Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It works by removing excess fatty deposits and loose, sagging skin from the surrounding area of your eyes. The result is a rejuvenated facial appearance that looks rested and more alert.
At his Northern Mississippi practice, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell routinely performs eyelid surgery on men and women seeking a more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a face lift or neck lift surgery.
Who is the Right Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery will be motivated to improve their appearance through surgery. Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds on the upper eyelids, sometimes obscuring vision
- Excess fatty deposits on the upper eyelids
- Puffy bags that appear beneath the lower eyelids
- Droopy lower eyelids, showing the white below the iris
- Excess skin or wrinkles appearing near the lower eyelids
Additionally, ideal candidates for eyelid surgery will possess healthy facial tissue and muscles, as well as realistic surgical expectations. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you based on factors such as medical history, facial bone structure, and skin elasticity.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery
There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with eyelid surgery:
How does eyelid surgery work?
Eyelid surgery typically takes one to two hours to complete and is performed under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Shell will begin by making incisions that are concealed within the natural structures of your eyelid region. Incisions will be made in the creases of the upper eyelids and just below the lashes of the lower lids.
Through these incisions, Dr. Shell will be able to gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue and muscle. Excess fat and sagging skin will be removed. Incisions will be closed with sutures.
What happens after eyelid surgery?
It is common for patients to feel some tightness and soreness near the eyelid area. Dr. Shell will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to promote healing and minimize swelling and bruising. The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising begin to subside. Most patients are able to return to work within ten days of surgery.
Are the results permanent?
The results from eyelid surgery will be long-lasting. Any fat that has been removed will not grow back. It is important to note that eyelid surgery will not prevent your eyes from aging. Over time, your natural aging process may result in additional sagging or wrinkling in the treatment area. Lifestyle choices and environment will greatly impact the aging process.
What are some of the risks associated with eyelid surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery does present a degree of risk. Fortunately, significant complications are rare. Dr. Shell and his staff will explain in detail the risks associated with eyelid surgery. Some of the potential risks may include infection, blood clots, dry eyes, abnormal discoloration of the eyelids, asymmetry, and difficulty keeping the eyelids closed.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for eyelid surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice utilizes the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are considering eyelid surgery, contact board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Dan Shell. His office is conveniently located in Oxford, MS. Email us or call 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation in Northern Mississippi.