It’s all about your eyes. Eye contact is one of the most important parts of communication and can be a dramatic part of a first impression. The eyes have the power to articulate many feelings, and beautiful, expressive eyes can open up your entire face. Tired, droopy, or swollen eyes may not reflect a vibrant inner self, and may significantly detract from your overall appearance.
Unfortunately, the area surrounding the eye is often the first place to show signs of age. As we age, the muscles around the eyes weaken and the skin becomes increasingly loose and puffy. Swollen and puffy eyes most often make us look tired. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery can give you dramatically younger eyes through eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelift surgery, is one of the most rewarding procedures of facial plastic surgery as it can transform tired aged eyes back into the bright sparkling eyes of youth. This minimally invasive procedure has a short recovery time and a high satisfaction rate.
Dr. Kulbersh, eyelid surgeon in Charlotte, trained in Beverly Hills with two of the most prominent oculoplastic (eye plastic) surgeons in the country. The advanced techniques employed in Beverly Hills are now being transferred to his patients in the Carolinas. Dr. Kulbersh’s knowledge of eyelid anatomy and facial aging analysis will provide you with excellent blepharoplasty results. During your consultation, our Charlotte-based blepharoplasty specialist will analyze your eyelids to determine the cause of your particular condition and develop your treatment plan accordingly. While many patients will require a surgical blepharoplasty, there are also non-invasive treatments like injectable treatments or chemical peel tightening that Dr. Kulbersh might recommend as an option.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelift or eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes, making you look well rested and alert.
What conditions can blepharoplasty treat?
- Upper blepharoplasty can be performed for both functional and aesthetic reasons.
- Upper eyelift surgery can enhance the appearance of the eyes and boost self-confidence.
- All patients must be in good health to undergo a surgical procedure.
- Often patients who experience the best outcome are those who have droopy or tired-looking eyes.
- Frequently the excess skin and fat of the upper lid may create fullness on the upper lid, and the removal or repositioning of this tissue has a dramatic effect on the entire facial appearance.
Medical reasons for Upper Blepharoplasty at the Carolina Facial Plastics
- The skin and fat on the upper lid may become so heavy that it could limit the opening of the eye and restrict the ability to see.
- Patients must undergo a simple test by an ophthalmologist. If the test shows that the vision is obstructed, than the patient is a great candidate for an upper blepharoplasty.
- Upper eyelift surgery to restore full vision is typically covered by insurance.
Indications for a Lower Blepharoplasty at Carolina Facial Plastics
- Lower eyelift surgeryis commonly performed for aesthetic reasons.
- Patients that have loose skin, pouches, or bags under their eyes are great candidates.
Upper blepharoplasty is used to correct drooping upper eyelids that tend to sag with time. The incision will be made in the natural creases of your eyelids so any scars will be hidden. Excess skin is removed to smooth and rejuvenated the upper eyelid.
When your upper eyelids sag to a point where it obstructs vision, it also becomes an issue of eyelid function as well as a cosmetic issue. Many times insurance will cover the procedure to improve the function of the upper lid to correct vision. In these cases, our Charlotte upper eyelid lift specialist might also recommend a brow lift be performed in conjuction to properly lift the lids and restore your vision.
What is Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?
Lower blepharoplasty is used to remove excess puffiness or bags from under the eyes. The lower eyelid puffiness is caused by excess fat, which is removed or repositioned during the procedure. A small incision will be made either under the eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid, so that the scar is well hidden.
Patients with large fat pockets will benefit from a lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning. In this procedure, our Charlotte eyelift specialist will move prominent fat further down onto the cheekbone to create a smooth transition from the eye to the cheek. This is a great way to improve the bags or circles underneath the eyes.
If a patient does not have much fat in the lower eyelids, fat can be transferred to the lid from another area of the body. Fat transfer may be used to fill the tear trough or the lower lid bags, which may improve the contours of the face for the best under eye treatment.
Lower blepharoplasty does not treat under-eye wrinkles. Laser treatments or chemical peels are best for treating these concerns.
Blepharoplasty is becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among men. Eyelid surgery for men reverses the signs of aging by improving sagging eyelids and bags under the eyes.
When treating male patients, Dr. Kulbersh takes a more conservative approach. His goal is to preserve the masculine facial aesthetics of the eyelids and brows and produce natural results, so that no one will ever know you had surgery.
Blepharoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is usually performed on men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles, but need to improve the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids.
Q: What causes bags under eyes?
Dark circles under the eyes and under-eye shadowing can be a result of hollowness in the lower eye trough area.
Q: Can dark under-eye circles be removed with eyelid surgery?
Fat transfer or the fat repositioning procedure is a great treatment for dark bags under the eyes. Fat transfer can offer significant improvement by adding volume to this depressed area, eliminating the shadowing and dark under-eyes that result. Patients that have pigmentation changes causing dark circles will not benefit from eye bags surgery.
Q: How is blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, and can be performed with local anesthesia.
Q: What is blepharoplasty recovery like?
Recovery from blepharoplasty is relatively easy.
- The patient should only engage in minimal activity for the first 24 hours.
- Diet should be mainly liquids for the first 24 hours. More solid foods can be implemented into the diet after that time.
- The head should be kept elevated using two pillows to help reduce swelling.
- Frozen peas should be placed on the eyes for 10 minutes of every hour awake during the first 48 hours.
- Tylenol is usually enough to control any pain, but additional pain medication may be provided.
- Any significant pain should be reported to Dr. Kulbersh immediately, as this may signal bleeding under the skin.
- 5-7 days after surgery, the stitches and tape are removed, and patients can shower and wear make-up.
- Most patients return to work and daily activities about two weeks after surgery. Seventy percent of the swelling resolves over a three week time period.
- Intense physical activity, such as running or heavy lifting, may be resumed three weeks following the surgery
If the lower lids were operated on, Dr. Kulbersh may place tape on the lower lid to improve the swelling and bruising.
Q: When will I see the final results of blepharoplasty?
In general, it takes about 3-6 months to see the final results of your eyelid surgery. Since the eyes are such a delicate area, it takes some time for all of the swelling to completely subside.
Q: Does blepharoplasty remove crow’s feet?
No, Botox, Dysport or Xeomin are the best treatments for crow’s feet.
Q: Can I wear my contact lenses after blepharoplasty?
You cannot wear contact lenses for about two weeks after your surgery because your eyelids will most likely be stiff and sore.
Q: Will my insurance pay for my blepharoplasty?
Correcting eyelid problems that interfere with your vision may be covered by your health insurance. For example, if your upper eyelid has excess skin that is blocking your eyesight then the surgery is termed “functional,” and the cost of blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance. When performed for cosmetic reasons, the procedure may not be covered by your insurance.
Q: When can I wear make-up after blepharoplasty?
You should wait approximately 10 days before applying make-up to your eyes.
Q: Can blepharoplasty be performed with other anti-aging treatments?
If you are interested in an eye lift, contact Dr. Kulbersh to schedule a consultation.
Next, learn about Browlift.