Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Baton Rouge, LASchedule a Consultation
If eyes are the window to the soul, you want people to see yours clearly.
With age, eyelids can droop, and the skin around your eyes sag to the point that it might be time to think about an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). This surgical procedure can reverse years of aging with dramatic results that can make you look much more youthful and rested. For some patients, it can even improve vision as obstructive skin folds are removed.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery — or blepharoplasty — is a surgical procedure performed on the upper or lower eyelids (or both) to reposition or remove excess fat pockets and trim loose or sagging skin on the upper or lower eyelids.
This facial surgery is commonly performed in combination with brow lift surgery, facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), or non-surgical fillers and neuromodulators to achieve total facial rejuvenation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
As with most plastic surgery procedures, the best candidates are healthy individuals with no pre-existing medical conditions that could impair the healing process. Manageable expectations, not smoking, a healthy lifestyle, and no serious eye conditions are also prerequisites — meeting these conditions yield the best outcomes for this delicate surgery.
You should get an evaluation from a certified plastic surgeon — like Dr. Mary Ghere — to determine how extensive treatment will be. This consultation is also a time for you to ask questions or raise any concerns about the procedure.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Blepharoplasty is performed under general or local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.
Your incisions will depend on the extent of your surgery and whether you are undergoing upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both.
For upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made along the crease in the upper eyelid (for easy scar concealment). Upper eyelid fat is removed or relocated, and loose skin is tightened.
Incisions for the lower eyelid follow the lash line or are made just inside the lower lid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Fat deposits are delicately manipulated, and skin tightened. Finally, the incisions are closed with skin glue or sutures. Incisions are covered with ointment and usually do not require dressings.
In some cases, surgery will be performed on the upper lid paired with laser treatment on the lower lid.
What Is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?
Your surgical team will send you home with specific instructions for post-operative care. Be sure to follow these precisely to avoid pain and/or infection. Medication and soothing ointments should take care of any irritation at the incision site.
Sutures will be removed during a follow-up appointment one week following surgery; absorbable sutures will disappear on their own over time.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect From Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery results should be visible immediately as swelling and bruising subside.
Although normal activities can be resumed in about 10 days, it can take up to several months for the healing process to complete. Blepharoplasty results can be dramatic and are usually long lasting as well.
Wearing sunglasses and sun protection will help maintain your newly refreshed look for years to come.
Interested in Blepharoplasty in Baton Rouge, LA?
If you live in the greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area and are curious about how eyelid surgery can turn back the clock, give the friendly staff at Ghere Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery a call. They can answer all your questions about the procedure and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghere. Call 225-412-4774 or use our contact form.