The eyelids are one of the first facial features to show signs of aging.
Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, corrects a number of conditions, including excess skin on the lids, under-eye bags or loss of elasticity that causes the skin to look thin and wrinkled or discolored.
Since this is such a delicate area, the procedure should be performed by surgeons who have enough experience in this field.
Dr. Bahman Guyuron has more than 30 years of surgical experience handling a variety of complex eyelid surgery procedures in Cleveland, Ohio.
His goal is to produce gratifying results that help his eyelid surgery patients look naturally alert, youthful, and well-rested.
Dr. Guyuron frequently shares his techniques with other plastic surgeons internationally through lectures during symposia, courses, and articles.
The Blepharoplasty Consultation
The consultation is the best opportunity for the candidates to explain what they don’t like about the appearance of their lids, and describe their ideal surgery outcomes.
Dr. Guyuron will provide details to the patient about how his surgical expertise can provide them with the best results. Eyelid surgery patients usually focus on the following:
- Loose skin on the upper or lower lids that droops (possibly obscuring their field of vision)
- Excess fat deposits that make the upper eyelids look puffy
- Bags or dark circles underneath the eyes
- Lower eyelid surgery
- Fine wrinkles along the lower lid with dark discoloration
- Droopy eyelids limiting the opening of the eyes because of stretched muscles which is called eyelid ptosis
During the consultation, our very own board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Guyuron, will start to develop a treatment plan that targets all of the candidate’s concerns.
He will explain his approach to surgery and the likely outcomes, and answer any questions the candidate has.
He may also discuss other available treatments such as rhinoplasty, browlift or facelift surgery if inquired.
Depending on your age he may require an ophthalmology examination to augment the safety of the operation.
Patients who plan to visit Dr. Guyuron from out of town can opt for a phone, Facetime or Skype consultation. Dr. Guyuron works with patients internationally who want to refresh and rejuvenate their eyelids.
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis next to Dr. Guyuron’s medical facility.
To treat the upper lids, Dr. Guyuron makes an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid.
Through the incision, he will reposition/remove any fat deposits, tighten the eyelid muscles and tissue and remove excess skin.
To treat the lower lids, Dr. Guyuron makes an incision just below the lower lash line or in the inner surface of the eyelid, and removes or reposition excess skin/fatty tissue, tightens skin if needed, and makes the eyelid skin thicker and smoother with injection of your own fat or use of laser, or both.
Surgery will take 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the particular treatment plan.
After the procedure, patients recover at the surgical facility for a short time, and are then released to go home.
Recovering from Blepharoplasty
It’s normal for the eyelids to be swollen and bruised after surgery. Patients may need to apply soothing ointments and cool compresses, and take oral pain medications, depending on Dr. Guyuron’s specific recovery instructions.
It’s universally recommended that eyelid surgery patients rest and relax while avoiding strenuous activities, at least until Dr. Guyuron clears them, often three weeks after the surgery.
Recovery varies by patient, but in general, results become visible within a few weeks.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called an “eyelift” or “blepharoplasty,” is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery typically has the same meaning for most people as the interchangeable term simply known as eyelid surgery.
This is the type of surgery that can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes.
What is the Procedure for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not need to stay overnight in a hospital.
An incision is made in the natural crease of your upper eyelid or just below your lower lash line. Through this incision, excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed. The incisions are then closed with tiny stitches.
A tube may be placed under your upper lid to drain any excess fluid.
In some cases, the lower eyelid may be tightened without making an external incision. This is done by making an incision on the inside of your lower eyelid.
What is the Recovery Time for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?
After surgery, your eyelids may feel tight and sore. You may also experience bruising and swelling around your eyes, which will typically peak two to three days after surgery.
Cold compresses can help reduce swelling. Most of the bruising and swelling should resolve within two weeks.
What Are the Risks of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is generally safe, but as with any surgery, there are risks involved. These include infection, bleeding, scarring, and dry eyes.
As you consider cosmetic eyelid surgery, it’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing the procedure. This will help ensure that you have the best possible outcome.
Upper Eyelid Surgery the same as Standard Eyelid Surgery?
The answer is no. While both procedures may involve the removal of excess skin and/or fat from the eyelids, upper eyelid surgery specifically targets the upper eyelids.
Standard eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both.
Upper eyelid surgery is typically done to correct drooping upper eyelids that can interfere with vision. Standard eyelid surgery may also be done for this reason, but is more often performed to improve the appearance of the eyes, such as by removing “bags” under the eyes.
Both upper and standard eyelid surgeries are usually performed as outpatient procedures, meaning you won’t have to stay in the hospital overnight. Recovery times vary.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery performed to correct sagging or drooping lower eyelids. It can also be done to remove excess skin, fat, or muscle that may be causing puffiness or bags under the eyes.
In some cases, lower eyelid surgery may be combined with other procedures, such as a brow lift, to achieve optimal results.
The best candidates for lower eyelid surgery are generally healthy adults who have realistic expectations for the procedure.
If you are considering lower eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with one of Cleveland’s most well-recognized board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Bahmann Guyuron.