What is a Blepharoplasty?
Are you tired of having tired eyes? The sagging skin and fat deposits that come with age aren’t kind to the eyes. And it doesn’t help that this area has some of the thinnest skin on the entire human body, so it is more prone to wrinkling and sagging.
Blepharoplasty to the rescue! That’s the clinical term for eyelid surgery and it can return a youthful, rested look to your eyes and the overall look of your face. After all, the eyes are the focal point when humans look at one another.
Dr. Renato Saltz can perform eyelid surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids, removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles where needed. Specifically, he can remove or reposition excess fat deposits to take away the puffy look of your upper eyelids. On the bottom lid, he can remove excess skin or tighten the skin to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and bags under the eyes.
What concerns will blepharoplasty address?
Eyelid surgery is a subtle way to really change the age of your face. This is because the eyes are the first thing most people notice about a person when meeting them for the first time. By removing excess, sagging skin, repositioning fat pockets, and tightening elevator muscles as needed, eyelid surgery is very effective.
Here are areas Dr. Saltz looks to target:
- Loose, sagging skin that creates a hooded look on the upper eyelids
- Fatty deposits that make your eyelids appear puffy
- Bags under the lower eyelids
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal the white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?
Every year, eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries around the world. That’s because it delivers dramatic results, yet it does so subtly. It’s generally thought that eyelid surgery takes about a decade off a patient’s facial age. This is because sagging, drooping eyelids can really make the face look much older. Unlike many other procedures, eyelid surgery is subtle. Unless you tell someone you’ve had this surgery, they won’t know. All they’ll know is that you look more alert, refreshed, and rested.
“My experience with Dr. Saltz and his staff including nurse Tara, was very positive. Most important and huge is the outcome of my facial surgery for which Dr. Saltz deserves the credit. I look like myself, but refreshed and younger.” -J.H.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
If you’re over 40, odds are you could benefit from this surgery with the surgical expertise of Dr. Saltz. This is especially true if all of those 40 years have been spent in the sunny, high altitude of Utah, where we beat up the skin around our eyes even more than in cloudier, lower places.
If you feel sagging skin on your eyelids is making you look perpetually tired, this is a great procedure. If you have serious bags under your lower eyelids, this is a great procedure. If you want to take about a decade off of your facial age, this is a great procedure.
Eyelid surgery is popular with both women and men at our Salt Lake City and Park City offices. After all, aging shows no genetic preferences when it comes to our eyes.
About Blepharoplasty with Dr. Saltz
Eyelid surgery is very delicate, involving small incisions. The position of those incisions depends on which eyelid is being addressed. For upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid so it will be well concealed. The procedure then involves tightening muscle tissue, repositioning fat, and removing excess skin.
For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made just below the lower eyelash. Through the small incision excess skin is removed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and bags. Another option, a transconjunctival incision, can be made inside the lower eyelid to further minimize scarring.
If you are prone to dark circles under your eyes, Dr. Saltz can also use a laser chemical peel to remove or thoroughly lessen their appearance. If this is something you are interested in, you can discuss this with Dr. Saltz during your consultation.
“One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to choose Dr. Saltz as my surgeon! I had consults with other plastic surgeons after a botched surgery in the past and I felt most comfortable and confident with Dr. Saltz… My eyes are amazing – everyone tells me how great and well-rested I look, and no one knows why. My husband compliments me all the time too. People have always told me how young I look for my age, but now even more so. I am grateful for Dr. Saltz and his expertise!”
What kind of results can I expect from eyelid surgery?
As mentioned above, these procedures deliver dramatic results, but they do so very subtly. People will only know that your face and eyes look refreshed, more alert, and you look younger.
It’s generally thought that eyelid surgery takes about a decade off of the patient’s facial age. And these are permanent changes. The excess skin that Dr. Saltz removes is gone for good. He’ll reposition fat as needed and that won’t accumulate under the eyes to the same degree again. Sure, your eyelids will continue to age, and they will sag somewhat moving forward, but they will never even approach the degree of sagging and drooping that caused you to seek this surgery. You’ll enjoy your younger looking eyes for the rest of your life.
Recovery After Eyelid Surgery
Recovery from eyelid surgery is very fast. After your surgery, you will be given an eye lubricant, cold compress, and possibly light gauze bandages for your eyes to reduce bruising and swelling, and to keep you comfortable. There will likely be some bruising and minor swelling, but in a week or so your eyelids should look perfectly normal. After around a week, your stitches will be removed and you’ll enjoy your new, younger eyes.
Eyelid surgery is sometimes covered by insurance. Although Dr. Saltz is not a preferred provider with any insurance plan, we can provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company post-surgery so you can seek reimbursement.
Will I have scarring after eyelid surgery?
In the upper eyelid, Dr. Saltz makes the incision in the natural crease, effectively hiding it from view. In the lower eyelid, the incision is made along the eyelash line or on the inside of the eyelid. Both options show little if any scarring. Eyelid skin is very thin, and it heals very quickly and effectively. This keeps scarring to a minimum.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
Recovery from this surgery is not difficult or even very painful. Dr. Saltz will prescribe prescription pain medication, but most patients don’t feel they need it, opting instead for over-the-counter options. The pain from this surgery is not acute, and most of the discomfort resolves within the first two or three days.
“They have the best team, and very caring. The consultation was a great flow, and they were very honest. When I had my consultation, they went over everything so well, and they spent all the time I needed or wanted with them. Definitely would recommend them to everyone! I went to a few consults before I made my decision, and they blow everyone out of the water. This team makes you feel comfortable, and like you’re their really good friend. Not to mention I got exactly what I wanted, and it exceeded my expectations.” – K.H.
Is eyelid surgery safe? What are the side effects and risks?
These are delicate procedures that you only want to trust to a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Saltz. This is a safe procedure and the eyelid skin heals very quickly due to its thinness. Of course, this is surgery, so all of the risks inherent with any surgery apply: reaction to anesthesia, possible infection, poor incision healing, excessive bleeding, and such. These are rare.
With eyelid surgery in particular, there is a risk of damaging the elevator muscles that control the eyelids, which could lead to entropion or ectropion (where the eyelids bend the wrong way), difficulty closing your eyelids, or dry eye. Again, these are very rare. These are safe, and very rewarding procedures for our Salt Lake and Park City patients.