The tender skin around our eyes begins to sag and lose elasticity as we age. If you are in your late 30s or early 40s, you may already have noticed your upper eyelids starting to droop. The appearance of darker “bags” of skin may be forming beneath your lower lids as well. With time, this eyelid sagging can worsen and eyelid wrinkles may begin to form.
As a result of drooping upper eyelids, your eyes can look smaller and your face can appear older or tired. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) performed by East Bay plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti can improve the appearance of the area around your eyes and perhaps even improve your vision.
Why Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, achieves several goals: it tightens droopy or hooded eyelids, restores contour to the lids and eliminates “bags” under your eyes. Eyelid surgery can make your eyes appear bigger and brighter so that you look younger and more alert. The immense popularity of this procedure is an indication of the great results that can be achieved.
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What to Expect
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation although, under certain circumstances, Dr. Mariotti may use general anesthesia. If you have chosen to combine your blepharoplasty with another procedure such as a face lift, neck lift or brow lift, these procedures can be performed at the same time.
To correct the upper eyelids, Dr. Mariotti makes a pair of incisions creating an elliptical shape across the eyelid crease. Excess skin is removed between the incisions, exposing the underlying muscle. A thin strip of this muscle is removed to help define the eyelid crease after surgery.
To correct the lower eyelids, an incision is made just below the lower lashes. Fat and excess skin are either removed or repositioned to fill in the area between the eyelid and cheeks, giving a more natural transition and younger appearance. If the skin below your eyes is puffy but not sagging, excess fat may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids, with no external incision or scar.
Your New Look after Eyelid Surgery
After eyelid surgery, patients will be able to go home after only a short stay in the recovery room. There will be a few stitches which Dr. Mariotti will remove in 5 to 7 days after surgery. Recovery times vary, but most patients are able to return to their normal activities after 7 to 14 days. Although any discomfort is relatively minor, patients typically experience mild bruising and swelling around the eye area, which should dissipate after about 10 days. You will want to avoid any vigorous physical activity for at least 3 weeks.
Many of Dr. Mariotti’s patients choose to enhance their results with BOTOX® Cosmetic at his Walnut Creek area practice. BOTOX Cosmetic can help temporarily lift the brow in addition to diminishing forehead wrinkles, opening up your eyes even further.
Take the first step toward your dream look and contact us online or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.