David M Creech, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon located in Chandler, AZ
Blepharoplasty Q & A
How does blepharoplasty improve my appearance?
It’s often said that the earliest signs of aging begin around your eyes. When you look in the mirror, you may see old, tired-looking eyes, or maybe people always ask if you had a good night’s sleep because your eyes appear swollen with bags under your eyes. Fortunately, an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty can give you dramatically younger eyes.
When Dr. Creech performs blepharoplasty, he improves many cosmetic problems, including:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids
- Fat accumulation that makes the eyelids look puffy
Droopy upper eyelids can get so severe that the eyelids drop down and cover part of your eye, blocking your vision.
What causes the eyelid changes that can be corrected by blepharoplasty?
Aging is one of the primary causes of droopy, baggy eyes. As the outer parts of your eyebrows droop, the skin of the upper eyelids also becomes loose and saggy, as if you had developed extra skin that was not there several years earlier. Trimming this excess skin drastically improves that droopy look.
Eyelid fat is another cause of tired-looking eyes. This fat is normally held in place by a thin wall of fibrous tissue. Over time, this tissue sags, allowing the fat to bulge and give you baggy upper and lower eyelids. During blepharoplasty, Dr. Creech trims the fat and tightens the wall, restoring a youthful contour.
What should I expect during blepharoplasty?
Dr. Creech can restore your upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. You can also have other procedures done at the same time, if desired, including a facelift, neck lift, or eyebrow lift.
During your procedure, Dr. Creech makes a fine incision in places where the scar is hidden, such as in the upper eyelid crease or just below your eyelashes on the lower eyelid. After making an incision, Dr. Creech removes excess fat and skin, repositions the remaining fat to soften your appearance, and tightens the underlying muscles.
What should I expect after blepharoplasty?
Recovery from eyelid surgery takes 7-10 days. Afterward, you have some bruising and swelling and a small amount of lumpiness at the corners of your eyes, but these issues resolve during your recovery. You may also experience blurry vision that quickly improves.
Sunglasses allow you to go out in public immediately after surgery. You can start wearing makeup within five days, and most patients resume their normal activities six to eight weeks after surgery.
To learn more about blepharoplasty, call David Creech, MD, today.