Undergoing the procedure for the upper, lower or both eyelids can leave you with a vibrant, refreshed appearance that can make a great difference in how you look and feel. This relatively short procedure, lasting approximately an hour or two, can change the tired and concerned look from your appearance and can “turn back time” for your face, leaving you with a restful, younger appearance.
Blepharoplasty is performed to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – the very features that make you look older and more fatigued than you are and feel! In many cases, these drooping eyelids may even interfere with your vision.
Are You a Candidate?
The ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. Most patients who elect to have this procedure are 35 or older, but in some circumstances, patients with a family history of droopy, baggy eyelids decide to have blepharoplasty at a younger age. Our Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Joly and Dr. Abugo, are uniquely qualified to evaluate not only the eyelids but also the overall health of your eyes and your vision.
Virginia Eye Consultants patient of Dr. Tom Joly describes her experience with Blepharoplasty after suffering from Graves Disease.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Blepharoplasty is among the most common cosmetic surgical facial treatments performed by Facial Plastic Surgeons today. The procedure involves removing or repositioning fat and excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Some bruising can be expected, however you may cover it with makeup usually in one week. Most of Dr. Joly’s patients are able to resume their normal activities within five days. Within a couple of weeks, expect friends and acquaintances to ask you if you have been on vacation or have gotten more rest? This is such a great feeling and a boost to your self image!
Debra Beamon, a blepharoplasty patient of Dr. Tom Joly of Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk Virginia speaks about her experience.
The Blepharoplasty Consultation
Of course the goal for the eyelid/eye lift rejuvenation surgery is to refresh your appearance, rather than fundamentally altering the appearance of your eye structure. Our surgeons may ask you to bring a personal photograph from 10-15 years ago, which he will carefully examine. You will also be encouraged to view before-and-after photographs of other patients who have elected to have a blepharoplasty procedure. This will occur in the privacy of our office. Our goal for your surgical procedure is to accomplish a subtle, rested look rather than a look that you obviously underwent surgery.
Certainly blepharoplasty will enhance your appearance and may in fact, improve your self-confidence, it won’t necessarily change your looks, nor will it cause other people to treat you differently. It is important that before you elect to have any kind of cosmetic surgery that you think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Joly or Dr. Abugo.
Blepharoplasty can be done on its own or it may be combined with facial plastic surgery to the brow or cheek to rejuvenate these aesthetic areas as well.