Look Youthful with Blepharoplasty in Farmington and Hartford, CT
Aging around the eyes is a common concern for both men and women. Droopiness and redundant skin of the upper eyelids can develop while puffy bags and wrinkling can form under the eyes. The main solution to these complaints is a surgical cosmetic procedure called blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift. Dr. Karter and Dr. Seeley skillfully perform this procedure at Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic and at times functional, eyelid surgery. The goal of the procedure to create a younger-looking and refreshed appearance by opening the area around the eyes. During blepharoplasty, Dr. Karter or Dr. Seeley will carefully reshape the tissues of the upper or lower eyelids. They may remove skin, muscle, excess tissue, or fat during the procedure. We can perform eyelid surgery on the upper eyelid alone, the lower eyelid alone, or both eyelids together depending on your unique needs.
On the upper eyelid, incisions are typically placed in the natural crease of the eyelid. When the eye is open, any scarring that may occur remains hidden in the crease. A properly placed incision in a natural fold is practically invisible once healing has occurred.
With a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions are either located along the lash line and in the smile creases of the lower lid or behind the eyelid itself. These incision placements minimize any visible scar.
Blepharoplasty offers not only cosmetic but functional benefits as well. Sagging upper eyelids can sometimes obstruct the field of vision, addressing this sagging and loose skin can increase visibility and help patients achieve clear sight.
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Your Blepharoplasty Consultation at Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery
Patients interested in learning more about eyelid surgery can call one of our offices to schedule a consultation. We have locations in Farmington, Glastonbury, and Avon, CT. Our helpful staff will explain the consultation process and help you schedule an appointment to come in and meet with us. We recommend a consultation with any patient that is interested in learning more about eyelid surgery.
Our consultations are patient-focused. We want you to share your unique story and address your individual goals. Our surgeons want to understand why you are considering surgery, what you hope to achieve, and what reservations you may have concerning the procedure. We’ll talk about the aging process, focusing on the area around the eyes. After an examination and discussion, our surgeons will offer treatment recommendations.
For many of our patients with eyelid aging, blepharoplasty will be an ideal fit. We may recommend complementary surgical procedures like a brow lift or facelift if needed. In many cases, non-surgical procedures like BOTOX® and dermal fillers can be used post-operatively to maximize results. We want each patient to understand their options, surgical or nonsurgical before they decide. We also want them to understand the risks, benefits, and limitations of each procedure they are considering.
Our consultations always end with patient questions. Feel free to ask our experienced facial plastic surgeons any questions you may have. Many of our patients prepare for their visit by writing questions down and bringing their list along on the day of their blepharoplasty consultation.
The Day of Surgery: What to Expect from Blepharoplasty in Farmington & Hartford, CT
All our surgical procedures, including eyelid surgery, are performed at an accredited, off-site surgical center. Plan on arriving in the morning. Your caregiver will drop you off and pick you up after surgery, as you won’t be able to drive on the day of your procedure. The surgery center has a parking garage available with direct access to the center via the elevator.
Before your procedure you’ll meet with your surgeon one final time, to review recovery instructions and prepare for surgery. Surgical markings, if needed, are made at this time.
A typical blepharoplasty takes one to two hours. After a short period of monitoring in the post-surgical care area, patients can return home to begin recovery. We do ask that someone stay with you for the first day or two. We provide very detailed instructions for recovery and are always available to answer questions.
Recovery After Eyelid Surgery
When you get home after your procedure, elevate your head and rest as much as possible. Cold compresses are helpful for reducing swelling and discomfort and are encouraged for the first two days after your procedure. Incisions are cleaned a few times daily and an ointment, like Aquaphor, is applied to prevent dryness. Covering the eyes with bandaging is not necessary or recommended.
Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common. These symptoms will fade quickly and, if needed, pain medication can be used. Many patients find that prescription pain relief isn’t necessary. As healing progresses, you may notice that the eyes feel sticky, itchy, or dry. These symptoms are common, and eye drops can be used to provide relief. We’ll remove any permanent stitches within a week of surgery; self-absorbing stitches do not require removal.
To ensure proper healing and best results, make sure you protect your eyes from the sun. Dark sunglasses should be worn diligently any time you’re outside for the first several weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
When considering a facial plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to ask questions and do some independent research. Find answers to common questions below. Of course, we can’t answer every question here. Feel free to get in touch for personalized answers to your questions about eyelid surgery.
Blepharoplasty is well tolerated by most patients. Although some discomfort is expected during the first few days, most patients find it is easily managed by elevating the head and using a cool compress. We will provide a prescription for pain medication or help you choose an appropriate over-the-counter option, as needed. Many patients do not use pain medication after blepharoplasty.
Recovery progresses quickly after eyelid surgery. We remove stitches one week after surgery, and many patients choose to return to work around this same time. We’ll discuss your timeline for returning to work during your consultation.
Eyelid surgery is typically performed one time. Results last for many years for most patients. Genetics, lifestyle, and other factors may affect your results.
Contact our Facial Plastic Surgeons for Blepharoplasty in Farmington or Harftford, CT!
Patients interested in learning more about eyelid surgery are encouraged to schedule a consultation. We focus on honest information, shared dialogue, and collaborative decisions to ensure each patient is delighted with their experience at Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery. To schedule your eyelid surgery consultation with us, call us at (860) 676-2473. We serve patients throughout Hartford County including Farmington, West Hartford, Avon, Simsbury, Glastonbury, and Wethersfield.