When someone looks at you, they are most often looking into your eyes. Your eyes convey emotions and play a large role in our day to day interactions. This is why excessive drooping or sagging of the eye area is something that many individuals seek to remedy. Cosmetic blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eye lift, is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the eye area for a more fresh and youthful look.
Rest assured that you are in great hands when pursuing this procedure at our facility. Omar F. Almallah M.D., FACS, FABES, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with extensive experience in helping individuals rejuvenate their appearance through cosmetic blepharoplasty. For an initial consultation with Dr. Almallah, please call 732-349-5622 today.
Is Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
Many factors can cause the area around the eyes to look puffy, droopy or saggy. Age is a common contributor, as elastin and collagen production within our bodies decrease with time. This can often lead to droopy eyelids and excessive wrinkling in the thin skin surrounding the eyes. Fat prolapse, where the natural eyelid fat droops and bulges due to a lack of support from thinning skin and collagen, is also a factor. Additionally, there is even a potential to have a genetic predisposition for puffy or droopy lids. You may consider cosmetic blepharoplasty if you have:
- Puffy upper eyelids that can contribute to a tired appearance
- Sagging upper eyelids, which may interfere with vision
- Loose skin and small, fine wrinkles on the lower eyelid
- Sagging or loose skin that disrupts the contour of the upper eyelid
- Bags in the under-eye area
Cosmetic blepharoplasty rejuvenates your whole facial appearance. Candidates should be in good general health and without serious eye conditions. If you are ready to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to your eye area, then you are likely a good candidate for eyelid surgery. To learn more about the results of this procedure, see our patient testimonials.
"I went for a consult cause my eyelashes were growing into my eye and scratching my cornea, the staff was very nice, they made me feel comfortable. It turned out that I needed eye surgery, I get the news from Dr Amallah, and I didn't get scared.. He has been doing surgery for about 30 yrs, he made me feel like it was going to be alright. They scheduled my surgery for 10 days away. I usually would be an anxious wreck. The day of the surgery came, they brought me to prep me for the surgery, and my anxiety went away. The surgery was pain free, half way through the surgery I asked when they were gonna start. Just got my last stitches out yesterday.. My eye lid looks great. I like them so much I have an appt to get glasses. I can't tell you what a great experience it was. I recommend them to anyone who has any eye problems. Thank you to the whole group Patricia Callanan."
Medical or Functional Blepharoplasty
Functional blepharoplasty is a procedure that is performed for medical reasons, in contrast to a cosmetic blepharoplasty. Your insurance policy may provide coverage for blepharoplasty if they see it as medically necessary. If you are struggling with loose upper eyelid skin that overhangs enough to impair your vision, your policy may provide coverage.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eyelid surgery can be performed on upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This is determined by the results that you wish to achieve and by what recommendations your surgeon has made during your consultation. The surgeon will make an incision in a discreet area of your eyelid, upper or lower, which is hidden within the natural lines and contours of the lid. This will allow the surgeon to remove fat deposits or excess skin and tighten muscles. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision may be located on the inside surface of the lower lid. The incisions are then closed, and results will be visible after the natural swelling and bruising subside. You may be given medication to apply or take orally to aid recovery, and you should follow additional directions given to you by your surgeon.
Recovery & Aftercare For The Blepharoplasty Procedure
There are three primary side effects that are the focal points of blepharoplasty recovery. These include bruising, swelling, and scar maturation. Bruising can last two to three weeks. Swelling can take up to eight weeks to fully resolve. That said, both of these side effects improve significantly through the first week to 10 days after surgery. You can expect to look and feel well enough to return to work around 10 days post-op. While scarring improves enough to return to work and normal activities within weeks of surgery, this aspect of recovery can take a full year to reach its peak. Blepharoplasty scars are short and hidden. At first, they may appear pink and slightly raised or puffy. With time and the natural collagen remodeling that occurs around tissue wounds, scars lighten and flatten to a point at which they are no longer noticeable.
To recover well after blepharoplasty, it is important that you carefully follow your doctor's aftercare instructions. General tips for blepharoplasty recovery include:
- Arrange sufficient time off work and other activities. Don't plan to engage in any projects while off work.
- Make healthy meals ahead of time. This will minimize the amount of activity required of you as you heal.
- Care for your eyes following your post-op instructions such as applying ice packs a few times a day for the first few days of healing.
- Avoid smoking, tobacco products, and alcohol. These substances can inhibit healing and increase the risk of excessive bruising.
- Sleep with your head elevated so fluid can drain from the surgical site more efficiently.
- Protect your eyes from unnecessary irritation. Avoid eye strain by limiting screen time and reading. Avoid irritation by wearing sunglasses if you go outside.
- Avoid strenuous activity but spend some time walking every day to reduce the risk of blood clots forming due to inactivity.
Will I Have Any Scars After My Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty procedures require very small incisions to achieve excellent results. Depending on the procedure you choose, upper or lower blepharoplasty, your incisions may be completely hidden. Upper blepharoplasty incisions are usually made in the eyes' natural crease. Here, the tiny scars that result from the incisions are hidden when the eyes are open. When your eyes are closed, upper blepharoplasty scars should look so discreet that, even up close, they blend in well with the surrounding skin. Lower blepharoplasty scars, as well, are out of view, situated just inside the lower eyelid in most cases.
How Soon After My Eyelid Surgery Procedure Will I See the Results?
You can expect to see a difference in the appearance of your eyes right after surgery. That said, results will be obscured to some degree due to swelling and bruising. As tissues recover and inflammation subsides, the rejuvenated appearance of your eyelids becomes more pronounced. We typically advise patients not to assess their results until they have reached the six-week mark after their procedure. At that point, swelling should be nearly gone.
Will the Results of My Blepharoplasty Be Permanent?
The results of upper or lower blepharoplasty are expected to last many years. Over time, as the skin continues to age, the eyelids may lose some degree of their youthful shape. To prolong the effects of blepharoplasty as long as possible, we suggest wearing sunglasses and broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. When you plan to be outdoors for more than a few minutes, elevate your sun protection by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Good skin care practices and periodic cosmetic treatments may also help sustain a more youthful appearance.
Will My Eyelid Surgery Results Look Natural?
Yes. Your doctor performs eyelid rejuvenation surgery with careful consideration for your natural eye shape and brow position. Tissue is trimmed in such a way to accentuate the natural curvature of the upper eyelid or lower eyelid while simultaneously preserving the ability to close your eyes completely once you have recovered from the procedure.
Contact Our New Jersey Office about Blepharoplasty
A consultation is the first step on the path to a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. The consultation is approximately thirty minutes and is complimentary for those interested in cosmetic surgery, while standard fees apply to those who are seeking medical blepharoplasty.