Are You a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
The ideal candidate for eyelid surgery has concerns about the appearance of either their upper or lower eyelids and wants to achieve a rejuvenated or refreshed look. Many patients come in for consultation because they would like improvements to the “bags” or discoloration under the eyes that make them look tired. Also, these patients may have concerns about the excess skin of the upper eyelids and the heaviness that it creates. Patients can even feel tired because the of the extra weight of the excess skin.
The eyes are the first thing you notice when you look at someone… and youthful appearance of the eyes can portray health and vibrancy. If the eyes look tired, others can assume that you feel that way as well. Eyelid surgery is designed to correct these issues and help patients looks as healthy as they feel.
There are many options for improving the appearance of the eyes without surgery. Botox and injectable fillers can be very beneficial in certain patients but there are limitations to what they can achieve. Surgery is usually not recommended for younger patients who can delay blepharoplasty through non-surgical procedures.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Can:
- Improve the appearance of droopy eyelids
- Relieve heavy eyelids or eyelids that feel tired
- Reduce puffiness or swelling around the eyes; bags under the eyes
- Allow the eyes to appear brighter and more refreshed
Before & After
Before & After Eyelid Surgery
A surgical eyelid rejuvenation can correct redundant skin of the upper and lower eyelids and puffiness in the eyelids that cannot be removed by skin tightening procedures alone. The procedure is simple and is performed under light anesthesia at West Annapolis Surgery Center.
What to Expect
What To Expect From Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, does not change the shape of the eyes or give a tight, pulled or surprised look. It is simply designed to make you look more rejuvenated and refreshed.
Eyelid surgery is performed either in office, under local anesthesia or in the operating room under sedation. The procedure is safe and effective with very minimal risks.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Patients who have droopy or heavy eyelids may elect to have upper eyelid surgery. During this procedure, a small incision will be made in the crease of the upper eyelid. The excess skin and puffiness will be removed effectively improving the weight of your eyelids. Fine sutures will be placed to minimize the scar.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery can improve a puffy appearance or “bags” under the eyes. During the procedure, the incision is made along the lash line or in the smile crease to minimize the visibility of scars. As in upper eyelid surgery, excess fat, muscle and skin are removed and then the incision is closed with fine suture. Fat in the lower eyelids can be moved to the upper cheek, creating more fullness to give a natural, full appearance of the eyelid in relation to the upper cheek.
Recovery time from eyelid surgery is generally 5 days at which point the sutures are removed. Patients usually experience a pink appearance at the stitch line along with some minimal swelling and/or bruising which generally subside within a few weeks. Most patients are quickly back to social activities after 7 days with a little makeup to hide the residual yellow bruise which can last up to 2 weeks.
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Why Choose Us
Why Choose Dr. Henry D. Sandel, IV?
Annapolis Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Sandel is double board-certified in Advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as general Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology. He has performed hundreds of cosmetic eyelid surgical procedures during his career. Dr. Sandel founded the Sandel Center in Annapolis, MD in 2007 and has developed a reputation based on his skill, patient results and warm, caring patient centered philosophy. Also, his specialization in facial procedures allows him to consider the entire face and how the eyes play a part in aesthetics to give the patient a natural, rested and rejuvenated appearance. Meet Dr. Sandel
“Best Cosmetic Doctor in Annapolis”
We are proud to have been voted Best Cosmetic Doctor in Annapolis in The Captial 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Dr. Sandel was also voted by other physicians in the Annapolis area as a “Top Doc” for plastic surgery.
Non Surgical Eyelid Rejuvenation
There are a number of non-surgical procedures that can be performed for patients looking to refresh the appearance of droopy eyelids, puffy eyelids or tired eyelids. These techniques are not permanent but are generally suitable for younger patients who may not be ready for eyelid surgery or for patients who wish to delay their eyelid surgery.
Dermal fillers are one of the most conservative approaches to nonsurgical eyelid procedures. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm® or Restylane®, are injected just under the surface of the skin around the eye and is a good option for patients who are early in the aging process.
Botox® is applied to the outer corners of the eye to relax the muscle and give the eye a more open appearance. Another option is chemical or laser resurfacing. These procedures can ease the effects of sun damage and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.