Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
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 or an eye lift, 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.
Laser Blepharoplasty vs Traditional Blepharoplasty
In traditional blepharoplasty, a cold steel knife is used to cut the skin and remove the excess fat. With laser assisted blepharoplasty, a sharply focused CO2 laser is used to cut the skin and remove the fat. Laser blepharoplasty causes less bleeding and bruising, which leads to a faster recovery.
good candidates for blepharoplasty
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 one or more of the following examples would benefit a great deal from the surgery.
- Droopy eyelids that impact vision
- Saggy eyelids
- Bags under their eyes
Blepharoplasty surgery before and after
eyelid surgery Procedure options
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. 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.
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.
Laser Eyelid Surgery procedure
During the initial consultation, the entire procedure, expected results and complications are all discussed with Dr. Khatri. Along with addressing all questions and possible concerns, we provide patients with their necessary prescriptions as well. Skin measurements are taken to ensure that the right amount of skin is removed. Surgical lines are marked followed by the injection of local anesthesia and application of anesthetic drops into the eyes. We wait for the anesthesia to take effect before commencing the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, laser and/or surgical knife are used to cut and remove the skin. Once we remove the skin, we identify the fat pads and remove them. We make sure there is no active bleeding. Once the procedure is complete, we put stitches in and dress the incision.
We have our patients return in one week for suture removal. After that, patients are seen one, three and six months after the procedure for follow up.
Dr. Khatri performing eyelid surgery on a patient.
Eye lift 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.
All patients’ experience bruising and swelling of varying degrees which can usually last about a week are so. However, in some patients it can last longer. 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 and take about 3-6 months to see the final results. 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.