It has often been said that your eyes are the “windows to your soul”, because they are the most expressive way to communicate our emotions. Unfortunately, your eyes can also be deceiving if the significant effects of aging have altered them. Instead of looking rested, alert and energetic, drooping eyelids or puffy bags under the eyes can make you appear to be tired, run-down, angry or unhappy. If you feel like your eyes make you look older, sad or fatigued, you may want to consider cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called Blepharoplasty.
How is the procedure performed?
Depending on your features and the recommendation of Dr. Wang, you may undergo cosmetic eyelid enhancement on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Through a strategically placed incision, the upper eyelid procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue. The incision is placed in the natural contour of the eyelid, resulting in it being camouflaged upon healing. Lower eyelid procedures also involve the removal of excess skin and fat. The incision may be made just under the lower lash line or inside the lower lid. Through a personal consultation, Dr. Wang will decide the best approach for revitalizing your eyelids.
How will I look and feel afterwards?
Every patient varies in degree of bruising and healing, thus preventing a specific answer. We can offer a general outline of expectations:
- If bruising or swelling appears, it usually emerges within the first few days. Resting with the head elevated and icing diligently for 20 minutes of every hour (while awake) for the first 2-3 days will help alleviate these conditions.
- Within the first week, the stitches will dissolve or be removed; cosmetics can be used to cover any temporary residual discoloration from bruising. You may also resume any normal activities considered non-strenuous.
- After a few weeks you may resume vigorous exercise and wearing contact lenses.
What kind of risks are involved?
Eyelid surgery is a safe procedure that has been performed for over 75 years. Thousands of men and women experience this surgery every year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Your surgeon can discuss the details with you in the personal consultation.
How long will last?
Your eyes and, consequently, your entire expression will look younger for years. Discuss with your physician the best way to maintain your results.