The eyes can be an important part of your first impression— in fact, they’re often the first place people look. Unfortunately, the eyes can become subject to aging over time, leading to drooping and sagginess in the upper and lower eyelids. If this makes you look more tired or angry than you really feel, then facial plastic surgery can be an excellent option to revive and rejuvenate the eyes.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of the upper or lower eyelids by removing or repositioning fat, excess skin, or muscle to make the eyes look more rested and youthful. Excess skin can cause hooding over the eyelids and create a tired appearance, but blepharoplasty is designed to remove excess deposits of fat that make the eyelids appear puffy and droopy. It can also correct puffy or baggy undereyes with the additional help of a cheek lift. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures for men because of its excellent, subtle results and low downtime.
Men who benefit most from eyelid surgery are those who have sagging and droopiness caused by excess fat and skin around the eyes. Sometimes, patients experience ptosis which causes the eyelids to droop so much that it impairs vision. It’s important to be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery, so Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss your health history. In some cases, you may benefit more from a combination approach that includes a brow lift or cheek lift with your upper or lower eyelid surgery.
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Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid. This allows fat to be repositioned and excess skin to be trimmed away. This can reduce the appearance of hoods and drooping over the eyes. Once completed, the incisions are closed.
Lower eyelid surgery can often be performed using an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. Then, fat bags can be repositioned and lifted to reduce folds and sunken tear troughs.
Blepharoplasty can be performed using a local anesthetic at our Atlanta office. If you opt for additional procedures like a brow lift or cheek lift, Dr. DiFrancesco may recommend general anesthesia. Blepharoplasty takes between one to two hours, but you can return home afterwards.
After eyelid surgery, your eyes can become itchy and sensitive to light. It’s important to avoid touching or rubbing them for the first week or so. Dr. DiFrancesco can recommend eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. As such, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks. You can expect to take a few days away from work and social engagements, and most patients return to their normal activities within two weeks.
The eyes can be one of the first places to show aging, so eyelid surgery can go a long way in rejuvenating and refreshing your look. To get started, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form and schedule a private consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco.