The eyes are a prominent component of the human face. While the eyes themselves are expressionless structures, the surrounding skin conveys a great deal of emotion. The tissue, muscle, fat, hair and lashes all contribute to a wide array of expressions. Unfortunately, wrinkles and deep lines as well as puffiness under the lids develop as you age. In addition, factors such as heredity and sun exposure can and often will contribute to the aging process. In many cases, people can often appear fatigued and worn out, and begin to look older than their true age. In addition to the possibility of visual impairment, these changes in your appearance can lead to stress and anxiety.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Henderson will evaluate your medical history in order to better understand your overall health. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes and face are made in order to determine the most effective surgical approach. The amount, distribution and type of excess skin to be removed are carefully reviewed.
You will be provided with pre-operative instructions. These instructions may call for specific medications be withheld from your daily routine; among these are aspirin and any medications containing it for several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Check with your doctor before withholding any medications. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to decrease the chance for infection.
Blepharoplasty is performed to correct sagging eyelids, bags or pouches beneath the eyes, as well as excess folds around the eyes. This surgical procedure is often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures including facelifts, eyebrow, and forehead lifts. Blepharoplasty is usually performed at an outpatient surgery center. It can be done under general anesthesia or IV Sedation, both are very comfortable options. Pre-medication is utilized prior to surgery, in order to decrease swelling after the operation.
At the conclusion of the surgery Dr. Henderson will place small sutures which are used to close the incision and special ointments and dressings may be applied. The surgery can take up to 2 hours.
Initially, drying of the eyes can occur after Blepharoplasty. Yet, this condition can be alleviated with medication. In addition, you may be sensitive to bright light and wind for a period of time. Numbness and itching may also occur during the healing process. A final evaluation may occur within several months from the initial surgical procedure.