Do you always look tired and worn out, even when you have an abundance of energy? Do people say you look like you’re constantly frowning, even though you’re feeling great? These underlying cause of these issues might be with your eyes. The eyes are very expressive, and can tell people a lot about us. Normally, the eyes can give people a glimpse at how we really feel.

But sometimes the eyes can be deceiving as a result of aging. As we get older excessive skin around the eyes can begin to form, or the eyelids begin to droop. These issues can make you look tired and irritable, even when the opposite is true. Aside from cosmetic issues, droopy eyelids can also cause vision problems and even make your eyelids feel unnecessarily heavy.

Blepharoplasty may be the answer

A blepharoplasty can fix these problems, making you look younger and more energetic. The procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the area around the eyes. For the upper eyelid, the surgeon makes the incision in the natural crease of the eye, so if there’s scarring, it will be minimal and out of sight. Finally, the surgeon will use either removable or absorbable sutures, depending on where the incisions were made. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to ensure everything is healing properly and to address any patient concerns about recovery.

Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

Only our board certified cosmetic surgeons can tell you if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. During your initial consultation you’ll need to provide complete medical history so the doctor is aware of any past problems, medical conditions or other issues that might complicate this procedure. The doctor will also examine the areas around the eyes to confirm that this is the right surgery for you. Finally, the doctor will give you your options based on his assessment. If you are a good candidate, you’ll discuss the specifics of the procedure, including your preference for anesthesia (local or general can be used).

What is the recovery like?

While the recovery time can vary between patients, most patients can start resuming normal activities within about a week, and be fully recovered within two or three weeks. The doctor will also instruct you on using lubricating ointment and a cold compress to help the healing process. A pain reliever may be prescribed, though many patients find that over-the-counter pain medications are enough to relieve any discomfort.

Now is a great time for a blepharoplasty

The winter months are perfect for people considering this procedure because the days are short and people spend much more time indoors than they do during the summer. Also, people generally aren’t as active during the winter, giving you a much easier and more relaxed recovery time.

If you are concerned about your eyelids drooping or have excessive skin under your eyes, call us to make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our very experienced plastic surgeons. We can get you on your way to seeing better, looking better and feeling better before the snow starts to melt.