Eyelid surgery has become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures to reverse signs of aging and fix vision impairment. One of the leading surgeons in this department is Dr. Briggs Cook, founder of Pure Facial Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in Huntersville, North Carolina. In this blog, Dr. Cook will discuss everything you need to know, from what exactly eyelid surgery is, to the process and benefits. If you are unhappy with the look or function of your eyelids, this procedure may be the answer to your prayers.
What Exactly is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as Blepharoplasty,is a popular permanent procedure among men and women, where excess skin and fat is removed from the area around the eyelids. Often eyelid surgery targets the upper eyelids, as this skin tends to sag downwards during old age, interfering with vision and desired physical appearance. However, eyelid surgery can also be performed on the lower eyelids.
Typically, Dr. Cook only recommends eyelid surgery to patients over the age of 35 as it helps correct the signs of aging and improve vision. Younger patients are only recommended the procedure if it is appropriate treatment for certain congenital disease or trauma that targeted the eye area.
During the procedure, Dr. Briggs Cook uses minimal anesthesia on his patients, which allows them to be conscious during the procedure yet relaxed. Minimal anesthesia is highly recommended for the patients comfort and safety.
The procedure begins with an incision along the natural crease of skin that lays on the upper section of the eyeball so the doctor can remove excess skin and/ or fat. When the surgeon is satisfied with the results, he closes the eyelid. Clients with severe “Crow’s-Feet” (wrinkles around the eyes) require an extended incision to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The process is mimicked on the bottom eyelid, but instead the incision is on the lower lash line or inside the eyelid.
Often both eyelids are done during the same appointment. However, the procedure can be done in two or more appointments depending on the patient’s needs, such as when only one eyelid has excessive skin and healing is required before a surgeon can determine if the second eye requires the procedure.
Healing and Aftercare
After a short recovery at the surgical center, patients are able to return home to heal. Some side effects while healing include blurry vision, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Briggs Cook recommends setting up a safe and comfortable space prior to the surgery, as well as having a trusted friend or family member nearby for assistance. Typically, patients require 7 to 14 days of rest from their regular routines.
Those who have recently undergone eyelid surgery must be careful with prolonged exposure to screens such as televisions, computers and phones as they dry out the eyes and create discomfort, which may extend the healing process. For the pain caused by swelling, Dr. Cook recommends using non-prescription pain medication. When patients have returned to their regular routines, they must apply sunscreen to the skin around their eyes, as this skin is very sensitive and requires extra protection from the sun.
Eyelid surgery is a safe and permanent solution to reverse signs of aging and fix impaired vision. With an experienced and courteous surgeon like Dr. Briggs Cook by your side, you are guaranteed to love the results! Book your appointment with Dr. Cook today at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery & MedSpa.