Eyelid Surgery for a New Youthful You

Eyelid surgery is among the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the USA. In a recent year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that over 209,000 eyelid surgery procedures were performed in our country. There is a good reason – the delicate eyelid skin will stretch and loosen over time, and even if your face is quite youthful, your eyes can give away your age. After a custom eyelid surgery, the changes are subtle but significant. When performed at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, you need not fear having an unusual “wide-eyed” look after your procedure. You will look healthy, alert, refreshed, and youthful.

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What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) lifts and rejuvenates the upper and/or lower eyelids to create a more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery can include both eyelids during the same procedure, or it can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids separately. During upper eyelid surgery, loose skin is tightened to reduce the hooded or sagging appearance. During lower eyelid surgery, puffy bags, and dark circles are reduced and smoothed to create a more rested and youthful appearance.

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Should I Undergo Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach can treat any of the following aesthetic issues:

  • Droopy, saggy upper lids
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Sagging lower lids
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Vision is affected by sagging eyelids
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Why Choose Sanctuary Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton?

If you are ready to undergo blepharoplasty in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach, you want to be confident that your results will appear natural, refreshed, and youthful – never overdone. We have all seen the results of errors in eyelid surgery, with a person looking wide-eyed and unnatural. 

When under the care of Sanctuary and their team of top medical professionals, you can expect results that look refreshed, natural, and like you!

Our providers have earned a reputation by crafting elegant and naturalistic results for patients in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and the nearby areas, and he's excited to learn how he can unite you with the cosmetic outcome of your dreams. If you're ready to look youthful and refreshed, reach out and set up your consultation today!

What Procedure Will I Need?

There are various methods used to enhance eyelid appearance. The following information will give you a basic understanding of each. Each approach carries specific benefits. All surgeries have some degree of risk, but eyelid surgery is generally very safe, and complications are very rare.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery can improve two common problem areas: 

  • Excess skin on the upper eyelid – often called “hooding” of the upper lid.
  • Puffiness in the inner corner and middle of the upper eyelid caused by the herniation (pushing forward) of fat.  

Hooding of the upper eyelid can obstruct your vision, and the surgery can improve the quality of your peripheral vision. Puffiness in the upper eyelid can cause patients to look old and tired. Upper eyelid surgery can create a more alert and younger appearance. Upper eyelid surgery can enhance the shape, position, and depth of the eyelid crease.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery can remove the puffiness found in the lower eyelid or under-eye bags. The accumulation of excess fat and skin, caused by age and other factors, causes that puffy appearance in the lower eyelid, leaving you looking older and tired, even when well-rested. Removal of the bulging fat in the lower eyelid can result in a younger, rested, and alert appearance.

We perform various types of eyelid procedures depending upon your age and whether the problem is wrinkles, loose skin, excess fat, or poor elasticity. The least invasive type of lower eyelid surgery is using a laser to resurface the lower and upper lids. The laser tightens the skin and smooths fine lines and small wrinkles.

This is usually performed on younger patients but works well after traditional eyelid surgery when the surgery removed the excess skin but not the fine lines. Laser resurfacing of the lower lids may be combined with a specialized procedure called “transconjunctival blepharoplasty,” in which a tiny incision is placed within the lower eyelid and fat is removed with tiny forceps. No skin is removed, and no sutures are needed.

Patients with more excess skin may require a “pinch” blepharoplasty in which a sliver of skin is removed from the lower eyelid. This approach is typically performed with laser resurfacing but can be combined with a transconjunctival blepharoplasty for some people who need it.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty? 

Men or women who want to rejuvenate their eye area and eyelids are likely candidates for blepharoplasty. During your consultation, we will assess your skin and eyelids, discuss your concerns and medical history and determine whether you are an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach. Candidates for blepharoplasty should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Have no medical or eye conditions, such as infection or healing concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Would like to address sagging, hooded eyelids, and/or eye bags and circles
  • Have realistic expectations for what a blepharoplasty procedure can accomplish
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What Are the Benefits?

There are many reasons why a person would want to undergo eyelid surgery in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach. Even though the reasons vary from person to person, the most common include:

  • Improving peripheral vision
  • Gaining a fresher, more alert appearance
  • Restoring a youthful eyelid appearance
  • Enhancing overall appearance
  • Gaining a boost in self-confidence

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What Is the Blepharoplasty Procedure? How Long Will It Take?

Eyelid surgery is typically performed with local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. The anesthesia will depend upon the type of procedure chosen and your preferences. Some patients prefer general anesthesia, while others wish to be awake but numbed and relaxed. We can discuss this in detail at your consultation.

What to Expect after Eyelid Surgery?

After eyelid surgery, patients will need to take about a week off from work to rest and recover. Expect some swelling and bruising that will build over the first few days, then diminish and slowly fade over the next 7-10 days. 

During the next 1-2 weeks, sleep on your back to help minimize swelling and improve the healing process. Wait for 10-14 days before using contacts again or exposing yourself to the sun. You may wear glasses by the day after your surgery. You may exercise again after 2-4 weeks.  

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What About Scars?

Upper and lower eyelid surgeries are each performed differently, and each displays a different result. Scars are hidden in natural crease lines and are barely perceptible after six months or more. As mentioned above, lasers are often used to augment the healing. After undergoing eyelid surgery, your appearance is enhanced because the upper eyelids are no longer drooping, and the skin beneath your eyes is smooth and firm.

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What age should you be to get eyelid surgery?

There is no age requirement for eyelid surgery, but most patients have this procedure when they are in their 30s or older.

Are there any risks or complications?

Like any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery has risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, blood clots, anesthesia risks, and unfavorable outcomes. For eyelid surgery, that might be dry eyes or problems with the eyelids.

Does eyelid surgery hurt?

Eyelid surgery is considered one of the least painful plastic surgery procedures. There is minimal discomfort during the recovery period.

Are the results permanent?

While the aging process stops any cosmetic surgery from being completely permanent, the results of lower eyelid surgery are generally considered so long-lasting they might be thought of as permanent. Results of upper eyelid surgery typically last for 5-7 years.

Can I exercise after eyelid surgery?

Wait to resume strenuous exercise until 2-4 weeks have passed.

What is the aftercare?

Ice cold packs to help reduce swelling and bruising, and sleep on your back for 1-2 weeks. Wait about two weeks before wearing your contacts again or exposing yourself to the sun.

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