The thin, delicate skin of your eyelids may be the first place the signs of aging appear. Eyelid surgery, which is also called blepharoplasty, restores a youthful, refreshed appearance. It does so by removing or repositioning excess skin, fat and/or muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.
To learn more, please call the practice of Dr. Sean Weiss in the New Orleans area at 504-814-3223. Dr. Weiss focuses extensively on facial plastic surgery. He has a mastery of facial anatomy and tailors the procedure to flatter you as an individual. He’ll help you decide if eyelid surgery can bring about the facial rejuvenation you want to see.
Eyelid Surgery Candidates
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. It’s possible your eyelids have always been saggy, but more often blepharoplasty candidates are unhappy with changes to their eyelids as they age.
As you age, the thin skin of your eyelids stretches and becomes thinner. The muscles of the eyelids naturally weaken with age. Sagging skin and droopy eyelids are unfortunate but inevitable side effects of growing older. Blepharoplasty surgery undoes these age-related changes, and it can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both. Dr. Weiss will help you decide what makes sense in your situation.
In general, you may be a good candidate for this facial procedure if you want to change any of the following:
- Drooping upper eyelids
- Puffy upper lids
- Sagging upper eyelids, which may be blocking your vision
- Excess upper eyelid skin
- Excess lower eyelid skin
- Under-eye bags or dark circles
- Wrinkles on the lower eyelid
For such a small, delicate area on your face, the eyelids can have a profound effect on your overall appearance. You may feel like your eyelids are making your face look tired, frustrated, angry or generally unapproachable. You may have even had people ask you, “are you okay?” because of the way your eyelids affect the expressiveness of your face. Eyelid surgery restores a relaxed, youthful appearance.
Eye cosmetics are another area of concern for people with loose or sagging upper eyelids. Because the loose skin and fat obscures the natural contour and fold of the eyelid, you may have trouble applying eye shadow and eyeliner in a way that looks good to you. If your eyelashes are partially covered by the puffy skin, you may have trouble applying mascara. Once the natural lid shape and contour is restored with blepharoplasty, you should notice a remarkable difference in how your eye cosmetics look.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Depending on your goals, blepharoplasty may adjust the upper or lower lids, or both. There are several techniques. Dr. Weiss chooses the one that will accomplish the changes you want to see. In general, eyelid surgery will remove fat and/or reposition fat, skin, and muscles of the eyelid.
Like most cosmetic procedures, eyelid surgery is performed with either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. In either circumstance, anesthetic medication is administered to help you feel relaxed and to numb the surgical area.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Weiss makes incisions in the eyelid skin to remove and reposition the tissue. On the lower eyelids, he places the incision right below the lower lash line on the inner surface of the lower lid. The upper eyelid incisions go along the natural fold of the lid. Eyelid surgery incisions heal very well.
Bruising and swelling are to be expected around your eyes after eyelid surgery procedures. They dissipate during the post operative period over the next 1-2 weeks. Dr. Weiss and our office staff provide thorough aftercare instructions, including how to shower, how long to stay home from work, which exercise activities to avoid, and when to come back for your follow-up visits.
Choose an Experienced Facial Specialist
For a procedure tailored carefully for you, It makes sense that you should choose a surgeon with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. Eyelid surgery is complex and must be tailored to your age, gender, ethnicity and facial shape so that the final results are flattering, attractive and natural. Your surgeon should also perform this procedure regularly, as part of their normal repertoire of procedures.
Dr. Weiss focuses on facial procedures extensively. He is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). He is also fellowship-trained by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the American College of Surgeons. He is particularly well-suited to perform blepharoplasty, and he makes sure your results look beautiful.
Blepharoplasty in New Orleans
If you are interested in rejuvenating your facial appearance, eyelid surgery may be right for you. The only way to know for sure is to arrange a consultation with experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss. To schedule your visit at our Metairie practice, please call 504-814-3223.