Muscles naturally weaken as the human body ages and those muscles that make up the eyelids are no exception. Over time, a noticeable drooping effect commonly occurs around the eyes as muscle, skin, and fat succumb to the normal pull of gravity. While individuals with this condition are often unhappy with the physical appearance of this change, it can also be a cause for concern when weakened eyelids begin to interfere with peripheral lines of vision. A frequently recommended solution for cosmetically altering droopy eyelid is a procedure known as blepharoplasty, which is often referred to as an eyelid lift.
Droopy eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common cosmetic procedure for those looking to keep or regain their youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty takes out excess skin and fat, corrects sagging eyelids, reduces fatty pouches below the eyes, and takes out excess skin from the upper eyelids. Often, an eyebrow lift is performed at the same time as a facelift or laser skin resurfacing.
- Preparation: None Required
- Procedure: For the upper eye, incisions are made in the crease above the eye and a thin crescent off excess skin and muscle is taken out. For fatty deposit removal under the eyes, a small incision is made just inside the lower eyelid and the fat is taken out.
- Length of Procedure: Approximately one hour
- Recovery or Downtime: Keep head elevated to reduce swelling and bruising, as well as using cold compresses. Antibiotic ointment will be prescribed as well.
- Pain: Mild discomfort; some swelling at the treatment area.
- Results: More visible, brighter, youthful eyes.
Prior to undergoing the procedure, a patient will undergo a full medical exam including an eye exam to determine overall health. Photographs are taken of the eyes before the procedure to aid in technique and planning as well as provide a foundation from which to compare long-term results.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed in the comfort of the attending physician’s office with the use of a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Once a patient is comfortable, the physician will make a small incision along the fold of the eyelid and carefully remove a predetermined amount of muscle tissue, fat and skin as needed.
The incision is then closed with fine sutures. Patients who are having the procedure done on both the upper and lower lid will have the upper lid treated first followed by an incision just inside the lower lid utilizing the same technique.
What Causes Vein Damage of the Eyelids?
The eyelids are especially susceptible to the development of damaged veins due to the delicate nature of the skin. The thin eyelid veins can easily bulge and become enlarged due to venous deficiency. Blood in the veins may flow backward instead of moving forward building up pressure on the walls of the capillaries and veins.
Blood Pressure and Age
Another culprit of veiny eyelids and face is due to high blood pressure, which can cause inflammation of the eyelids as a result. Rubbing of one’s face and eyelids too harshly can also break the very fragile capillaries within the eyelids. The aging process also takes its toll on every organ within the body. Aging skin becomes thinner, and as it does, the eyelid veins within naturally become more prominent.
An unhealthy lifestyle can take a toll on a person’s appearance and contribute to the development of spider veins around the eyes and on the eyelids. Excessive stress to the eyes, such as reading in harsh or dim light or spending extended time at the computer, can damage the eyes and the surrounding tissue, causing veiny eyelids and other problems.
Exposure to Sunlight
Though regular exposure to sunlight is just a normal part of life and necessary for a person’s health and well-being, overexposure can damage the skin, including the eyelids. Eyelids are some of the most commonly unprotected places on the face, and sun damage can cause spider veins.
Laser therapy treatment is used among experienced dermatologists for treating sensitive areas of the face, including the eyelids, as it pertains to vein damage. If you are experiencing spider veins on eyelids that have caused you to feel self-conscious or uncomfortable and have made you look older, the Skin & Vein Center can treat you.
Our modern laser treatments can gently and effectively eliminate broken capillaries and veins to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance, even after just one treatment. The treatment process is non-invasive and uses short, small bursts of laser energy to target broken capillaries beneath the surface of the skin. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our office today! We can also discuss some harmful myths about vein disease that you may have heard, to help you better understand the condition.
Patients that elect to undergo blepharoplasty experience the benefit of being able to return home shortly after the procedure has been completed. At most, patients report minimal side effects associated with this treatment which may include minimal swelling, bruising and puffiness at the incision point alongside the potential for temporarily blurry or watery eyes. To learn about possible complications, click here.
Many of these symptoms are easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications and most physicians recommend applying a cold compress to the eyes for about 10-minutes daily for a week or two following the procedure. Incision scars fade over time and are often reduced in appearance by their placement within the crease of the eyelid.
Many patients see immediate and lasting results after undergoing blepharoplasty while those with more severe drooping eyelid may prefer to undergo the treatment multiple times to achieve the desired results. As an added benefit to improved vision, the lifting of the eyelids generally leads to a more youthful appearance for many patients.
Prospective patients considering blepharoplasty to improve the lift of eyelids are encouraged to schedule a no-cost consultation at our Michigan center for cosmetic surgery, the Skin and Vein Center. It’s important that patients check with their insurance providers prior to undergoing treatment as the cost of blepharoplasty that improves an individual’s vision may potentially be covered.
If you’re interested in Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery in Michigan, call the Skin and Vein Center today!
Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure for those looking to regain or keep a youthful appearance. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, corrects sagging eyelids, reduces fat deposits below the eye, and removes excess skin from the upper lids.
Candidates for eyelid surgery include those experiencing excess or loose skin, bags under the eyes, or puffy eyelids.
For the upper eye, incisions are made in the crease above the eye and a thin crescent of excess skin and muscle are removed. For fatty deposit removal under the eyes, a small incision is made just inside the lower eyelid and the fat is removed.
Eyelid reduction surgery is generally done with a local anesthetic, and in some cases, a mild sedative.
No special preparation is required.
Incisions are made and the excess skin, fat, and/or muscle is taken out and then sutured.
You may experience mild discomfort or some swelling. You can expect to see a more youthful look. If excess skin was blocking your vision, you will experience a wider field of vision.
During the recovery, you should keep your head elevated to reduce swelling and bruising. You should also apply cold compresses and the prescribed antibiotic ointment. Most patients recover in 10 to 14 days.
Risks associated with eyelid surgery include swelling and bruising, eye dryness, difficulty closing your eyes, bleeding from the incisions, and infection.
The cost for eyelid surgery will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.
Eyelid Surgery is one of the least painful cosmetic procedures that can only bring you a bit of discomfort but a quick recovery!