One of the most popular types facial rejuvenation techniques is blepharoplasty, also known as the eyelid lift. There are several variations to consider and some patients may not be candidates for all types of cosmetic eyelid surgery. Dr. Mohan guides his patients along each step, from the initial consultation through the procedure and into recovery. Blepharoplasty, as with any kind of surgery, has risks and complications, so it’s a good idea to ask questions.
What is Blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is primarily intended to correct sagging skin and loss of volume in the cheek and eyelids. The goal in facial rejuvenation is to make the face more youthful and to turn back the clock in a way that also looks natural.
Blepharoplasty is the most common procedure for improving sagging eye skin, and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids. The goal of the procedure is to remove extra skin and fat in the eyelid. Sometimes fat is repositioned or grafted to make the eyelid look more youthful.
What Makes a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty ?
Patients who are ideal candidates for a blepharoplasty are in good health and have signs of facial aging associated with the lower face and neck. Patients typically present with fine lines, excess skin and fat in the upper and lower eyelids. Patients undergoing a blepharoplasty range from ages 40-80.
Options and Variations
There are many different types of blepharoplasty techniques and Dr. Mohan formulates an individualized plan for each patient depending on their examination. Dr. Mohan performs an upper eyelid blepharoplasty technique that is aimed at removing excess skin and fat. Some patients experience improvement in vision after the procedure. The lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a completely different procedure that is aimed at removing extra skin and fat in the lower eyelid. Sometime fat is transferred or grafted or repositioned in this area to add volume where it is lost. The muscle may also need to be tightened in certain cases.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Mohan will conduct an evaluation of the patient’s skin and identify opportunities to improve the appearance of eye wrinkles, including non-surgical options. When non-surgical options cannot produce a desired result, patients will then be evaluated for surgical options such as blepharoplasty . The procedure will be described to patients in detail so that they have a grasp on how invasive or non-invasive the surgery will be and can determine whether or not it’s worth pursuing.
Dr. Mohan may make additional recommendations at this time for other procedures which may help the patient to achieve desired results of youthful appearance, such as the brow lift. As well he may make recommendations for skin care treatments or products to help restore the quality of the skin. The goal is for Dr. Mohan to formulate a plan that each patient is most comfortable with and addresses his or her desires.
Before the procedure
Patients should follow any pre-surgical instructions. Some patients may be required to undergo a physical or receive a release for surgery from a primary care doctor prior to scheduling a procedure. All patients will be provided with information about the procedure and aftercare instructions before surgery. Patients who smoke are advised that it is best to abstain from smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery through recovery for best results.
The day of the procedure
The procedure is done at an accredited surgery center or at a hospital. On the day of surgery, Dr. Mohan will perform markings to plan the procedure. Afterwards, under general anesthesia, Dr. Mohan will perform the procedure which will take about 1-3 hours depending on the complexity and extend of the procedures. Most patients can go home the same day after the procedure.
Description of procedure
During and eyelid lift the surgeon makes incisions along the creases of the patient’s eyelids to trim sagging skin and muscle, as well as to remove excess fat. Once the tissue is excised, the skin is joined with tiny stiches designed to reduce the appearance of scars.
After the procedure
Patients are given detailed instructions on the recovery process. Swelling and bruising can be present for up to one week after surgery. Dr. Mohan teaches each patient on how to care for and take care of the incisions during the recovery process. Patients are given special eye-drops and prescription medications to speed up the recovery process. Sutures are removed about one week following surgery, and most people can return to work within one to two weeks. Most patients feel comfortable returning to social settings two weeks after surgery.
Patients can resume their normal exercise regimen 4 weeks after the procedure – once the wounds have sufficiently healed. After one month, Dr. Mohan teaches different techniques and modalities to minimize scarring. Complete healing may not occur for two to three months.
Limitations, Risks, and Possible Complications
- Infection and bleeding
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
- Noticeable scarring
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discoloration
- The need for a follow-up surgery
- Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
- Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anesthesia and blood clots
Why should you choose Dr. Raja Mohan?
Dr. Mohan has a high-degree of success with his eyelid-lift patients. A leader in the industry, his techniques for delivering patient results and satisfaction set the gold standard for plastic surgeons in the field. Ultimately however, patients choose Dr. Raja Mohan for the results. His patients look and feel their best, and so can you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to learn more about whether or not blepharoplasty is for you please call (469) 301-1725 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raj Mohan, board certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He operates in Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Irving, and Coppell.