It’s impossible to ignore aging eyes. When wrinkles start to form and the eyelids start to sag, those flaws may become the only thing you notice when you look in the mirror. There isn’t much you can do to prevent aging from affecting your eyelids, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to address signs of aging.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, provides a way to correct the issues that aging causes and completely rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Cox has performed numerous eyelid surgeries over his career. He can provide you with the natural-looking and beautiful results you are looking for.
Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Good candidates for blepharoplasty include those with noticeable eyelid sagging, fine wrinkles on their eyelids, and puffy bags underneath their eyes. In case of severe upper-eyelid sagging, the skin of the upper eyelids may begin to droop down far enough to obstruct the person’s field of vision.
Patients who are interested in blepharoplasty should be in good overall health. During the initial consultation, Dr. Cox will evaluate your current health, go over your medical history, and examine the condition of your eyelids. He will use this information to formulate a personalized surgical plan.
The upper-eyelid skin is incredibly thin and delicate. Over time, the eyelid skin begins to lose its strength and elasticity, causing wrinkles and sagging. These issues can make it appear as if you are fatigued, bored, or disinterested all the time.
In order to properly rejuvenate the appearance of the eye, Dr. Cox will focus on three key issues:
- Loose eyelid skin
- Fine wrinkles
- Stretched-out eyelid muscles
Dr. Cox will carefully excise excess skin, trim and tighten loose muscles, and lift and tighten the remaining eyelid skin. This will ensure that the eyelids have a smooth and youthful appearance and will make the eyes look more vibrant and refreshed.
The primary problem that occurs in the lower eyelids is the accumulation of excess fat. This issue gives the lower eyelids a puffy appearance and can make it look like you never get enough sleep no matter how well rested you are.
In order to even out the appearance of the lower eyelids, a very small incision is made in the inside of the lower eyelid to avoid leaving any visible post-surgical marks. Excess fat is then repositioned or removed. Some fat must always be left in the area to avoid giving the eyes a sunken appearance.
The Healing Process
After blepharoplasty, the patient will not be able to drive themselves home. Therefore, it will be important to arrange for a family member or friend to give you a ride home after the procedure.
During the recovery process, there will be a degree of post-surgical swelling and bruising in the eye area. To reduce these issues, cold compresses can be placed against the area. You will also need to wear sunglasses to protect your healing tissues from wind and debris. Wearing a strong sunscreen will also be vital, as will avoiding excess sun.
Schedule Your Procedure Today
If the beauty of your eyes is being diminished by loose eyelid skin and excess fat, contact our Baton Rouge office to schedule a consultation for your blepharoplasty with Dr. Cox. He can restore the vibrant youthful beauty of your eyes.