They say the eyes are "the windows to the soul." Whether that's true, one thing is certain: the eyes play a vital role in your facial appearance. For many people, sagging eyelids and eye bags detract from the beauty of the eyes, creating a tired or grumpy appearance even when one is well-rested.
Eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) can correct excess skin at the upper eyelids and bags at the lower eyelids, reducing that tired look and helping to achieve an awake and more youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is typically recommended in cases where the patient exhibits excess eyelid skin or small deposits of fatty tissue around the eyes. These conditions not only detract from your appearance, but may also hinder vision in severe cases.
As you age, the skin around the eyelids can become stretched and excess tissue can accumulate to form eye bags. These conditions are very common among adults, which is why eyelid surgery has become such a popular cosmetic procedure.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery Boston
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure carried out through incisions in the natural creases of the eyelids. Dr. Howrigan removes excess fat and skin around the eyelids with meticulous care. The procedure requires about 1-3 hours under local anesthesia.
Once the excess tissue has been removed, Dr. Howrigan closes the incisons with fine sutures and then applies eye lubrication, ointment and a bandage. As the anesthesia wears off, your eyes may feel sore or tight. The doctor can prescribe a pain medication to manage discomfort during your eyelid surgery recovery. She will also provide specific post-operative instructions for you to follow, including steps to keep the head elevated during sleep, using cold compresses to minize swelling or bruising, and postponing contact lens wear for about 2 weeks. The recovery from eyelid surgery will take about 7-10 days.
Do you have questions about eyelid surgery in Boston? Get answers during a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Peggy Howrigan M.D., who performs eyelid surgery in the Boston area. Contact our office for a consultation.