If your eyes have started to exhibit the signs of aging, you may be the perfect candidate for blepharoplasty, a procedure that can open up the eyes, restore youth, and help take years off your face. At Manuel Gigena MD FACS Plastic Surgery in McMinnville, OR, we offer this procedure not only to help our patients look and feel their best but to help them defy the aging process and restore youth to their eyes.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is another term for eyelid surgery. The aging process affects every part of the face, and the eyes can often bear the brunt of aging since the skin in the area is so delicate and thin. The aging process can cause drooping skin around the eyes that affects appearance and can impede vision.
It can also result in a puffy-looking appearance below the eyes, significant eye bags, and dark circles. Products and eye creams can only do so much, but sometimes aging accelerates to the point that even the world’s most expensive eye creams can’t improve the appearance of the eyes. That’s where blepharoplasty comes in.
How Does It Work?
The benefit of eyelid surgery is that we can customize the procedure to your needs. We can create a treatment plan that addresses the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. Some patients want to treat the signs of aging on both the upper and lower eyelids to address their most visible problem areas.
Your treatment will begin with an initial consultation during which our surgeon will evaluate your problem areas, assess the severity of your condition, and determine to what degree excess skin and tissue is affecting your eyes. Then, he will make a treatment plan and take several measures to help restore youth to the area, including removing excess fat and skin from the eye area that is making you look older or is impeding your vision.
What Does It Treat?
Blepharoplasty is designed to help rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids as well as the entire eye area. It can help treat and remove sagging skin, address and correct under-eye bags and puffiness in the area, and lift the lower eyelids to correct any drooping that has affected the area.
What Kind of Recovery Can I Expect?
Once you undergo this procedure, you can expect to spend the first several days resting. To get the best results, you should avoid anything that causes excessive eye strain, including reading, using a computer or watching TV.
Your eyes and entire eye area will be sensitive after the surgery, so you must wear sunglasses when you go outside to protect your eyes from wind and the sun’s damaging rays. When you come in for your initial consultation, our surgeon will discuss the details of the recovery process at length, so you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare.
Preparing for Your Procedure
One of the best ways to prepare for your recovery is to enlist help. Having someone to drive you to and from your appointment and someone that can help you around the house with chores and meal preparation will give you the freedom to rest and recover without worrying about moving around more than you should.
The recovery is only temporary, and the more you rest, the sooner you’ll get to experience your final results, get back to you all of your favorite activities, and fully enjoy your new youthful-looking eyes.
When Can I Resume My Daily Activities?
You can expect to return to work within one to two weeks of your procedure. Regarding your recovery time, it typically takes patients anywhere from four to six weeks to completely recover from their procedure.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Once you undergo eyelid surgery, you can expect to see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your eye area. This procedure is not intended to change the way you look; it is designed to remove the excess skin and fat that is altering your appearance and making you look older than you are. This procedure is intended to restore youth to your eyes so that you can look like yourself again, not a different person.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The results of eyelid surgery are intended to be permanent, but the only factor that stands between you and permanent results is the aging process. The aging process cannot be stopped, and you may develop additional sagging skin around your eyes many years after your procedure.
However, you can rest assured that this procedure will deliver the kind of results that will last for decades. You won’t have to think about correcting the signs of aging around your eyes anytime soon after undergoing this procedure.
Who Is a Candidate?
Those who want to address the signs of aging around their eyes and cannot improve the skin with minimally invasive treatments make the best candidates for blepharoplasty. During your initial consultation, our surgeon will confirm that this is the right treatment for you and then customize a treatment plan that will help you achieve the best results possible.
Those who struggle with excess skin around the eyes that causes them to feel less confident about their appearance impedes vision, or both will benefit from eyelid surgery. Additionally, those who have under-eye bags or puffiness making them look older than they are will also benefit from this procedure.
Invest in Your Eyes
If you want to restore youth and vibrancy to your eye area, all it takes is one procedure to have more youthful-looking eyes that may even rival the eyes of your younger years. With eyelid surgery, we can help you accomplish all of your anti-aging goals and restore the eyes of your youth.