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The eyelids are often the first parts of the face to show signs of aging. The thin, delicate skin around the eyes stretches and wrinkles faster than other areas of the face, creating a tired or worn-out appearance. Loose skin, protruding fat deposits, and deepening crow’s feet can also exacerbate this effect, making you look older than you feel. In severe cases, your eyesight may even be affected. Blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, at our Naples-Fort Myers, FL practice eases these concerns for a natural-looking result that makes you look fresh and alert.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Clinically called blepharoplasty, the goals of eyelid surgery are to reduce the sagging and puffiness that affects the eyelids and some of the surrounding skin. This surgery removes or repositions fat deposits in the upper eyelids to eliminate puffiness, and it trims excess, sagging skin. On the lower lid, excess skin is removed and the underlying muscles tightened to address bags and wrinkles. Eyelid surgery takes up to a decade off a person’s facial age.
See for Yourself
This woman, age 58, is shown before and after upper and lower eyelid surgery with Dr. Flaharty, along with dermal filler treatments in her lower lids performed by Britten. Browse our photo gallery of before-and-after pictures showing real eyelid surgery patients and the excellent results Dr. Flaharty achieves.
Reversing the Signs of Aging with Eyelid Surgery
These are great procedures because they address aging in the eyes. They can take a decade off a patient’s facial age. Eyelid surgery removes excess sagging skin on both the upper and lower eyelids. It repositions fat rather than removing it. This keeps the look natural, not hollow. Dr. Flaharty repositions fat in the lower eyelids and beneath to fill in under eye hollows as much as possible.
Eyelid Surgery Patient Testimonial
“I had eyelid surgery in my early 40’s I’ve never done anything to my face, so obviously you want perfection. Prayers answered. I had no pain, little swelling ( everyone will be different I’m sure) but my experience was wonderful. Clean straight stitches that are almost invisible. Caring and professional. I’m going back this year for a neck lift, I can only hope for the same great results.”
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Unlike many other aesthetic procedures, eyelid surgery is popular with both men and women. This is because sagging, aging eyelids occur in both sexes equally. More and more men are having this procedure in order to keep up with younger counterparts at the office. The reality is that most people over the age of 40 could benefit from this surgery with Dr. Flaharty. These are some typical characteristics of patients opting to have blepharoplasty:
- Droopy, baggy eyelids
- Puffy bags under the eyes
- Stretched, loose upper eyelid skin
- Hollowness above the cheeks and below the lower eyelids
- Sagging upper eyelids that begin to impede vision
What Should I Expect During My Consultation for Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Flaharty views consultations as a back and forth exchange of information. He is trying to discern why you want eyelid surgery and what goals you have for the procedure. He wants to know what about your aging eyelids really bothers you. This is also the time for you to ask any and all questions you have about the procedure and about Dr. Flaharty. He can explain his focus only on facial plastic surgery; he can show you his before-and-after galleries with eyelid surgery. He can share with you the testimonial letters we receive.
At Azul, eyelid surgery only requires local anesthesia and light, intravenous sedation for maximum safety and patient comfort. During surgery, Dr. Flaharty trims and tightens excess skin around the eyelids, sculpts or removes fat deposits when necessary, and fills hollows, such as those under the eyes. This results in a complete rejuvenation of the eyelids and the surrounding tissues. Eyelid surgery may be performed as an isolated procedure or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures including brow lift and face and neck lift. This comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation, which we call “harmonious facial rejuvenation,” typically yields superior and long-lasting results by rejuvenating the entire face in a single session.
Upper Eyelid vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery
Many patients have both eyelids addressed with this procedure, but there are differences in the goals of surgeries on the upper and lower eyelids.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, Dr Flaharty removes excess skin, fat, and muscle that are causing the sagging upper eyelids. On the upper eyelid, the goal is to remove any drooping. This makes the patient look more alert and refreshed.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
In the lower eyelid, excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed or redistributed. Surgery on the lower eyelid also targets dark bags and circles beneath their eyes. These areas contribute to the patient looking perpetually tired.
Recovery from Eyelid Surgery
As with any facial surgery, the recovery following blepharoplasty can include some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. Regular cold compresses may be recommended to help reduce these effects for the first few days following surgery. Minor eye irritation, dryness, itching or burning may also occur during the initial healing process, but these effects are temporary. Dr. Flaharty removes sutures 1 week after surgery, and most visible bruising and swelling resolve themselves within 2 weeks.
Patients may resume the use of eye makeup and contact lenses after 1 week. Light activity, such as walking, is permissible after 2 days, but patients are advised to postpone strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work in 1 week but may return as soon as they feel comfortable.
Results of Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is a safe, effective method for rejuvenating the eyelids. When you meet with Dr. Flaharty for a blepharoplasty consultation, he evaluates your face as a whole to help you decide which procedures may provide you with the most favorable outcome. Because Dr. Flaharty aims for a harmonious, natural-looking result, he may suggest additional or alternative procedures to ensure the longest lasting results. Other treatments, such as facial fillers and micropeels may be added to eyelid surgery to further enhance the cosmetic result.
See the results for yourself with our real patient before-and-after photos.View Photo Gallery
How Long Will My Results Last?
You can enjoy your enhanced eyelids for many years by keeping them protected from the sun with sunglasses and sunscreen. Over time, you may wish to use non-surgical treatments to maintain your results. Some people even opt to undergo an additional blepharoplasty, although this isn’t typically necessary for many years. The longevity of your results also depends on the severity of your symptoms before surgery. Dr. Flaharty will help you understand what you can expect from your treatment.
Will My Scars Be Obvious?
No. During your surgery, Dr. Flaharty takes advantage of the natural contours of your eyelids to make very discreet incisions. In many cases, incisions are hidden within your upper eyelids’ natural creases or actually inside of your lower eyelids.
Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Many of our Azul patients combine facelifts with eyelid surgery for more overall facial rejuvenation. Facelifts usually target the area from the cheeks down to the upper neck, so this combination would refresh everything from the eyes downward. Brow lifts are a good combination, as well. Brow lifts address the brows and the forehead, so they also make a good complementary procedure.
What Are the Risks of Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery with Dr. Flaharty is a very safe, satisfying procedure, but it still is surgery. There is the possibility of excessive bleeding, infection, and poor incision healing, just as with any surgery.
Complications specific to eyelid surgery are:
- Inability to fully close the eyelid
- Eyelid infection
- Double vision
- Noticeable scarring
- Malpositioned eyelids
- Numbness of the eyelids
Schedule a Consultation
Curious about how Dr. Patrick Flaharty and the team at Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa can help you look your best? Request a consultationRequest a consultation using our online form, or call the office directly at (239) 415-7576.Back to Top