Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) in Albuquerque, NM
More than any other facial feature, it’s our eyes that brighten the face and help express a wide range of emotions, and people are increasingly turning to eyelid lifts to revitalize the look of tired, aging eyes. This cosmetic surgery can refresh your appearance by reducing under-eye bags, lifting sagging lids, and sculpting your eye contours.
You may be an ideal eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) candidate if you have one or more of the following:
- puffy eyelids
- sagging skin in your upper eyelids
- tired looking eyes
- wrinkled lids
- heavy or droopy upper lids
- impaired vision
What can I do about the bags under my eye?
It’s quite natural for our lower eyelids to become loose and stretch out due to aging and elastic tissue damage caused by sun exposure. Bags under our eyes are caused by fat around the eyeball that pushes out on our loose lower lids. The eyelids stretch from the pressure of the fat, and a bulge develops. As sunlight or room light shines down from above, a shadow is formed under the bulge. It’s this dark shadow that creates a tired, aged look.
What can I expect during upper eyelid surgery?
Dr. Tuggle performs eyelid surgery under intravenous sedation or a light general anesthesia. For upper eyelid rejuvenation, we use radiosurgery to make tiny, well-hidden incisions along the natural lines of the upper eyelid. Excess skin, and occasionally protruding fat and excess muscle, is removed using a special laser that prevents bruising. We close the lid with dissolving sutures to minimize discomfort. The stitches are hidden in the natural crease when the eye is open. You can expect only mild swelling and minimal bruising, thanks to the cutting-edge advantage of laser technology.
What can I expect during lower eyelid surgery?
The lower lid blepharoplasty was designed to improve the puffy, protruding skin below the eyes. Dr. Tuggle makes a fine incision inside the lower lid with a laser that prevents bleeding, bruising, and swelling almost completely. He may also make an incision just below the lower eyelashes to remove loose skin from the lower lid and then close it with dissolving sutures. Noticeable bruising usually only occurs when skin is removed along with the fat. The skin heals extremely well in the lower lid, and fortunately, there is rarely a noticeable scar line.
Eyelid Surgery Aftercare
After eyelid surgeries, most patients are back to their normal routines within a few days, although complete recovery may take a few weeks. Swelling, bruising and mild discomfort can be a part of the recovery process but nothing that can’t be alleviated with cold compresses and appropriate medication. Makeup should not be applied to the upper lid or lower lid suture line until two days after suture removal.
To prevent additional swelling, limit strenuous activity for a week after surgery. Feel free to take part in your everyday activities as your bruises subside and you feel comfortable with your appearance.
Sometimes the wrinkles around the eyes are etched into the skin and cannot be removed by a blepharoplasty procedure alone. We tailor eyelid lifts to individual patient’s needs to enhance a firmer, more youthful appearance. Adding some additional skin wrinkle treatments, such as laser resurfacing, chemical peel, or home skin care with tretinoin (Retin A), to your procedure may bring you even closer to the brighter, more energetic look you deserve.
If you have low or droopy brows, we recommend having a brow lift prior to an eyelid lift to maximize blepharoplasty results. Removing excess upper eyelid skin in someone with low brows usually causes the brows to appear droopier. You can learn more about brow lifts here.