Sometimes it isn’t about fitness or eating right, choosing the right supplements or moisturizer. All the best proactive choices can’t defeat genetics or time. One of the most common procedures at 8 West Clinic is blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. It’s a short day surgery with minimal recovery time that can correct defects, deformities and age-related changes to the delicate skin around your eyes.
Many of our patients are like Gillian. Her family genetics created a heavier eyelid. Coupled with time, this created an eyelid that drooped and folded over itself. Gillian says she was aware of constantly looking exhausted and felt that her outer appearance wasn’t quite matching up with how she felt on the inside. After very thorough research, she made the decision to book her blepharoplasty surgery with Dr. Thomas Buonassisi because of his specialized area of expertise, and his more than 18 years experience performing blepharoplasty surgery.
Eyes have some of the most delicate structures in our bodies. As we age they, like everything else, are impacted by gravity, UV light and simply by repeated movements that cause deterioration. Everyday our friends, family and colleagues look into our eyes, so being self-conscious about what they are seeing is very common as we age. An eyelid surgery is a quick way to refresh your look and take years off your appearance to help you to regain your confidence.
The goal of a blepharoplasty is to restore functioning of the eyelid and the appearance of the eye area. This can be done by smoothing muscles, tightening the support structure of the area, removing excess skin and removing excess fat to create a smooth transition to the rest of the face. The surgery usually follows natural folds in they eye and eye-area leading to nearly imperceptible visible scars.
There are different approaches to consider when treating the lower eyelids. Your consultation will discuss both transconjunctival blepharoplasty – a procedure that utilizes the back of the eyelid leaving no visible scars, and subciliary blepharoplasty – a procedure that uses the natural folds of the eye for incisions. A consultation should also discuss the goals you have for your appearance, the plan for removing fat and how underlying muscles will be approached to achieve your best outcome. Similar procedures are also available for monolid eyes.
Rejuvenating the eye area with a blepharoplasty surgical procedure can almost instantly take years off your appearance, making you appear more rested, refreshed and alert. It can reduce the appearance of chronic fatigue and stress that is associated with drooping, puffy eyes. Droopy eyelids are often genetic and can’t really be corrected in any other way. While most of our patients are in their late 40’s & 50’s, it is not an uncommon procedure for younger patients who have inherited this appearance due to genetics.
If you have tried other treatments in the past to rejuvenate your eyes, like wrinkle relaxing injections or dermal fillers, and over time are no longer getting enough of a visible result, it is worth a discussion with top facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Buonassisi to learn more about how blepharoplasty may be an appropriate solution for you. The procedure is very often combined with other treatments such as laser resurfacing, dermal fillers or sometimes even a brow lift to achieve a more dramatic overall change. For example, a blepharoplasty will not treat concerns such as crow’s feet or dark circles, which is where wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal filler can come in and be an ideal solution.
There is a reason that Blepharoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures at 8 West Clinic. The surgery is relatively quick, and will have you home the same day. The recovery has you returning to your regular activities generally within a week. Typical results see swelling resolve in about a week but others may have swelling for several weeks. As Gillian mentions, her experience was relatively pain free but at times itchy – typical of skin healing. It is possible to have temporary changes to sensations around the eye area and patients may experience temporary eye irritation or dry eyes. 8 West Clinic has a team of experts to support all of your needs and monitor your healing and progress during your entire journey.
If you are considering blepharoplasty surgery, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of our complimentary pre consultation. This is a discussion with a knowledgeable patient care expert who can help determine what procedure might be right for you, give you more information about recovery and help schedule a meeting with Dr. Buonassisi if you are ready to take that step.
Have a look at more amazing blepharoplasty before and after results.