bags under the eyes are typically caused by fat deposits or excess skin that is located directly under the eyes. Both conditions can be resolved with the correctly applied procedure, and an eye for facial balance and a natural result. Some patients, to restore a fresh, more youthful appearance, will require both upper and lower eyelid surgeries. A full evaluation of your condition is necessary to correctly advise you about which surgical techniques will work best for you.
Out-Patient Surgery Center for Eyelid Surgery in Charlotte
Most eyelid surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis. You will be able to return home the same day as your surgery, but will need someone to drive you. The surgery usually leaves the patient with minimal pain, and you will be prescribed mild painkillers so you are comfortable during the recovery period. It is important that you have sufficient time set aside so you can rest and heal. During your recovery, you should eat a healthy, nutritious diet and drink plenty of liquids for hydration. The swelling from your procedure will reduce quickly, usually gone within a week or ten days, and most patients can return to work one week after the procedure. All of our patients are given post-surgery instructions, and it is important that these are followed carefully, so that the healing process is a swift as possible. Within a short time, you will get the full results of your surgery, with a fresh, more youthful appearance.