Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Oxford, MS
When we think of visible aging, we often think of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin on the mid and lower facial regions. However, we often fail to consider what aging will do to the appearance of our eyes. As we age, the skin around our eyes begins to weaken and sag. The drooping skin can hang over our eyes, blocking our vision and making us look angry or sad. Additionally, bags and sagging skin can develop under the eyes, making people appear older than they really are.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that addresses loose or sagging skin that forms around the eyes. It accomplishes this by removing or repositioning fat pockets and trimming excess skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids.
If you are looking to improve the appearance or functionality of your eyelids, blepharoplasty may be right for you.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women looking to improve the appearance of their eye region. Eye surgery candidates should be in good health with no underlying health conditions that increase the likelihood of surgical complications.
Additionally, candidates should:
- Not smoke or be willing to quit — at least temporarily
- Have realistic expectations of their results
- Not have any serious eye conditions
A consultation with Dr. Shell will help you determine if blepharoplasty is for you.
What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty surgery can provide patients with:
- A younger-looking appearance
- A greater field of vision
- Reduced wrinkles
- A rested appearance
What Are My Options for Eyelid Surgery?
Depending on your needs for the procedure, you will benefit from different surgical techniques.
Your blepharoplasty options include:
Upper eyelid surgery is best for patients with sagging skin and wrinkles in their upper eyelid. Dr. Shell will make incisions along the upper eyelid crease to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. The remaining tissue is then redistributed and tightened.
Lower eyelid surgery is beneficial for patients with wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags. During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Shell will make incisions below the lower lash line to remove or redistribute excess fat.
What Is the Recovery From Eyelid Surgery Like?
Most patients can return to work within seven to ten days after undergoing blepharoplasty surgery. Your vision may be slightly impaired for the first few weeks of your blepharoplasty recovery. Additionally, your eyes will be swollen and bruised, but this should only last between one and three weeks.
Please avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks after your procedure.
When Will My Blepharoplasty Results Be Visible?
Your results from blepharoplasty will be visible as soon as swelling and bruising subside, which will take a few weeks. Results will continue to improve for the next six weeks.
Please visit our blepharoplasty before and after gallery to see what this procedure can do for you.
Can Any Other Procedures Be Performed in Combination With Blepharoplasty?
Patients looking to improve the appearance of their eyelids may be interested in undergoing other cosmetic procedures at the same time.
Common procedures performed in combination with eyelid surgery include:
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty
Are my blepharoplasty results permanent?
Eyelid surgery results are long lasting and will not revert on their own. However, no plastic surgery procedure can stop the natural aging process, and additional eyelid laxity may eventually develop.
You can help prolong your blepharoplasty results by practicing good skincare habits, such as following a skincare regimen and wearing broad-spectrum SPF.
Will I need a facelift at the same time as my eyelid surgery?
It is not required to undergo eyelid surgery and facelift surgery together; however, some patients choose to do so to maintain facial balance and harmony. If you are experiencing aging signs in both the upper and lower face but only address one area, the aging in the untreated area may become more noticeable.
Dr. Shell will review all of your surgical options during your consultation.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for eyelid surgery?
During your blepharoplasty consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all facial 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 (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS). He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Aesthetic Society (ASAPS), the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
Interested in Learning More About Oxford, MS
If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from upper or lower eyelid surgery, please contact our office at 662-236-6465 or fill out our online contact form.