Choosing Eyelid Surgery
Most healthy adults with realistic expectations for what surgery can accomplish are good candidates for blepharoplasty. Though the majority of eyelid surgery patients are over 35, baggy eyelids can be inherited, making the procedure attractive to some younger patients as well. Blepharoplasty is not appropriate for individuals with tear duct defects, glaucoma, and similar conditions affecting the eyes. The shape of the bones and tissue surrounding the eyes may also affect a person's candidacy for eyelid surgery. Dr. Yee always explores these limitations in detail with her Little Rock, Arkansas-area patients who are considering blepharoplasty before settling on eyelid surgery as the right procedure for their needs.
The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging, and they are a common source of concern among adults. People of any age can be afflicted with puffy eyelids or bags that make them look older and more tired than they really are. In Arkansas, Dr. Suzanne Yee offers blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) as a solution to drooping eyelids and bags beneath the eyes.
About the Blepharoplasty Procedure
Blepharoplasty at our surgery center begins with an incision along the natural creases of the upper eyelid, and/or directly underneath the lower eyelashes. Dr. Yee then separates the skin from underlying tissue and removes the excess fat, skin, and muscle that are causing the eyes to appear puffy. Finally, she stitches the incision back together, leaving the skin smooth and tight. Eyelid surgery can last anywhere from one to three hours. At our office in Arkansas, blepharoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure.
Early in the eyelid surgery recovery process, the eyelids often feel tight and sore. Dr. Yee will provide a special ointment to treat the incisions while they heal. The eyes are usually somewhat dry and irritated after surgery, so eye drops will likely be required.
Patients should rest the eyes for the first week after eyelid surgery, avoiding activities that may strain them such as reading, working with the computer, watching television, and wearing contact lenses. Most patients are able to return to these activities within five to 10 days of surgery. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses for a few weeks in order to protect the eyes from sun, wind, and other irritants. It is also important to avoid strenuous activities for about a month after blepharoplasty.
Eyelid Surgery with Facelift
In many cases, patients who are interested in blepharoplasty also choose to undergo a facelift or brow lift, since these are also common problem areas. BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers may also be appropriate to treat crows' feet around the eyes. In many cases these procedures can be performed at the same time as eyelid surgery, eliminating the need for separate surgical appointments and separate recovery times. If this approach to facial plastic surgery interests you, Dr. Yee will discuss the available combinations as well as the benefits, risks, and complications associated with the combined procedure so you can make the most informed decision possible.
Contact Us to Schedule a Blepharoplasty Consultation
If eyelid surgery sounds like the right procedure for you, please contact our practice in Arkansas for a blepharoplasty consultation. Dr. Yee works closely with eyelid surgery candidates to create individually tailored treatment plans in order to ensure the best possible results. She can answer all your questions about candidacy, cost, and more.
For more information on the services we offer, contact our cosmetic and laser surgery center today.
Love Dr. Yee! She is very caring and patient, and she answered any questions I had. She has a very knowledgeable and friendly staff as well. Highly recommend her. Best of the best!Andy A.