Aging does more than cause lines and wrinkles to form in multiple areas of the face and body. You may have started to notice that your eyes don’t carry the same energy they once did. Your upper eyelids might be heavy and hooded. Your lower eyelids may be saggy and baggy. Some unfortunate people have both of these concerns happening simultaneously. It is understandable why blepharoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation surgery, is so popular. Many people look into this procedure over a facelift, knowing that their eyes say a lot about them. If you have begun to wonder what eyelid rejuvenation could do for your appearance, you may also be worried that your results could look unnatural. We’ll discuss this here.
The Blepharoplasty Process
Blepharoplasty surgery, whether needed on the upper or lower eyelids, can achieve stunning results. And we mean that in the best possible way. The key is to start down this path on the right foot. Dr. Farris does this by conducting a thorough consultation and examination of the skin, fat, and bony tissue around your eyes. He also looks at the forehead to understand how the muscle and tissue there may be playing into the change in your eyes. Your consultation is the time for you to ask questions. It is the time to express, in as much detail as you would like, what you want to look like after your surgery. The goal here is to get on the same page with you and also set realistic expectations for your procedure. Generally, we expect patients to look like a younger version of themselves after their eyelid lift, not like they’ve had work done.
The blepharoplasty procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery. To begin the rejuvenation, Dr. Farris administers a local anesthetic to the tissue around your eyes. This wipes out all sensations, minus the pressure you will feel against your face, just like you might feel when your dentist is working on a tooth. Your blepharoplasty incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids, preventing noticeable scarring after you heal. To restore optimal shape and openness to your eyes, he will remove the tissue that is loose and sagging. He may slightly reposition the fatty tissue beneath the skin to achieve the smoothest contour. Using conservative trimming techniques, the doctor achieves results that look natural and subtle but also nicely noticeable. The key to achieving a natural appearance after eyelid rejuvenation surgery is to remove just enough tissue to smooth the transition across the eyelid, upper or lower.
Does One Blepharoplasty Procedure Achieve Permanent Results?
Your body continues to age regardless of the surgery you have done to correct cosmetic concerns. That said, we typically do not see patients return for a second lower blepharoplasty. This could be because the tissue under the eyes, especially when cared for extremely well, may age more slowly. With this in mind, we encourage you to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day after your eyelid rejuvenation. Your upper eyelids may show signs of loosening or sagging several years after your blepharoplasty. In this case, we do sometimes see patients for a second procedure.
Learn more about blepharoplasty and how Dr. Farris can refresh your look without an unnatural outcome. Contact our Dallas office at (214) 363-1073 to schedule your visit.