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Eyelid Surgery: What You Need to Know

Your eyes are a distinctive feature. They can say a lot about you. Whether they show that you possess a youthful quality because of their alert appearance or that you’ve weathered a tough life because of bags beneath, the eyes are an essential facet that helps people gauge who you are. Having an alert, youthful image defining your eyes is often desirable because it shows people that you are energetic, fresh with vitality and willing to take on the world. The latter, eyes that show signs of age and stress, isn’t exactly desirable, but unfortunately affects many people.

Many people consider having eyelid surgery to relieve themselves of cosmetic concerns surrounding their eyes because they seek to restore their image into a youthful one. Perhaps, you are one of those people but don’t know what eyelid surgery is exactly or if it is right for you. If you are, below you will find answers to common questions everyone asks themselves before undergoing surgery.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is an exceptional procedure that involves removing and repositioning fat, muscle, and skin, causing the eyes to have an unflattering droopy appearance. The procedure can treat the upper and lower eyelids. For upper eyelid surgery, hanging skin can be lifted and contoured so that your eyes are no longer obstructed by excessive eyelid skin. While for lower eyelid surgery, bags and lines beneath your eyes can be improved. The two procedures involve making one incision inside the natural creases of your eyelids, which results in no visible scar.

Eyelid surgery is an excellent procedure that has allowed many to live their life with confidence – without having to worry if their eyes are causing them to look tired, dull and drab.

How Do I Know If Eyelid Surgery Is Right for Me?

Eyelid surgery is perfect if you struggle with excessive eye skin getting in the way of your vision or bags beneath your eyes that make you appear older than you are. However, the procedure is not ideal for treating certain cosmetic conditions such as ‘crow’s feet’ or lines and wrinkles surrounding your eyes. The procedure can be performed in conjunction with other treatments, such as Botox or a chemical peel if you are seeking to have a more rejuvenating treatment. You can also combine the procedure with a brow lift, which will help correct the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead.

The procedure is often performed on patients that are 35 or older but can be performed on you if you are younger and dissatisfied with your eyelid’s appearance.

How Should I Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?

Before undergoing eyelid surgery, you will be given a list of instructions to follow to ensure you have a successful surgery and healthy recovery. Instructions you will be provided may include quitting smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine is notorious for affecting how the body heals, so if you smoke, it is best to quit for at least two weeks (or quit entirely!) You will need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood-thinners, for some time because they can result in excessive bruising or bleeding after your surgery.

Being prepared mentally for your surgery will be beneficial. Although eyelid surgery is a relatively minor procedure, you may be nervous. Don’t worry! As long as you have the procedure performed under an expert’s guidance, your procedure will go swimmingly. Having realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can do for you is also key. Eyelid surgery is not a transformative procedure but can potentially boost your image by giving you a more alert appearance.

How Long Do Eyelid Surgery Results Last?

Eyelid surgery creates long-lasting results, which can last for as long as 10 to 15 years (in some cases even longer!) However, as you continue to age, so will the skin surrounding your eyes, which means your results will not be permanent. Sagging eyelids and bags can return. Despite this, it is possible to have eyelid surgery performed again, allowing you to attain that vibrant image in your eyes when you had your initial eyelid surgery.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Eyelid Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are going to be some risks. However, risks associated with eyelid surgery are rare. Some potential risks include infection, dry eyes, bleeding, discoloration of the eyelids and difficulty closing the eyelids all the way. Although these complications are rare, it is good to keep them in mind if you are considering the procedure. Having your procedure performed under the guidance of an expert in eyelid surgery can help minimize risks.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

Eyelid surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, which can vary in cost. Certain factors can influence your eyelid surgery cost, including where you are located, who your surgeon is, and the extent of how much work needs to be done. The procedure typically costs $2000 to $5000.

Can Eyelid Surgery Improve My Appearance?

Eyelid surgery has many cosmetic benefits. As mentioned, the procedure is excellent for treating aesthetically-displeasing excessive eyelid skin and puffy bags beneath the eyes.

Eyelid surgery can improve your appearance by:

  • Removing excessive sagging skin from your upper eyelids
  • Removing and repositioning fat deposits that are causing puffy eyes
  • Tightening the muscles surrounding the eyes, creating a more alert appearance
  • Removing bags or hollows beneath your eyes

Can Eyelid Surgery Improve My Vision?

Absolutely! Eyelid surgery is a particularly unique procedure because it has cosmetic and medical benefits. When used for medical purposes, eyelid surgery is considered a functional procedure. In some cases, the eyelids can become too heavy and sag so much that they obstruct a sufferer’s vision. This condition can affect your peripheral vision, which makes simple tasks such as driving or reading difficult. With eyelid surgery, this no longer has to be a concern, allowing you to see more clearly.

Where Can I Have Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be performed under the expert guidance of Dr. James Marotta of Marotta Plastic Surgery in Long Island, NY. Dr. Marotta is an experienced facial plastic surgeon with many years of experience in blepharoplasty. During an initial consultation with him, he can assess your eyelid skin’s quality and determine if eyelid surgery is right for you. If he decides you are a good candidate, he will perform your eyelid surgery with a precise eye, creating results that will make your eyes visibly more youthful.

If you are a resident of Long Island, NY or surrounding communities and have been struggling with excessive eyelid skin or bags beneath your eyes affecting your image, perhaps it is time for eyelid surgery at Marotta Plastic Surgery. Please schedule a consultation today at 631-982-2022 or by visiting our contact page.