Blepharoplasty: What To Know

Your eyes are the most expressive features of the face. The eyes can tell others whether you are happy, sad, angry, etc. With aging skin, the eyelids can start to droop, become heavy, and even become baggy. This can often lead people to think you are angry, sad, or just lead to an aged appearance. In some cases, the upper eyelids can droop over the eye, causing your vision to be disrupted. If you are experiencing any of these concerns, you should meet with our team at the AESTHETIC CENTER AT WOODHOLME to learn about eyelid surgery.

What is Blepharoplasty?

EYELID SURGERY, or blepharoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle in the eyelids. This surgery can be done on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat that weighs heavily on the eyes and creates the look of tired, droopy eyelids. During lower eyelid surgery, excess fat and tissues are removed to target heavy bags and deep wrinkles. The result is wider eyes with a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

Eyelid lifts are one of the most common facial plastic surgeries performed in the United States each year. Blepharoplasty is often combined with other facial rejuvenation options like a brow lift or facelift for optimal improvements. DR. PAPEL, DR. KONTIS, or DR. BROWN will examine your eyelids, go over your concerns, and discuss your options with you at a consultation appointment.

You May Be a Good Candidate If:

  • You have loose, sagging skin in the upper eyelid that impairs vision.
  • You have fatty deposits that cause puffiness in the eyelids.
  • You have bags under the eyes.
  • You have droopiness of the lower eyelids.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You are in good general health.
  • You have realistic expectations for the results.

Non-Surgical Eyelid Lift Options

Depending on the location of the excess skin and fat, you may have other options to address your eyelid concerns other than a surgical blepharoplasty procedure. BOTOX injections can lift the eyebrows which can improve the appearance of the eyelids by reducing skin sagging. However, repeat treatments are necessary to maintain the results.

If you wish to avoid surgery and only have slight skin excess, another option is FRACTIONAL EYELIFT. This is done using a laser. The surgeon will create a thin wound around the eyelid with a laser. As the wound heals, the skin becomes tighter which helps smooth out the eyelid.

It is important to discuss your concerns and expectations with our team so that we can find the best-suited treatment for you.

What is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?

The recovery from BLEPHAROPLASTY is typically short, lasting around 10 days. Some side effects that are present after surgery are swelling, bruising, and some general discomfort. This will be at its worst the day after surgery and diminish during the following days. Pain medication and cool compresses can be used to help ease any discomfort. Any activities that could strain the eyes should be avoided. After a week, you will most likely be able to return to your normal routine.

Schedule a Consultation

DR. PAPEL, DR. KONTIS, and DR. BROWN are board-certified surgeons in the Baltimore area. They have all performed many successful eyelid procedures. To learn more about eyelid surgery and how it could be beneficial to you, contact our team at the AESTHETIC CENTER AT WOODHOLME to SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION for blepharoplasty in Baltimore.

Dr. Ira D. Papel is certified in Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Papel earned his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from Boston University of Medicine. He completed a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Papel is considered an international expert in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial aesthetic surgery.