If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the eyelids are the curtains. Over time, these curtains become worn. Your eyelids, just like the rest of your skin, lose elasticity. Upper lids become droopy, and hang over your eyelashes. Not only does this give you a more aged appearance, it can also impair your vision, making it difficult to see. Lower lids wrinkle and bulge. All of this can make you look old and significantly affect your self-confidence. If you want to improve the appearance of your eyelids, Dr. Haigney of Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery can help. He is experienced in many facial cosmetic surgery procedures – forehead lift, brow lift and of course eyelid surgery – allowing you to have the youthful appearance you desire.
In order to undergo eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, you must have a pre-operative appointment with Dr. Haigney. During this appointment, your medical history is evaluated to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Your eyelids will be examined to figure out the best course of action for your procedure and images will be taken so that a comparison can be made after surgery to see how much improvement has been made. Dr. Haigney will also provide you with pre-operative instructions.
After you receive anesthesia, the incisions will be made. If you are having your upper lids done, the incisions are made on the natural creases of your lids, which allows for scars to be hidden. Excess fat and tissue is removed, and what’s left is repositioned. The incisions are closed with tiny stitches.
For your lower lids, there are a few different procedures that can be used. One method uses an incision just along the lash line, through which excess skin and fat can be removed and the remaining can be repositioned. The other method is called a transconjunctival incision, which is done on the inner portion of the lower lid. Skin and fat are redistributed, but nothing is removed.
Care After Your Procedure
After your incisions are stitched closed, Dr. Haigney will give you after care instructions. These will include how to take care of your incisions, medications, what activities to avoid, signs and symptoms to watch out for and when you should follow up.
It is not unusual to experience some swelling and bruising. You may experience a small level of discomfort. Swelling can be eased with cold compresses and you will be given a prescription for pain medication. Following the doctor’s instructions, as well as taking any prescriptions as directed, are important for proper healing. Should you notice anything wrong, call the office immediately.
Am I a candidate?
Eyelid surgery is not right for everyone. You may be a good candidate if:
If your eyelids are starting to droop and you are unhappy with your appearance, a blepharoplasty procedure might be able to help. Contact us today at (704) 255-5888 to find out more.