Excess skin around the eyes can make people look tired. It can also impair vision, give the eyes a puffy appearance, and lead to droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery can help improve problems.
Eyelid surgery, also called an “eye lift” or “blepharoplasty”, is the treatment of choice for patients who have droopy eyelids and baggy eyes. Dr. Steinbacher performs this type of surgery to remove excess skin, fat, or muscle from the areas around the upper or lower eyelids.
Although it is more commonly done as a cosmetic procedure, a blepharoplasty may be performed to correct the interference droopy eyelids can cause with a person’s vision.
Almost everyone over the age of 40 could benefit from blepharoplasty. Due to their constant exposure to the sun and the environment, the eyelids and surrounding tissues can age quite dramatically.
Eyelid surgery is able to rejuvenate the eye areas and make you appear younger. This is done by fixing these common problems:
This surgery, like many cosmetic procedures, does not require general anesthesia.
The most obvious and popular benefit of blepharoplasty is aesthetics. Improving the appearance of the eyes can improve the appearance of the entire face. Overall, eyelid surgery improves self-confidence in patients. The procedure can make patients look years younger and gives off a more alert and involved appearance.
On top of its cosmetic purpose, blepharoplasty has medical uses as well. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin that droops over the eyes. This results in better vision and reduced headaches that were caused by the excess skin.
This procedure is done on the lower eyelid. This procedure is for modifying eye bags and improving the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
This procedure is primarily used to address functionality. This is typically done due to the upper eyelid losing its normal elasticity which leads to drooping and inversion. These issues can lead to loss of vision and problems with daily activities such as reading.
Eyelid surgery may involve the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. During your surgery, Dr. Steinbacher will create incisions along the natural creases of your eyelids to keep scarring to a minimum. Incisions are made behind the lower eyelid or at the crease of your upper lids. Excess skin or fatty deposits will then be removed. In certain cases, some underlying muscles may be removed or tightened to improve results. The area will be reconfigured to suit your aesthetic goals. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, with patients returning home the same day.
Before the Blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Steinbacher will provide the following instructions:
Most patients start seeing the results of blepharoplasty immediately. These results are minor at first, but more major results start to surface two weeks after the procedure. This is typically when the swelling and redness have subsided. Final results can be seen after six months once the scars have fully faded away.
Cosmetic surgery “turns back the clock” so that you will always look better than if the surgery had not been done. Compared to other procedures, eyelid surgery does not need to be repeated as frequently, and most patients will not require additional eyelid procedures for many years, if ever.
Despite the delicacy of the procedure, recovery from eyelid surgery is not difficult. There is minimal pain and healing is fast. Visible bruising may last from 10 to 14 days, which may require an ice pack to help minimize swelling. Stitches are removed in 5 days and your eyes will already look great.
Although red initially, the incisions are concealed in natural folds and are easy to conceal until they fade.
Risks involved with eyelid surgery include the following:
Surgical correction may be required for more severe, rare side effects such as uneven healing and/or permanent scarring.
If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, contact the office today at (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steinbacher. Our practice serves Guilford, New Haven, and surrounding areas in Connecticut.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!