The skin around the eyes reveals your age as time, emotions, lack of sleep, and other factors take their toll. If the appearance of your eyes bothers you, and you have a desire to look more refreshed, aesthetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. At Bajaj Plastic Surgeries in Oklahoma City, Dr. Anu Baja helps patients achieve more rested, youthful appearances.
About Eyelid Surgery Procedures
Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the upper eyelids can make you look tired and older. For the lower eyelids, some patients may have large bags under their eyes, which can add to their aged appearance.
Dr. Bajaj offers upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures to help correct inevitable signs of aging around the eyes. Depending on the condition of your eyelids, Dr. Bajaj may recommend combining a blepharoplasty with a brow lift to raise your eyebrows for a more significant lift to the upper eyelids. For patients who have hollowness under their eyes, she may also recommend a dermal filler or facial fat transfer. Through a consultation, she can make the right recommendation for you.
Dr. Bajaj offers three types of blepharoplasty surgeries.
Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure
Upper blepharoplasty addresses concerns such as “eyelid droopiness”, excess skin, fine lines, and puffiness of the upper eyelids. Excess upper eyelid skin can cause you to appear tired, can make applying eye makeup difficult, and can also impair full range of vision.
An upper blepharoplasty procedure removes the excess skin and fat through an incision made in the crease of the upper lid. The incision is then closed with thin sutures.
Lower Blepharoplasty Procedure
Lower blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids. It’s performed by making a small incision on the lower eyelid lash line. Through the incision, fat is either removed or the lash line is re-drape. This smooths the appearance of the lower eyelid. Excess skin is removed if necessary to diminish wrinkles and lines that have formed below the eyes.
Combination Blepharoplasty Procedure
To provide her patients with the most cost-effective, convenient and comprehensive eyelid surgery, Dr. Bajaj offers combination blepharoplasty. This procedure is best suited for patients who are looking to treat their upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who have excess eyelid skin or under-eye bags and are seeking to correct these issues with long-term results. Excess eyelid skin and under-eye bag are cosmetics concerns and can be a result of sun exposure, age, genetics, or skin care.
Patients considering this surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations. To find out if you are a candidate, a consultation is required.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
Dr. Bajaj offers eyelid surgery consultation to prospective patients. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bajaj, she will ask you what your concerns are and what you are looking to achieve by undergoing a blepharoplasty procedure. She will then review your medical history, taking into consideration your current health, routine medications, and prior surgeries to help determine if you are a good candidate.
A physical evaluation of your eyelid is necessary before surgery. Dr. Bajaj will look at your eyes and the surrounding skin to ensure that this treatment will be right for you. Depending on your skin’s current condition, you may require additional treatments or procedures in conjunction with the eyelid procedure. These will be discussed during the consultation.
Eyelid Surgery Process
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes one to two hours and varies based on a patient’s specific needs.
Recovery Time After Eyelid Surgery
Recovery varies among patients, but the first few days after surgery quite rest quietly, head elevation and frequent icing are recommended to minimize bruising and swelling. Oral medications to help with any discomfort can be prescribed. Blurry vision and light sensitivity, as well as tearing and dryness. Can occur. Eye drops may help relieve any burning or itching during recovery.
Some patients experience mild swelling and bruising the first few weeks, while others have swelling subside within a few days. Any bruising will start to diminish within a week to ten days after surgery. Makeup can be worn to conceal discolorations the first few weeks following surgery but ask Dr. Bajaj before applying cosmetics to the area.
Eyelid Surgery Results
outcome of this procedure will leave the eyes looking alert and youthful. The patients that have chosen to undergo this procedure with Dr. Bajaj have been very satisfied with their long-lasting, age-defying results.
The results tend to be visible once swelling and bruising have fully subsided. On average, this takes a few months. The small scars along the eyelids will fade with time. This procedure does not prevent the aging process. Therefore, patients should keep a healthy lifestyle and skincare regime to maintain these results in the future.
What is the Cost of Eyelid Surgery?
The cost of a blepharoplasty varies depending on whether it is an upper lid blepharoplasty or lower lid blepharoplasty and whether you require any additional treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals. The price typically ranges between $3500-$8,000. To obtain more information on this transformational eyelid procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bajaj.