What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a term used to describe any cosmetic surgery that aims to improve signs of aging on the upper and lower eyelids. It creates a more youthful and vibrant look by reducing or eliminating sagging eyelid skin, wrinkles and fine lines, heavy bags under the eyes, or excess skin and fatty deposits in the immediate eye area, leaving the patient with a more rested, refreshed, and alert appearance.

In addition to adding years to a person’s face, issues like drooping upper eyelids can also hinder visibility, which is why eyelid surgery is also performed for functional improvement.

Reasons To Undergo Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Since the eyes are usually one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure to help one achieve a more rejuvenated appearance. It is also ideal for rectifying impaired vision caused by advanced aging in the eye area, which usually includes sagging skin and fatty deposits that block eyesight.

An eyelid surgery can help improve the following:

  1. Droopy, tired-looking eyes
  2. Excess eyelid skin
  3. Large, heavy eyebags
  4. Deep creases and wrinkles in the eye area

What Are The Benefits Of Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgeries give you a new and rejuvenated look by improving the appearance of the eye area. However, it requires surgical precision and artistry to achieve the best results possible, which is why it should be performed by a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facial rejuvenation surgeries.

Dr. Jacob Sedgh is double-board facial certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery on the head and neck, and he creates subtle but significant results that  include benefits such as:

  1. Eyes that appear bigger and wider
  2. Smoother skin around the eye area
  3. Reduced excess skin and fatty deposits
  4. Refreshed appearance

Dr. Sedgh cares about his patients and strives to tailor each procedure to meet each patient’s specific eyelid problems and surgical goals. During the initial consultation, the doctor listen patiently as you describe your desired outcome, then he will evaluate your eye area and make the most optimum solution to achieve the best results. He will also:

  1. Inquire about your medical and surgical history
  2. Perform a thorough physical examination
  3. Discuss the procedure and address your questions and concerns
  4. Formulate the best surgical execution plan for your specific case

Patients from out-of-town or overseas may consult with Dr. Sedgh through video consultations. If you decide to push through with the procedure, the doctor’s office can also assist in arranging your travel logistics. This includes hotel accommodations, car services, and even aftercare assistance to ensure a worry-free trip.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Eyelid surgery typically follows a very standard approach, although each procedure must be tailored to each patient accordingly, as the techniques to be used will depend on factors such as skin condition, facial muscle structure, brow symmetry and position, and bone structure.

Before the procedure, you will be placed under local sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery.

Dr. Sedgh will then create precise incisions on the upper or lower eyelids, depending on the area to be treated, to make the necessary adjustments. With upper eyelid surgery, the incision is usually placed within the natural creases of the lid. As for the lower eyelid, the incision is usually placed inside the lid to avoid visible scars, but in some cases where there is excessive lower lid skin, a strategic pinch excision just under the lash line can be performed. When done correctly, this technique usually heals well and will be barely noticeable even to the trained eye.

Dr. Sedgh uses the most advanced techniques in eyelid surgery that involve fat repositioning and distribution to ensure a more youthful and relaxed appearance without looking hollow or “skeletonized,” which were some the drawbacks of of the more traditional (and outdated) blepharoplasty techniques of the past.

Once the desired alterations have been made, Dr. Sedgh will close the incisions and apply light surgical dressings to protect the treated area as you heal from the procedure.

Eyelid surgery usually takes an hour or two to finish, but this will vary depending on the extent or the amount of surgical enhancements to be applied.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that is normally performed in the doctor’s office. But due to the nature of the surgery, make sure to arrange for someone to take you home and assist you within the first 24 to 48 hours. If this is not possible, Dr. Sedgh’s office can also make aftercare arrangements for you.

Patients normally experience bruising or swelling around the eye area immediately after the procedure. Dr. Sedgh will provide specific aftercare instructions and prescribe certain medications to help manage these initial side effects.

The first post-op consultation is usually the day after the surgery, whether through an quick clinic visit, over the phone, or via video conferencing. Dr. Sedgh strives to be in close contact with his patients as they go through the recovery process, which is why he will personally monitor and assess your progress from the first day up to a year after your surgery.

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