They say your eyes are the window to your soul. Your eyes portray many emotions and are the focal point of your appearance. The eye area is also one of the first places we notice age-related changes.
Sagging eyelids, excess skin, and under-eye bags are some of the ways we notice aging. Sometimes these changes can also affect your vision. If you want to improve the appearance of your eye area for a more alert and refreshed appearance, you might consider blepharoplasty.
At the practice of Anthony N. Dardano, we provide blepharoplasty for the upper or lower eyelids as a way to improve your eye area for an enhanced look.
How it works
Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. Whether you’ve heard about it before or this is the first time, you must fully understand the procedure before opting for it.
A major surgery, blepharoplasty is a predictable procedure that Anthony N. Dardano, DO, FACS, performs regularly. This procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis and can correct the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or a combination of both. During your surgery, Dr. Dardano makes a series of incisions in your eyelids to remove excess fat, sagging skin, and muscle before placing stitches.
What it helps
You might consider blepharoplasty if you are bothered by:
- Droopy upper eyelids
- Excess skin of the upper eyelids that inhibits vision
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids
- Under-eye bags
While you’ll notice a change to your eyelids immediately after treatment, the results generally take around six weeks to notice the full effects.
Preparing for the procedure
Like any surgery, there is preparation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. The first step in the process is to meet with Dr. Dardano and an eye specialist to review your medical history and expectations.
Before surgery, you’ll need to undergo:
- A physical exam
- A vision exam
- Eyelid photography
Many patients who are in good health and are over the age of 35 make great candidates for this procedure. To help ensure your safety and get the best results, Dr. Dardano requests you to stop medications and supplements that increase bleeding like warfarin, aspirin, and ibuprofen. You will also be asked to quit smoking and arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from surgery.
Blepharoplasty provides dramatic and long-lasting results for patients who are embarrassed by the aging eye area. However, it is crucial to mention that, like any surgery, there is downtime associated with the procedure.
After 5-7 days, you will return to our office, so Dr. Dardano can remove your sutures. Here are a few tips you should follow to ensure you get the best results.
Blepharoplasty aftercare includes:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking lots of fluid
- Walking everyday
- Avoiding alcohol for three weeks
- Taking medication as needed from Dr. Dardano
- Avoiding driving while on medication
- Avoiding sun exposure to scars for a year
Most patients are healed and can return to their everyday life after 10-14 days. Contrary to popular belief, eyelid surgery is one of the least painful cosmetic surgeries and has a mild recovery.
Schedule a consultation to see if a blepharoplasty is for you. Call 561-202-1248 or schedule online.