So much of your facial expressions and feelings are communicated with your eyes. Drooping eyelids and puffy under eyes can make patients look aged beyond their years, tired, and unapproachable. This, in combination with general facial aging, can produce an overall aesthetic that makes patients self-conscious about the way they look. With help from our Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Brad Stephan, you can enjoy a new look where you appear younger and well-rested. With a simple procedure focused around the eyes, patients often look rejuvenated overall.
To learn more about what an upper or lower blepharoplasty in Tampa can do for you, we welcome you to call Stephan Surgical Arts for your aesthetic surgery consultation!
Upper Blepharoplasty: Upper Eyelid Treatment
It may be a subtle change as the years go by, but the skin on your upper eyelids can sag with age. For some patients, this issue can become so severe the skin droops into their line of sight and obscures vision. Not only does drooping upper eyelid skin cause occasional functional problems, but it can also make you look significantly older than you are. For female patients, applying their favorite makeup can become messy or nearly impossible.
An upper blepharoplasty removes this excess tissue, firming and tightening the skin of the upper eyelids. Treatment effectively takes years off your appearance, so you can convey how you feel: energized, awake, and refreshed. Patients often combine a blepharoplasty with facelift surgery to ensure a wholly restored aesthetic.
Lower Blepharoplasty: Reduction of Eye Bags
Eyelid skin is quite delicate, and facial aging can make these sensitive tissues sag early, compared to other areas of the face. In addition to drooping upper lids, patients often notice the development of puffy skin under the eyes. This is perhaps the most significant contributor to looking tired and angry. Dark circles are one thing and can be concealed with makeup, but puffy undereye bags can’t easily be corrected without intervention.
Dr. Stephan provides lower blepharoplasties to smooth the skin under the eyes. This small change makes a difference in helping patients look friendly, refreshed, and youthful.
Many patients choose to have both an upper and lower blepharoplasty. In addition, CO2 laser skin resurfacing around the eyes may be used to further tighten loose skin.
Blepharoplasty Surgery in Tampa
Treatment is completed on an outpatient basis; you can have your aesthetic facial procedure and return home without an overnight stay in the hospital. Your treatment process begins after a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Stephan, where he will review all your aesthetic concerns and determine the best way to meet your needs. We only move forward with treatment after patients have had plenty of time to consider the provided information and feel confident in their choice. We are happy to serve as your guide in your aesthetic surgery journey.
During an upper blepharoplasty, incisions are placed along the natural creases of the eyelid, so they are entirely hidden after they have healed. Excess fat and skin are removed and the incision closed. When treating the lower eyelid area, an incision is usually placed just behind the eyelid. With this “transconjunctival” approach, the lower eyelid incision is completely hidden. Excess fat is removed or repositioned to smooth the puffy and baggy lower eyelid skin.
Dr. Stephan often completes lower blepharoplasties with the use of a CO2 laser, which is highly effective in rejuvenating the skin. Dull skin cells are removed, and the body’s natural healing process, including the production of collagen, is promoted. This allows your skin to look youthful.
Recovering from a Blepharoplasty
As with many facial surgeries, patients are advised to take a week away from work and social activities. After the first few days, you will feel physically better but bruising and swelling will still be apparent. At the second week mark, many patients are comfortable returning to work, especially if they have desk jobs.
You can help the recovery process by following Dr. Stephan’s instructions for postoperative care, including head elevation, icing, and getting plenty of rest. After the second week of recovery, patients are generally back to their normal selves, though some residual swelling may persist for a couple additional weeks. It’s essential to be patient as the delicate tissue in this area heals. With Dr. Stephan’s help, you can enjoy excellent results from your procedure and a comfortable recovery period.
Ask Dr. Stephan what we can do for you by contacting our office for your Tampa blepharoplasty consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharoplasty
If you have a condition called ptosis, which is muscle weakness that makes one eye appear smaller or drooping compared to the other, a blepharoplasty will not create the results you’re looking for. Correction of eye droopiness is a separate procedure. If you have excess skin after healing from ptosis repair, an eyelift may be recommended. Be sure to thoroughly discuss your concerns with Dr. Stephan so the best treatment plan can be developed.
In cases of severe upper eyelid drooping, where vision is affected, medical benefits may cover some or all the cost of your upper blepharoplasty. It’s important to talk to a representative from your insurance provider and visit your primary care physician for more information about benefits and treatments to alleviate medical conditions. If there is no functional need for an eyelid lift, it’s not likely that insurance will cover your procedure.
Blueish undereye circles and hollows under your eyes are common aesthetic complaints among patients. As blepharoplasty is intended to remove excess skin and reposition fat in the treatment areas, treatment won’t make the face appear fuller or change skin pigmentation. These issues can be best addressed with minimally invasive dermal fillers to plump gaunt regions of the face and laser skin resurfacing to encourage the growth of skin-firming collagen.
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