“The Eyes Have It…”
It has been said that your eyes are the “windows to your soul” because they reveal so much about you. Unfortunately, your eyes can be deceiving if the effects of aging have altered them. If you feel that your eyes make you look older, sad, or fatigued, then you are a good candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery. Instead of looking rested and alert, you may appear tired, run-down, or angry. This may be due to drooping eyelids or puffy bags under the eyes. Ask Drs. Diamantis and/or Goldschmidt if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift is known as blepharoplasty in Cleveland, Canton, Ohio. It is a procedure to remove excess skin and sometimes fat and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery decreases the “old and tired looking” appearance of your eyes. This will correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags under your eyes. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in-conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift or facelift. Are you concerned about “bags under your eyes”? Do you have extra skin under your eyes,or sagging upper eyelids that make you look old and tired? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Eyelid Surgery was the third most common procedure for women and second most common procedure for men in 2000.
Your exact procedure depends on your specific goals combined with your eyelids’ general physical condition. Critical factors include the following: the effect of sun damage, your skin’s thickness and elasticity, already existing wrinkling, the amount and distribution of eyelid fat, your underlying bone structure, allergies, heredity, and other factors to be discussed with your surgeon. An Eyelid Lift can help you achieve eyes that appear larger and more attractive, resulting in a brighter, refreshed look. Depending on some of the factors discussed above, you may need a simple Eyelid Lift, or a combination of several procedures. Patients with good skin quality can have an Eyelid Lift without any incisions on the skin (Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty). If the skin is very wrinkled and of poor quality, a more extensive Eyelid Lift may be necessary. In fact, Eyelid Lifts are often combined with Browlifts to smooth the forehead as well. A Chemical Peel or laser skin resurfacing (Pixel Perfect) may be recommended to lighten the dark circles beneath the eyes or to smooth crow’s feet around your eyes. Drs. Diamantis and/or Goldschmidt will determine the best combination of procedures to achieve your desired result.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you are experiencing any one or a combination of the following conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for aesthetic eyelid surgery from Dr. Diamantis and Dr. Goldschmidt:
- Puffy/swollen appearance to the eyelids resulting in eyes which appear tired or fatigued
- Excess skin sagging from the upper eyelids
- Upper eyelids which are obscured as a result of excessive skin
- Fine wrinkles and excess skin of the lower eyelids
- Dark circles and bags under the eyes
How is Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery Performed?
One of several surgical techniques may be suggested to improve the appearance of your eyelids. The particular technique that will be recommended to you will depend on many factors such as the amount of excess fat and skin in the eyelid areas, the position of your eyebrows, and the condition of muscles around your eyelids. For an upper blepharoplasty in Cleveland, Canton, Ohio, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed. For lower eyelid surgery, your doctor may decide that the best approach for removing excess fat is through an incision placed inside the lower eyelid. As mentioned above, this technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. A chemical peel (Pixel Perfect) may sometimes be used in conjunction with this method to tighten the lower eyelid skin. In some cases, an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes (subciliary incision). Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. As in upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases. Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) is performed in the privacy of our AAAHC accredited office under local anesthesia and/or general anesthesia. There are no bandages or dressings that are required. You recover peacefully in our state of the art recovery room.
Risks of Eyelid Lifts (Blepharoplasty)
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from eyelid surgery. Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful eyelid surgery, experience no major problems, and are pleased with their results. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, and reactions to anesthesia. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. There is a possibility of a temporary decrease in sensation of the eyelid skin or impaired eyelid function that sometimes may need to be corrected by additional surgery. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Diamantis and/or Goldschmidt, both before and after your eyelid surgery. The goal of Dr. Diamantis and Dr. Goldschmidt at Cleveland Cosmetic Surgery in Lakewood, Canton and Cleveland, Ohio is to make your surgical experience as easy, comfortable, and safe as possible.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Aesthetic eyelid surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed, and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results of your eyelid surgery. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible. The results of aesthetic eyelid surgery are long lasting, but they may be affected by your heredity and lifestyle factors. Removal of fat from your eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, is permanent, and these conditions generally will not recur. The skin continues to age, however, and skin laxity along with fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may, at some point, return. Sometimes loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows, which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. If this happens, correction may require a Browlift or a secondary blepharoplasty in Cleveland, Ohio.
Follow-up after an Eyelid Lift
Drs. Diamantis and Goldschmidt pride themselves in giving the most comprehensive care. This includes guiding you through the post operative phase of healing. You will return to the Cleveland Cosmetic Surgery for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time, your progress will be evaluated. Before and After Photos will be taken to clearly illustrate your results. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact our Canton or Cleveland offices.
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