Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas by Dr. Michael Devlin can help you look refreshed and rejuvenated. The eyelids can begin to sag over time as skin loses elasticity. This can cause you to look tired, sad, and aged beyond your years. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, is a great option to consider if you would like to restore an alert, youthful look. By removing excess skin and fat around the eyes, and artfully tightening the remaining tissue, To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact our Little Rock, AR, office today.
Deciding if Eyelid Surgery is Right for You
Blepharoplasty can correct hooded lids, under-eye bags, and muscle laxity. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your eyelids, or if drooping eyelids are obstructing your vision, you may be a candidate for blepharoplasty. Generally speaking, patients in good overall health who do not smoke are usually the best candidates for any kind of plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Devlin can help you achieve a very natural-looking result that makes those around you wonder where you took your relaxing vacation, rather than who performed your eyelid lift. If you have sagging skin elsewhere on your face, Dr. Devlin may combine your blepharoplasty with a face lift or other facial procedure. During an in-depth consultation, you and Dr. Devlin will discuss the procedure or combination of procedures that can give you the appearance you desire.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Some patients prefer to have upper or lower eyelid surgery performed individually, and some choose to combine the two. Dr. Devlin will administer anesthesia to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure. You should plan to have a friend or loved one transport you home following surgery.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty begins with Dr. Devlin creating incisions in the natural creases of your eyelid. At this time, drooping or heavy eyelids are corrected by excising fat deposits and excess skin. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions once the remaining tissues have been tightened.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is performed by creating an incision below the lower lash line. Excess skin and fat are removed from the lower eyelid, reducing puffiness and bags. Sometimes lower eyelid surgery can be performed from the inside of the eyelid, thereby completely eliminating visible scarring.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will return home the same day as your surgery. The first few days immediately following your blepharoplasty surgery, you will need to sleep with your head elevated. Typically, Dr. Devlin's patients return to work after about 10 days. Patients are advised to avoid any activity that might increase blood flow to the eyelids for three to four weeks. Dr. Devlin will provide you with detailed recovery instructions according to the extent of your treatment and other factors.
If sagging eyelids are obstructing your vision, or just making you look older than you feel, we are here to help. To learn more about blepharoplasty and the other facial plastic surgery procedures Dr. Devlin offers, contact us today.