One day you may look in the mirror and find that your eyelids have become droopy, puffy, or sagging, even to the degree that they can hinder your vision.
More than other areas your eyelids can directly affect how old you appear, and sagging eyelids can make one feel self-conscious and insecure. Dr. Joseph Russo strives to provide the best blepharoplasty Boston has to offer, his goal is to restore your eyelids to a youthful appearance and form whether the target is aesthetics or functionality. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Dr. Joseph Russo is an expert and educator in the field of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. He and his staff believe it is important to know the patients as individuals to better understand their desires and end goals, personalize their care, and customize their results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
Because we lose collagen as we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity. As a result, it begins to sag.
This can cause drooping eyelids, bags under the eyes, or a general puffy appearance in the tissues around the eye. Blepharoplasty is designed to correct these changes around your eyes, not just to reduce signs of aging, but also to fix any problems you may have with your vision due to the eyelid covering it. Blepharoplasty is therefore considered both functional and cosmetic because it can correct a medical issue as well as make you feel better about aging.
This is why there are many benefits to blepharoplasty. It can correct impaired vision as a result of loose or drooping skin that interrupts the contour of the upper eyelid. It can also fix drooping lower eyelids that may reveal any white below the iris, excessive skin or wrinkles of the lower eyelids, bags beneath the eyes, and any fat that may make the eyelids appear to be swollen. There are two distinct surgeries for this.
This surgery addresses the upper eyelids by correcting bags or overhanging skin that can obscure your vision. Note that this is not the same as a brow lift, which is meant to lift the eyebrow and not the eyelids, but the two procedures are often performed at the same time.
This surgery specifically focuses on correcting sagging skin, wrinkles, and bags under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical treatment to augment the appearance of the eyelids. As time passes, the skin of the eyelids can begin to droop with age, resulting in a tired or distressed appearance.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both to remodel your facial profile for an improved youthful look with greater functionality. If you are seeking to refresh the look of your eyelids or if your eyelids may be impairing your vision, Blepharoplasty may be a solution.
If you would like corrective surgery for your drooping eyelids or large bags under your eyes, then you will need to come in for a consultation with Dr. Russo. He will examine you and review your medical history in order to customize the best surgical plans for your specific needs. If you have or have had eye disease, including dry eye or glaucoma, you will also need to make sure your eye condition is stable enough for any surgery.
Blepharoplasty surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to return home the same day. The surgery itself can last up to three hours, but this changes depending on if you have upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. In addition, surgery times can lengthen if you have other procedures done at the same time, such as ptosis correction.
With Boston blepharoplasty surgeon, Dr. Russo, the process begins with an administration of local anesthesia to comfort the patient prior to the procedure.
Next, a crescent incision will be made depending on whether the upper eyelid or lower eyelid or both will be treated. The excess skin will be removed and following removal, fine sutures will be used to close up the incisions. Should a patient have eyelids that gravitate very close to the pupil, a ptosis procedure can be combined with the blepharoplasty.
Following treatment, patients may experience some swelling or bruising. An application of a cold compress will be advised to relieve any swelling. Patients will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment one week following treatment to monitor progress.
After your procedure, you will have soreness and some possible bleeding in the skin around your eyes because it is quite sensitive. In addition, there will be some swelling and bruising that can last up to two weeks.
Many patients choose to take at least two weeks off from work, school, and/or social obligations to give their eyes time to rest and heal. While you can wear glasses right after the surgery, you will need to avoid contact lenses until the swelling has faded completely. It’s also important to avoid wearing any eye makeup in order to keep from rubbing the eyes and irritating the healing tissues.
Your results will take a while to develop due to the delicate tissues around your eyes. While you will notice the difference once most of the swelling has subsided, it may be up to six weeks before the swelling is completely gone and you can see the full results of your surgery.
Signs of aging are especially noticeable in your face and around your eyes. If you are ready for a change in the way your eyelids look or to fix any impaired vision you may be experiencing, blepharoplasty may be the life-changing treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment to learn more.
If you are unhappy with sagging skin or folds in your eyes, or bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty can help restore these signs of aging. In addition, if your vision is suffering because of these changes, blepharoplasty can restore the full range of vision to your eyes by removing the overhanging skin.
Because your eyelids have naturally sensitive skin, it’s normal for them to feel tender and sore after the procedure. It’s important to apply cold compresses to them after surgery for at least two days to both speed up the healing process and reduce soreness.
Yes… but not really. All incisions will be made inside the crease of your eyelids or hidden in the folds of your eyes, which makes them nearly invisible. As you heal, they will continue to fade and remain virtually invisible.
The cost for upper and lower blepharoplasty varies from person to person depending on how much work needs to be done. If you need surgery for medical reasons, your medical insurance should cover the procedure. However, if you have blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons, then it’s considered elective surgery and not covered, so you will be responsible for covering the costs. If you need financing, make sure to ask. There are also payment plans available.
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