A person’s eyes are one of the most defining features that determine the facial aesthetics. Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyelids can make the face appear old and tired. Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to correct the aging signs and restore youthful and alert looking eyes.
The procedure involves a number of steps, which may marginally vary depending on the type of surgical technique chosen for upper or lower eyelids. The surgeon will educate the patient about eyelid surgery and the steps involved in it at the time of initial consultation. Once the patient is clear about what the procedure will entail, they will feel more confident about it.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center (MBody), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides eyelid surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations in this part of the Atlantic northeast.
Local anesthesia with light sedation is often used to perform eyelid surgery. But if multiple facial procedures are involved or the patient has higher anxiety levels, the surgeon may recommend general anesthesia. The patient’s fitness levels will be evaluated before they are cleared for anesthesia and surgery.
If the procedure involves lower eyelid surgery, the procedure will begin with the surgeon making small incisions in natural skin creases below the lower eyelashes. Excess skin and fat will be removed through the incisions, and if necessary, the underlying muscles may also be repositioned.
Sometimes depressions causing dark circles may be present below the lower eyelids. In such case, the surgeon will perform facial fat transfer or cosmetic filler injections in addition to lower eyelid lift. Incisions will be carefully closed once the plastic surgery procedure is completed.
In this case, the incisions will be created in the natural creases of the upper eyelids. Excess skin will be excised through the incisions to eliminate the droopy effect in the upper lids, and correct any issues of vision obstruction. Weak or sagging muscles may also be tightened through the incisions.
Following the removal of loose skin, the surgeon will lift and reattach the remaining skin to create smoother, youthful looking upper lids. Fine sutures will be applied to close the wounds. Profound and judicious plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and other cities and communities in this geographical region for eyelid surgery.
In some cases, the patient may only require excess fat removal around the eyelids, but not skin tightening. In such case, the surgeon may perform a transconjunctival eyelid surgery. The procedure is relatively less invasive and ideally suited for patients who do not suffer from under eye bags.
In this procedure, the surgeon will place small incisions inside the lower eyelid. Through the incisions, excess fat deposits will be removed or redistributed. Muscle tightening and skin removal are not a part of this procedure. Eyelid surgery procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, but the patient will have to go through a recovery process of a few days to achieve best outcomes.
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