Dr. Hause treats eyelid surgery patients at his premier plastic surgery offices in Sacramento. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Hause describes the operation and explains how he has helped eyelid surgery patients look younger, more rested and more relaxed.
What Eyelid Surgery Corrects
As a result of aging and environmental damage, skin of the eyelids can become redundant, causing wrinkles, which may even impair vision. A technique called blepharoplasty (eyelid lift or eyelid surgery) is designed to remove excess skin and restore a more youthful and attractive appearance to the eyes. If needed, excess fat can be recontoured or removed and droopy upper eyelids can be repositioned, giving the face a brighter, rested look.
In the past, rejuvenation of the eyelids was limited to removing skin and fat. However, it is now known that if this is overdone in the upper lid, the brow is pulled down, causing a more tired and sad appearance. Therefore, it is always necessary to consider the brow when planning eyelid surgery. Considering this balance allows Dr. Hause to tailor the surgery to the specific needs of each unique person and achieve the most elegant and long-lasting results.
More about Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia. Dr. Hause can treat the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both, depending on the patient’s specific needs.
If treating the upper eyelids, Dr. Hause makes the surgical incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through the incision, he removes or repositions surplus fat, modifies or tightens the muscles as needed and removes excess skin. If treating the lower eyelids, Dr. Hause makes the surgical incision just below the lower lash line or within the lower lid (this is known as the transconjunctival incision). Through the incision, he removes excess fat to reduce puffiness, and makes other modifications as needed to smooth and tighten the lower lid.
Both the upper and lower eyelid incisions are positioned in such a way as to conceal any post-operative scarring in the natural folds and creases of the lids. Eventually, scarring should be nearly invisible.
Eyelid surgery can be combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure for more comprehensive anti-aging results.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
It is common to have some temporary swelling and bruising for about a week after surgery. The eyes may feel dry or irritated. Any discomfort can be quelled with pain medication, cold compresses and a special ointment.
Patients must rest and relax during the initial week or so of recovery, avoiding any strenuous movement or activity. Slowly, they can incorporate more activity into their routine. Most patients return to work within five to seven days.
After healing from the operation, the eyelids look smoother and better-defined, and the entire eye area has an alert and rejuvenated appearance.
Schedule an Eyelid Surgery Consultation
If you are interested in eyelid surgery and how it can help your eyes look more youthful, rested and attractive, please schedule an informational consultation with Dr. Hause. Call (916) 646-6869 to make an appointment today.