The eyes have a tremendous impact on appearance. Unfortunately, eyes are often the first place to show signs of aging. Skin around the eyes is half as thick as the rest of the facial skin, has fewer oil glands, and weaker internal support. The anatomic differences combine with heredity, sun damage, stress, fatigue, and a lot of exercise to make the eyes “the first to go”. That is why range of people, young and old, men & women, can benefit from eyelid surgery. The procedure can remove bags, pouches, and excess skin from under and over the eyes. It is sometimes accompanied by an eyebrow lift to lessen forehead wrinkles and creases, and raise sagging eyebrows.
Eyelid surgery usually takes 1-2 hours. Through incisions made along natural skin creases, the surgeon removes excess skin (which causes the wrinkles) and unwanted fat (which causes the heaviness).
After surgery, any soreness is controlled by medication and cold compresses limit swelling and bruising. Occasionally, patients may experience excessive tearing or light sensitivity. This usually responds to eye drops and does not last long. Most patients are up and around in a day or two and back to work in 7 to 10 days.
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Friends and co-workers ask patients if they have been away on vacation or on a new health plan. For those whose drooping eyelids were limiting their vision, eyelid surgery can provide a widened window to the world. Patients look fit, refreshed, and alert. They are amazed at how a little improvement around the eyes can have such a dramatic impact on both the physical appearance and mental attitude.
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