As we age, the ligaments and skin in the lower eyelids stretch and lose elasticity. When this stretching occurs, naturally occurring fat below the eye can fall forward and lead to the appearance of “bags” and dark circles in the lower eyelids.
Lower eyelid surgery (or lower eyelid blepharoplasty) is a procedure that helps to improve the appearance of “bags” and dark circles in the lower eyelids. This improvement is achieved by a combination of different techniques that involve the removing and repositioning of fat. Skin in the lower eyelid can also be resurfaced with a laser at the time of lower eyelid blepharoplasty to help improve the appearance of fine lines wrinkles. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can also be performed with upper eyelid blepharoplasty to help rejuvenate the appearance of the entire aesthetic unit around the eyes.
Benefits of a Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can:
Improve the appearance of “bags” and dark circles in the lower eyelid.
Improve lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Create a more rested, youthful appearance.
Candidates for a Lower Eyelid Surgery
Candidates for lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) include those who:
Do not have a history of significant eye problems.
Do not smoke and remain in good health.
Do not have a history of excessive scarring or keloid formation.
The Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can often be performed entirely through an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, which helps to avoid the appearance of a visible scar. Lower eyelid fat is then sculpted and repositioned to help remove bagginess and create a more rejuvenated, refreshed appearance.
Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision on the inner surface of the lower eyelid. Your body will absorb these sutures, which will not need to be removed. Laser resurfacing of the lower eyelid skin can be performed immediately after surgery while the patient remains sedated in the operating room.
Results and Recovery After Lower Eyelid Surgery
Following surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. Bruising and swelling are usually present for approximately two weeks. Length of recovery time will depend on the technique utilized during surgery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities after one or two weeks.
Post-surgery recommendations following eyelid surgery include:
Apply an ice pack to the surgical areas during the first three to four days after surgery to control swelling.
Refrain from wearing contact lenses or makeup around the eyes for the first week after surgery.
Protect your skin from the sun, which will help prevent scarring.
Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting weights over eight pounds for the first few weeks after surgery.
Schedule a Lower Eyelid Surgery Consultation
If you would like to learn more about how our surgeons at Visage Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery can help enhance your lower eyelids, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your unique aesthetic goals.