Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty in new england
The eyes are a special feature of the human face. Most people say the eyes are the focal point of the face when meeting a person for the first time. The eyes have also been called the “windows to the soul.”
Too bad they are also one of the first places to show signs of aging. The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body, making it more prone to the sagging and loosening that results from sun damage, personal habits such as smoking, and the decreasing amounts of collagen that come with aging. Nothing shouts, “I’m getting old” faster than wrinkled, droopy, puffy eyes.
Fortunately, eyelid surgery with Dr. Khatri can reverse these signs of aging and take a decade or more off your face.
What is eyelid surgery?
Clinically known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as necessary to give the patient a younger, more rested appearance. The procedure is popular with both women and men because the signs of aging are so obvious in the eyes. Also, the results are very dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. Most people don’t realize a person has had eyelid surgery; they only feel as though the person looks somehow younger.
Would eyelid surgery be right for me?
Almost everyone over the age of 40 could benefit from blepharoplasty. Due to their constant exposure to the sun and the environment, the eyelids and surrounding tissues can take a beating. Anyone with droopy, saggy eyelids, and bags under their eyes would benefit from the surgery.
Different types of eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery can be done on either the upper or lower eyelids, or on both in one procedure. The surgery generally involves removing excess skin and repositioning underlying fat. In some cases, eyelid surgery is necessary because the upper eyelid has drooped to such a degree it is impacting the patient’s vision.
Upper eyelid surgery
In the upper eyelid, Dr. Khatri makes the incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This hides any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed, fat repositioned or removed, and the underlying muscles, which have lost some of their tautness, are tightened. Dr. Khatri pays particular attention to fat, preferring repositioning it to removing it. He believes that removing too much fat can leave the patient with a hollowed out look.
Lower Eyelid surgery
For the lower eyelid, Dr. Khatri has two options for the incision location. It can be made just below the eyelash or inside the lower eyelid. On the lower eyelid, excess skin is often much of the problem. Its removal eliminates puffiness and bags.
How long is the eyelid surgery procedure?
It is done under local anesthesia and in an out patient setting. No need for costly hospitalization or general anesthesia. Typically, upper and lower eyelids can be done in about 2-3 hours.
Eyelid surgery recovery
It’s easy to assume eyelid surgery, with its need for delicacy, would be difficult to recover from. Actually, the opposite is true. Recovery from eyelid surgery is not overly painful and doesn’t require an extended amount of time. After your surgery, we’ll provide you with a cold compress and lubricating eye drops. If you use the compress diligently, your swelling and bruising can be kept to a minimum. Usually, Dr. Khatri will remove your stitches in about one week and your eyes will already look great. There will be some residual swelling, but that is minimal. Scarring is basically invisible, due to the ability to hide the incision locations so effectively.
How long will my results last?
The changes made with your eyelid surgery are, of course, permanent. But that doesn’t mean your eyes will magically stop aging. It’s generally thought that upper eyelid surgery shows its best results for the next seven years or so. Lower eyelid surgery lasts even longer than that. If more sagging occurs in the upper eyelids, a brow lift can often address it.