If eyes are the windows to the soul, what do people see when they look at you? It can make you feel embarrassed to look in the mirror and see crow’s feet, sagging skin, or bags under your eyes. Drooping eyelids can give you a tired look or make you feel less content with your appearance.
At the Florida Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Wade Han can remove excess fat and skin from your eyelids, tighten the underlying muscles, and reposition fat for facial contouring.
With convenient locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, Dr. Han helps you reach your goals and take years off your countenance with blepharoplasty.
Here’s a look at how you can turn back time on aging eyes with eyelid surgery.
You experience the effects of aging skin when you lose collagen, the protein responsible for the structural support in your tissue. This loss can be particularly noticeable in the skin around your eyes, which is already thin to begin with.
As your collagen production slows with age, this thin tissue loses what little support it had, and your eyelids sag. In severe cases, your loose eyelid tissue can even droop over the edge of your lid and into your line of vision.
While the loss of collagen is largely to blame, you may also inherit naturally puffy eyelids, which means they’re more susceptible to sagging.
Regardless of the reason for your sagging eyelid skin, you’re not alone. Blepharoplasty is ranked among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States, as over 115,000 were performed in 2018 alone.
Open your eyes
Although a complicated word, blepharoplasty is a fairly simple procedure, which Dr. Han performs on an outpatient basis. Once we ensure your comfort with anesthesia, the doctor creates an incision in the natural fold of your upper eyelid and performs one or more of the following, depending on your goals:
- Tightens the muscles in your eyelids
- Removes or repositions fat deposits
- Removes excess tissue
If you want to address sagging lower lids, Dr. Han makes an opening along your lash line and removes or redistributes fat deposits, and removes excess skin.
Once he’s finished, he sutures the area(s) closed, and you’re free to return home.
Seeing the best results
For about a week following your blepharoplasty, plan on taking it easy to care for your eyes. Apply a cold compress to the area to minimize swelling and bruising, and follow our aftercare instructions for any ointments or dressings.
Within 10-14 days after your surgery, you should be able to debut your more youthful eyes, but it may take a month or more for the bruising and swelling to fully heal. Everyone recovers at their own pace, so it’s important that you practice patience while your body recovers and your eyelids resettle themselves into their new shapes.
But the wait is well worth it as you’re able to look out onto the world with bright, vibrant eyes that aren’t overshadowed by sagging eyelids.
To learn more about how blepharoplasty can dial back the years in your appearance, call the Florida Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center nearest you, or request an appointment using our online booking tool.