Eyelid surgery (technically known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or bags under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is his or her eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Plastic surgery patients from Montana, Nebraska, Rapid City and surrounding areas choose eyelid surgery for a more rested and youthful appearance.
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery
Women and men consider eyelid surgery to improve any of the following concerns:
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
Dr. Snyder is certified by both the American Board
of Plastic Surgery and the American Board
of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. Newer techniques may include BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician's office. Having additional cosmetic procedures performed can increase the overall length of the surgery.
Recovery for Eyelid Surgery Patients
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, plastic surgery patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting.
Would you like to learn more about eyelid surgery? Request an appointment online with Dr. Mary Snyder or call her at the office of Monument Plastic Surgery at (605) 721-5065.