What Is A Blepharoplasty?
As we age our body changes including our upper eyelids, which leads to a “droopy” look to one’s eyes, giving one a fatigued or aged appearance. Among the more common complaints, many patients wish to address heavy upper eyelids, decreased vision, difficulty wearing makeup, and the loss of your natural eyelid crease. The procedure improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
Droopy skin over the eye makes a person appear sad or angry, while puffiness gives the illusion of you being excessively tired, even when it’s not reflective of how you genuinely feel on the inside. Dr. Zamora believes that it’s important for the appearance of your eyes to match the way that you feel on the inside, namely youthful, vital, and alert. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure from Dr. Zamora customized to correct excess skin, tissue, and fat that can contribute to puffiness and bags in both your upper and lower eyelids.
Benefits of a Blepharoplasty
As we age, the skin of our eyelids can tend to lose its elasticity and to create bulges and wrinkles on your upper and lower eyelids. Drooping eyelids negatively impact both men and women as they age, making you look tired and run down, no matter how well rested you are. When excessive skin hangs over your eyelashes, it can lead to discomfort, and your vision may become impaired. If you have sagging skin and puffiness on your upper eyelids, drooping or fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids, or bags underneath your eyes, then the benefits of an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty from Dr. Zamora may be just right for you.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For A Blepharoplasty?
Apart from medical indications, there are often cosmetic reasons for having eyelid surgery. Youthful-looking eyes give you a vital and healthy appearance, which boosts your confidence and your self-esteem. Eliminating a tired appearance, removing the puffiness of your upper and lower lids, smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, or just improving your vision that has been impaired by sagging lids with eyelid surgery from Dr. Zamora will make your eyes look refreshed and rejuvenated.
What Do I Need To Do Before A Blepharoplasty?
Just like any other surgery, it’s important to make preparations for your blepharoplasty procedure, including preparing your home for your recovery period, arranging for assistance in the first 24 hours after your procedure, and doing the following pre-operative preparations:
- Have an overall health check-up
- Complete necessary blood work
- Discontinue use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain vitamins and other supplements two weeks prior to your procedure
- Cease smoking two weeks prior to your procedure
- Alter, adjust or discontinue your current daily medications temporarily based on Dr. Zamora’s recommendation
What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Blepharoplasty?
Dr. Zamora performs this surgery under general or light sedative anesthesia. After your comfort is assured, an incision is made within the natural crease of your upper eyelid to allow for the repositioning of fat deposits and tissue and the removal of excess skin, creating a rejuvenated upper eyelid contour. If your lower lid is involved, that lid is addressed by first making a transconjunctival incision, which is hidden inside the lower eyelid or a skin incision just beneath the lash line in more severe cases of excess skin and muscle. Through this incision, fat is redistributed, some may be removed, and sagging muscles or lid margins are tightened.
How Long Does It Take To Perform A Blepharoplasty?
The time needed for the procedure is highly individualized but is usually about two to three hours.
What To Expect After A Blepharoplasty?
Patients are given prescription pain medication as well as eye drops to be used post-operatively. The results start to become apparent after about two weeks as swelling and bruising subside, revealing a smooth, better-defined eye and a rejuvenated appearance. Patients are encouraged to wear sunglasses for sunlight protection, wear glasses in place of contact lenses, and to keep their head elevated during their initial healing period. Most patients are usually able to return to work after a week, at which time they can resume light activity and begin wearing contacts again. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising or redness that remains. In addition, diligent sun protection is highly recommended.
Will I Have Scars After Getting A Blepharoplasty?
The incision lines from eyelid surgery are well concealed within the natural creases of your eyelid region.
When Will I See The Results?
As your recovery progresses and your post-operative swelling diminishes you will begin to see the full results of your blepharoplasty, as your eyelids return to their normal state, with a refreshed and restored appearance.
What Are Possible Complications Of A Blepharoplasty?
During your blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Zamora, the procedure will be explained in detail, as Dr. Zamora takes all the time necessary to find out about your goals for the surgery, in addition to discussing any possible complications of your blepharoplasty procedure.
How Long Will The Results Of A Blepharoplasty Last?
You can expect the results of your blepharoplasty to last for a long time. Your investment in a blepharoplasty will prove to be a wise investment in your current and future happiness, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost in Daytona Beach?
Because each patient has a different goal in mind, your blepharoplasty costs will vary. During your consultation, all of your questions will be answered, and we will give you a better idea of what to expect for your fee. The fee charged for your care is based on a number of factors, including the difficulty of your operation and other factors related to your surgery, and as a result, the cost of blepharoplasty varies with each patient. Fees are typically paid for in advance, and in addition to accepting cash, checks, and most major credit cards, we also offer convenient financing.
The blepharoplasty recovery period can vary depending on the extent of surgery performed. In most cases, blepharoplasty requires about one week of downtime. After this initial recovery period, patients can return to most normal activities without any difficulties. However, it may take up to two months for patients to make a full recovery.
There is no perfect age for blepharoplasty because each person ages differently. Instead, the best indicator for a blepharoplasty is the signs of aging in the eyelids. If you are experiencing sagging skin and puffiness on your upper eyelids, drooping or fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids, or bags underneath your eyes, you may be a good candidate for a blepharoplasty regardless of your age.
Blepharoplasty is not intended to change the shape of the eyes. Instead, blepharoplasty will rejuvenate the eyes by removing excess, sagging skin and redistributing and debulking fat. Afterwards, patients will maintain their natural eye shape, but with a more youthful appearance. In some cases, if patients are experiencing a distorted eye shape due to a sagging lower eyelid, then blepharoplasty can restore a natural, youthful shape to the eyes.
Sergio M. Zamora MD, FACS is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding communities in Florida. Contact us today!