Enhance Your Youth with Eyelid Surgery
If the eyes are the window to the soul, what story do your eyes tell? Do they relay the you are tired because they are puffy? Maybe that you are sad, because your eyes are droopy? Or is it that you have difficulty seeing because loose skin is sagging over your eyes?
Whatever it may be, eyelid surgery offers patients necessary or desired reconstruction and repair due to any of these concerns including lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. For most aesthetic and even functional concerns, eyelid surgery provides the solution; after, all it is the third most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. Continue reading to learn more about Harvard-trained cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper and his mastered techniques for creating attractive, natural looking results from this popular surgery.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a type of surgery that alters the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The aim is to improve the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes and to improve vision obscured by drooping eyelids.
The Eyelid Aging Process
As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull of gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges. On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of seeing. The fat that cushions the eyeball from the skull can also cause bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, letting the fat come forward into the lids.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Eyelid surgery can very simply restore your youthful appearance and take years off your face:
• Incisions are made in the fold or crease of the upper eyelids and right at the lash line of the lower eyelids.
• Through these incision sites, Dr. Cooper can eliminate skin and fat.
• Patients can have just upper eyelids done or can request that both upper and lower eyelid surgery be performed at the same time.
• Upper eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with a brow lift to create a synchronized and substantially improved appearance in the upper face region.
What About Incisions and Scars?
• Upper eyelid surgery: Dr. Cooper will mark the natural lines and creases of your lids and keep your scars as hidden as possible along these natural folds. Fine sutures will be used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing scar visibility.
• Lower eyelid surgery: In traditional blepharoplasty, Dr. Cooper will make the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
During your eyelid surgery recovery, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases, your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze, after your procedure is completed.
You will be given specific instructions that include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Jason Cooper.
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment.
• Stitches are usually removed two to seven days after surgery.
• Most patients need to avoid contact lenses for about two weeks after the procedure.
When to Consider Eyelid Surgery
• If you have excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
• If you have loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes.
• If your upper and lower eyelids appear puffy, making your eyes look tired and aged.
• If you have deep grooves under your eyes.
Eyelid Surgery Candidates
In general, good candidates for eyelid surgery include:
• Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.
• Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for eyelid surgery.
• Individuals without serious eye conditions.
Are Results Permanent?
While cosmetic procedures can dramatically improve appearance, they are not the ultimate Fountain of Youth.
• The aging process will continue and — as with any cosmetic procedure — your improved appearance due to an eye lift will not last indefinitely.
• Depending on your health and other factors, eyelid surgery can last as long as ten years.
Your Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Dr. Jason Cooper will evaluate you as a candidate for eyelid surgery and clarify what blepharoplasty can do for you. Once he understands your goals, he may suggest additional or related procedures.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your complete medical history. This will include information about:
• Previous surgeries
• Past and present medical conditions
• Allergies and current medications
Dr. Jason Cooper’s Practice
Dr. Jason Cooper is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Combined Plastic Surgery Residency training program and is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also the recipient of Vital’s Patients’ Choice Award, Vital’s Compassionate Doctor Recognition, and Vital’s Top 10 Doctor Award in plastic surgery for Boston, MA, Greater Boston, and the state of Massachusetts.
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