Get Rid Of The Bags Under Your Eyes With Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, has become a popular form of cosmetic surgery for both men and women. It is sometimes performed in conjunction with certain types of face lifts, neck lifts or other plastic surgery to the facial area. Because the eyes are one of the most noticeable features of every person, correcting blemishes, bags or puffy circles is becoming a priority for many patients. And since eyelid surgery is far less invasive than a face lift or brow lift, many patients decide to opt for this type of cosmetic surgery first before trying out other more involved procedures. But as with any type of surgery, you should consider all of the potential risks and benefits before deciding to have the procedure.
Cosmetic Conditions Corrected By Eyelid Surgery
The most common complaint among potential blepharoplasty patients is the baggy or puffy circles under the eyes. The bags are a natural but unwanted result of aging because the cushion of fat behind the eye orbit moves down into the lower lid as we age and those microscopic muscles get weaker. This orbital fat causes the sagging, bags and sometimes the dark circles. The dark circles are more difficult to treat, but with eyelid surgery you can significantly improve the sagging and certainly create a younger looking appearance around the eyes.
What Eyelid Surgery Won't Correct
Eyelid surgery will not however remove crow's feet or the tiny lines around your eyes. Nor will it remove frown lines or brow wrinkles. A patient would have to have some form of face lift or brow lift to correct those problems.
Types Of Eyelid Surgery
The two methods of eyelid surgery are transconjunctival and transcutaneous. In transconjunctival eyelid surgery the surgical incision is made inside the lower eyelid in order to remove the excess orbital fat. No skin is removed in this procedure.
In transcutaneous eyelid surgery the incision is actually through the front of the skin and not only is excess orbital fat removed, but excess sagging skin from the upper and lower eyelids is removed.
The Procedure-What To Expect And Recovery
When you have eyelid surgery you will be under local anesthesia and it is normally on an outpatient basis. A simple procedure can take as little as one hour to complete while a more involved procedure can take as long as three hours. You should be able to go home in an hour or two after the eyelid surgery is performed. Aside from some after care such as wearing a bandage for a couple of days, some bruising and swelling, you should be able to return to your normal schedule in a few days or a week. All of the bruising and swelling should be gone in two to three weeks. There is some risk of dry eye syndrome afterwards.
For men and women who don't have a problem with bags or sagging under the eyes but rather have a hollow or depressed area, there is a non-surgical procedure for that as well. Injections of Juvederm or Restylane can be given and will cause far less swelling and bruising than surgery. The injections will give the patient a fuller look without looking puffy and they can be given safely two or three times per year.
Unless there are medical reasons for your eyelid surgery, your health insurance may not cover the expense. There are cases where the sagging eyelids or excess puffiness can interfere with vision and in those instances your health insurance may foot the bill for the procedures. But generally eyelid surgery is considered plastic or cosmetic surgery performed to improve one's appearance, so the cost will be the patient's responsibility.
The results of your eyelid surgery may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to become fully noticeable due to differences in every patient's bruising and swelling afterwards. But most patients are very pleased with their appearance afterwards and some even decide to move on to other types of enhancing procedures. Eyelid surgery can be a good starting point if you want to create a more youthful facial appearance without going in for a facelift, brow lift or neck lift right away. So do some research to find a qualified surgeon, be informed and you should have positive results with your eyelid surgery experience.