Eyelid Surgery Southlake
As people age, their eyes sometimes begin to take on a tired appearance, with droopy upper eyelids and baggy lower lids that can make you look more tired, angry or sad than you truly are. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, performed by Grapevine and Southlake plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Bledsoe can reverse this process and help patients achieve a more youthful, alert look to the eyes that can brighten the whole face.
In addition to receiving a refreshed appearance, patients who undergo blepharoplasty may also experience an improvement in vision following surgery. For those who suffer from ptosis, a condition in which their sagging eyebrows obscure the eyesight, eyelid surgery can restore an unobstructed field of vision. For these patients, the procedure may be covered in part by medical insurance.
Candidates for Blepharoplasty with Dr. Bledsoe
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women in good physical and emotional health who are experiencing saggy upper eyelids or baggy lower eyelids. The procedure is typically performed on patients over the age of 35. However, some younger people develop droopy eyelids due to genetic factors and are also good candidates for the eyelid surgery.
Blepharoplasty cannot treat dark circles under the eyes, droopy eyebrows or wrinkles, such as crow’s feet around the eyes. However, other treatments are available for these conditions. For example, patients with droopy eyebrows may be a good candidate for brow lift surgery, while those wishing to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet may be offered Botox injections. In many cases, two or more of these treatments may be combined to create a rejuvenated upper face appearance.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure in Southlake / Grapevine, Texas
Dr. Bledsoe performs blepharoplasty on an outpatient local surgical center or another local outpatient hospital facility with the patient under one of various types of local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s desires. The procedure usually lasts between one and three hours and may involve either the upper or lower eyelids, or both.
For the upper eyelid surgery, Southlake / Grapevine plastic surgeon Dr. Bledsoe makes incisions along the natural crease of the eyelid, removes excess skin and fat, and in some cases tightens the underlying muscles before suturing the incision.
When performing blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids, Dr. Bledsoe typically creates incisions on outside of the eyelids just below the lashes. Next, skin and fat is excised and the incision is closed with sutures. If only fat is being removed, but not skin, Dr. Bledsoe may make the incision on the inside of the lower eyelid.
Recovery from Eyelid Lift Surgery with Dr. Bledsoe
Dr. Bledsoe’s Southlake / Grapevine blepharoplasty patients will experience some pain and swelling following the surgery, which can be treated with medications prescribed by Dr. Bledsoe. Grapevine / Southlake eyelid surgery patients will receive detailed instructions regarding eye care after surgery. These steps will include cleaning the eyes, using eye drops for lubrication, wearing sunglasses and using cold compresses to control swelling.
Dr. Bledsoe will remove the patient’s stitches approximately one week after surgery. Most Grapevine / Southlake blepharoplasty patients can usually return to their normal activities in several days but should refrain from exercising or heavy lifting for two to four weeks.
Dr. Bledsoe is committed to providing excellent blepharoplasty results in a safe, caring atmosphere. In addition to eyelid surgery, he offers a wide selection of other treatments for the face, including brow lift, ear surgery, lip augmentation and rhinoplasty. In addition, he is a highly regarded Grapevine and Southlake facelift surgeon who is frequently praised for his superb facial rejuvenation skills.