The eyes are often referred to as the windows to the soul. Unfortunately, the delicate tissue around the eye is also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. As we reach middle age, the delicate skin can begin to stretch and sag, wrinkling and drooping downward. While these changes in skin texture are predominantly genetic, they can also result from sun damage, smoking, and illness. This sagging, wrinkled tissue can make the appearance look sad, sleepy, or uninterested. In the most extreme cases, the heavy upper lids can even impair vision. For over 10 years, the Choe Center has been helping to restore a refreshed, awake appearance for patients with the blepharoplasty procedure. As Virginia Beach’s top cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Choe’s eyelid surgery can improve vision difficulties, lift drooping eyelids, smooth bags/dark circles under the eyes, make applying makeup easier, and take years off the appearance.
Blepharoplasty at the Choe Center
An eyelid lift, also known as the blepharoplasty, is a specialized surgical procedure created to eliminate lax, sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelid, as well as to smooth unsightly, bulging fat pads below the eyes. Although these changes are one of the first signs of early aging, with Dr. Choe’s eyelid lift, the eyes can look dramatically brighter and more awake.
An eyelid lift can improve:
- Puffiness, due to excess fatty deposits, along the upper eyelids
- Loose skin that sags over the natural contour of the lid
- Excess tissue and fine wrinkles along the lower eyelid
- Bags and bulging tissue under the eyes
- Droopy lower eyelids.
Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty
Men and women frustrated with drooping eyelid tissue or bulging fat pads can make an excellent candidate for the blepharoplasty procedure. Potential patients should have healthy facial muscles, be a non-smoker, understand the eyelid lift procedure, and hold reasonable expectations for their final results. However, not all conditions can be improved with the blepharoplasty. To find out if the eyelid lift is the best technique for you, a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Choe can be scheduled at the Choe Center.
An Eyelid Lift Consultation with Dr. Choe
The first step towards a blepharoplasty is a consultation appointment with Dr. Choe. At this time, he will perform an evaluation of the eyelids and facial tissues, review your medical history, and answer any initial questions. Dr. Choe will explain your treatment options, including the blepharoplasty process. Using before/after photographs of his recent eyelid lift patients, Dr. Choe will help you to visualize the potential results. Once it is determined that the eyelid lift is right for you, a personalized treatment plan will be created.
The blepharoplasty procedure will take from one to two hours to complete, using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Since it is an outpatient procedure, patients are home the same afternoon.
For an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr. Choe will make an incision will along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. For a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions may be made below the lower lash line. A Transconjunctival approach (an incision inside of the lower eyelid) is often used for patients dealing primarily with bulging fat pads. Working through the incisions, Dr. Choe will then remove the unwanted, loose skin and fatty tissue. Once the desired level of correction has been obtained, sutures are then placed for proper healing.
Recovery and Results From the Blepharoplasty
The recovery from a blepharoplasty will take from one to two weeks. Most patients are healed and ready to return to work in seven to fourteen days. After the first week, patients can resume wearing eye makeup and contact lenses. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting can be slowly added after four to five weeks.
The bruising following a blepharoplasty may take several weeks to fade. A tight or sore feeling across the lids is normal. Dr. Choe will prescribe pain medications, as needed, for a comfortable healing process. The results from an eyelid lift are long lasting and will become more apparent as the swelling and bruising dissipate. As the skin continues to age, small changes may be noted in the eyelids, however, the results from a eyelid surgery can be enjoyed for years to come.
Potential Risks and Complications from an Eyelid Lift
The blepharoplasty is a tried and true cosmetic procedure that is considered extremely safe when performed by an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Choe. Common side effects from the procedure include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and a tight feeling across the lids or treatment area. More serious complications are rare, but can include bleeding, dry eyes, infection, ectropion (outward rolling of the eyelid), and changes in vision.
Blepharoplasty Procedure in Virginia Beach
As one of the most trusted cosmetic surgeons in Virginia, Dr. Choe brings patients more than a decade of surgical experience. Specializing in procedures of the face and neck, Dr. Choe is known for his consistently safe and effective results. If you have questions, or would like to schedule a eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Choe, contact his Virginia Beach office at 757.389.5850.
What is a blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a technique created to rejuvenate and brighten the eye area by removing excess skin and bulging fat pads. The procedure can dramatically refresh the appearance.
Am I a good candidate for the blepharoplasty at the Choe Center?
Anyone in generally good health, who is looking to improve sagging upper eyelids or puffy under-eye bags may make an excellent blepharoplasty candidate.
What type of anesthesia does Dr. Choe use during the eyelid surgery?
The eyelid surgery is performed using a general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with IV sedation.
How is the eyelid surgery performed?
Dr. Choe will begin the eyelid surgery by creating a small incision along the crease of the upper eyelid and either inside of the lower eyelid or below the lower eyelid lashes. Once the incisions are made, excess fat and skin are removed. The remaining tissues are lifted, and once the desired results have been obtained, dissolvable sutures are placed for healing.
How long will my blepharoplasty take to perform?
Generally, Dr. Choe’s blepharoplasty takes from one to two hours.
Does blepharoplasty leave scars?
Though the incisions made during blepharoplasty can scar, they are very well concealed. In an upper blepharoplasty, incisions are located in the crease of the upper lids. For a lower blepharoplasty, incisions are located either inside of the lower lids or just below the lower lash line.
Is the blepharoplasty painful?
Dr. Choe’s blepharoplasty is not a painful procedure. It is common to feel mildly sore and report tightness across the eyelids for several days following the procedure. Any discomfort will be well controlled by Dr. Choe through the use of prescription pain medications.
What is the healing process like, following a eyelid surgery?
The eyelid surgery recovery process will take one to two weeks. After your eyelid lift, some bruising and swelling are normal, but will fade over the following several weeks. The lids may be tender and feel tight, as well. In one week, makeup and contact lenses can be worn.
When can I return to work following my eyelid lift?
Most people are feeling well enough to return to work seven to fourteen days after their blepharoplasty procedure.
What are the potential complications of the eyelid surgery?
Since the eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure, there is always a small chance for complications to occur. Side effects include swelling, bruising, a tight feeling, and tenderness. More serious risks, although rare, include bleeding, scarring, ectropion, permanent numbness, and blindness.