With age, your eyelids tend to take on a baggy and droopy appearance. If you’re concerned that eyelids make you look tired, you may benefit from cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. At Coastal Eye Surgeons in Greenwich, Connecticut, experienced ophthalmologist Omar Shakir, MD, MBA, performs eyelid surgery to correct stretched, sagging eyelids. For more information on eyelid surgery, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Your skin becomes less elastic as you get older, and combined with the effects of gravity, it’s common to experience noticeable, bothersome changes to your eyelids. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can correct issues with the appearance of your eyelids and help your eyes look more youthful or alert.
Dr. Shakir can perform eyelid surgery in-office at Coastal Eye Surgeons on your upper or lower eyelids. The procedure involves removing excess fat and loose muscle and skin. It can improve cosmetic issues including bags under your eyes, lower eyelid wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin on your upper eyelids.
Though eyelid surgery is usually cosmetic, you may also choose to get it for medical reasons. Sometimes, loose or sagging skin in your upper eyelid can get in the way of your vision. If that’s the case, eyelid surgery can restore your vision, with the added benefit of improving the appearance of your eyelids.
The first step if you’re interested in eyelid surgery is to determine if you’re a good candidate. It’s important to make sure you don’t have any serious eye or medical conditions that interfere with healing. Before moving forward with eyelid surgery, Dr. Shakir performs an eye exam and reviews your medical history.
If you’re a good candidate for in-office eyelid surgery, Dr. Shakir goes over your goals and expectations for the surgery. For example, eyelid surgery is effective for many cosmetic issues, but it doesn’t improve crow’s feet wrinkles or dark circles under your eyes. He may recommend other cosmetic procedures if you have goals outside what eyelid surgery can do.
Each person’s eyelids are different, so Dr. Shakir takes photographs of your eyes from many angles. This helps him prepare for the surgery.
For your safety, you’ll need to stop smoking several weeks before the surgery. You may also need to stop taking medications that increase bleeding beforehand. Dr. Shakir gives you detailed instructions leading up to the procedure.
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in-office at Coastal Eye Surgeons and takes about two hours. You can expect to go home the same day, but you’ll need someone else to drive you.
At the beginning of the procedure, you receive a sedative medication so you can relax and local anesthesia to numb the treatment area.
During the procedure, Dr. Shakir removes excess fat, skin, and muscle as needed. He cuts along the natural folds of your eyelids, so there’s minimal scarring. You may require small stitches, which stay for less than a week.
It’s common to have some swelling and bruising after blepharoplasty. Your eyelids should go back to normal within a week or two.
The results from blepharoplasty are long-lasting. However, note that you will continue to experience natural age-related changes.
For more information about eyelid surgery, schedule an appointment at Coastal Eye Surgeons online or over the phone.