Our eyes are one of the first places that we begin to show our age. Excess skin and fat in your eyelids can cause you to appear tired and older than you actually are. Sagging of the eyelids can cause you to appear sleepy or uninterested in the person you are talking to or doing business with. In severe cases, the excess eyelid skin can actually block vision causing a functional problem as well.
Eyelid reshaping is a relatively small surgery that can be done on outpatient basis. Unless you have other surgeries performed at the same time, you will be able to go home the same day with little discomfort and just a few eye drops to help keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities in two to three days. For patients that work, you should plan to be out at least a week to prevent any bruising from being noticed by your co-workers or clients.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen often perform eyelid rejuvenation at the same time as they work on other parts of the face or body. Most commonly, Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen perform eyelid surgery in conjunction with a face or brow lift to fully rejuvenate the face.
The scars for a blepharoplasty are placed within the natural eyelid creases. As a result, once you are healed, it is nearly impossible to tell if someone has had an eyelid rejuvenation.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen specialize in eyelid surgery. Your surgeon will remove the extra skin and fat from your eyelids while taking great care to leave just the right amount of fat behind to give you a full youthful look. Your surgeon will not pull your skin tight or hollow out your eyelids, which can make you look different but not younger.
In patients with severe cases, excess eyelid skin can partially obscure a patient’s vision. For these patients, eyelid rejuvenation may improve their field of vision, but for most patients there is no change in vision after the surgery.
Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen will meet one-on-one with you in his office. He will talk to you about your concerns and listen to your goals for the surgery. He will examine your eyelids and design an operation that is custom tailored to the amount and location of extra skin and fat within your eyelids. He will answer all of your questions and make sure you understand everything that is going to happen before, during and after the surgery.
On the morning of surgery, your surgeon will meet with you again and make sure that all of your questions and those of your loved ones are answered. You will be able to go home the same day with some eye drops and instructions for some cold compresses. You will have minimal discomfort and should be up and around the night of surgery. By the next morning, you will be feeling great.
Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen will see you one week after the surgery, and he will carefully remove a few tiny stitches from the wound. There will be no dressings to change and the swelling and discomfort should be near totally resolved. You will be looking and feeling wonderful.