Who is a candidate for a blepharoplasty?

Surgery of the eyelids to remove excess skin and protruding fat is a very popular procedure which opens up the eyes to create a more relaxed, rested and youthful appearance. As one ages, there are several changes that occur to the upper face. The brows descend, fine lines start to emerge around the eyes and forehead, and the eyes begin to be hidden amongst extra skin and puffiness. This is not just a problem with advanced age, however. Dr. Saxon often sees patients in their 30s and 40s who simply have a very small amount of excess skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids that causes smudging after makeup is applied which can be very annoying. As one ages further there is even more excess skin and potentially some protrusion of pockets of fat around the eye socket. Gone are the days of removing all of this fat as it actually ages the face. Now, only a smaller amount is actually removed or repositioned to reverse the consequences of time. Many eyelid procedures can be done in the office under local anesthesia.

Dr. Saxon will perform a comprehensive exam during your consultation to address all of your concerns and use a technique tailored to your specific needs.

What is recovery like after blepharoplasty?

After blepharoplasty there will be an incision within the crease of the upper or lower eyelid that is closed with sutures. Many times Dr. Saxon uses sutures that dissolve. For those with darker skin you may have sutures that do not dissolve and need to be removed 3-4 days after surgery. Swelling and bruising peak 1-2 days after surgery. Instructions are given to apply ice to the eyes and keep the head elevated to minimize this. Many experience temporary dry eye and need to use artificial tears for several weeks. If dry eye was already present before the procedure it will likely worsen for a brief period of time. Once swelling has subsided many go about their daily routine while wearing sunglasses in public. The incisions around the eyes tend to heal almost undetectably.

Are you interested in blepharoplasty?