Sagging, bags, or puffiness of the upper and/or lower eyelids can often be corrected with a relatively simple surgical procedure known as a blepharoplasty. This surgical technique is performed in-office and involves removing excess skin and fat, or tightening lax muscles to improve appearance around the eyes.
Upper Eyelid Surgery - This surgical technique is performed in-office and involves removing excess skin and fat, or tightening lax muscles to improve the appearance around the eyes. The upper eyelids are often among the first parts of the face to show age. Our patients in Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ often report that sagging upper eyelids make them look sad, tired, or angry. Thankfully, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is among the easiest facial cosmetic procedures to undergo, and have very high satisfaction rates. The upper eyelid procedure focuses primarily on removing excess skin that can cause “hooding” over the eyes.
Lower Eyelid Surgery – The lower eyelids are a common source of dissatisfaction with one’s looks. The graceful, rounded, unbroken contours of youth give way to the bags and deep valleys (“dark circles”) that characterize middle age. Related areas, such as the skin of the lower eyelid and the apples of the cheek, often age similarly.
The lower eyelid procedure focuses mainly on removing the fat pockets under the skin that can cause “bags” underneath the eyes. Incisions for blepharoplasty follow the natural contour lines in the eyelids. The extent of how you scar depends on both the skill of the surgeon and your own genetic propensity for scaring. Typically, once healed, these scars are barely visible and blend into the eyelids’ natural lines and folds. Patients are left with a refreshed, revitalized and natural appearance.
Statistically, Blepharoplasty is the most popular surgical cosmetic, corrective procedure performed on the face of patients in Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ. As successful as this procedure can be, it is important to realize that this type of surgery does have limitations. Blepharoplasty does not eliminate “crow’s feet”, it does not lift the eyebrow, nor does it alter any genetic skin discoloration that may be under the eye. Those concerns, however, can potentially be corrected through Botox® injections, a surgical Brow Lift, or laser resurfacing treatments. We offer personalized consultations at no charge and can develop a treatment plan to address your concerns, your budget and your schedule.
A talented surgeon can avoid some of the typical risks or complications such as creating a scar above the fold of the upper eyelid, over pulling the skin, or removing too much of the fat pad which creates a sunken, drawn appearance. Other risks include decreased sensation in the eyelid area, dryness, and burning, stinging, or gritty sensations in the eyes, asymmetrical appearance of the eyes, whiteheads where the sutures were placed, and difficulty closing the eyes.
At Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery, our surgeon, Dr. Gael L. DeRouin, holds a double board certification in Facial Plastic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery with over 20 years of experience.
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