Our eyelid surgery in Philadelphia can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both. This delicate surgery will remove excess skin creating droopy eyelids that add years to your facial appearance or may affect peripheral vision. On lower lids, the incision is placed within the lid to smooth under eye bags for a fully refreshed, more youthful look.
What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
The eyes are the windows to the soul, and when there is sagging or drooping above the eyes or bags under the eyes, it can make a person appear old and tired. Superficial signs of aging around the eyes can make it hard for a person to feel confident about how others perceive them. Unfortunately, at-home treatments are no match against certain signs of aging in the eye area. Eyelid lift surgery is a perfect option for someone looking to correct bags, fine lines, wrinkles, and a “hollow” appearance around the eyes.
Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery
Reduced Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Our Main Line blepharoplasty surgery involves the removal of excess fat muscle and or skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Patients can enjoy smoother skin and a more refreshed appearance after this procedure.
A Younger, More Alert Appearance
Excess skin and sagging tissues around the eyes can cause a person to look tired, sad, or old. A patient can expect the eyes to look more alert and youthful once displaced fat is removed, excess skin is removed, and sagging muscles are tightened.
Although blepharoplasty is often known as a facial cosmetic surgery, many people undergo the surgery for vision reasons. When the upper eyelids have excess skin or hanging tissue that nearly touches the pupil, a person may find that their vision is obstructed. Eyelid lift surgery involves the removal of droopy eyelid skin and muscle tightening to correct obstructed vision.
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell and he will evaluate your facial structure, goals, and concerns. He will examine the structures of your eyebrows and forehead to determine how to create the most aesthetically pleasing outcome. Once he has a complete understanding of your goals, Dr. Pontell will suggest the appropriate brow lift technique for your facial anatomy.
What Does An Eyelid Surgery Entail?
For our upper eyelid surgery in Philadelphia, an incision is made within the natural fold of the upper eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery patients who only need fat removed, Dr. Pontell makes an internal (transconjunctival) incision within the lower eyelid. When excess skin also needs to be removed from the lower eyelid, a small incision is made just under the lower eyelashes. Through the incisions, fat is removed, sagging skin is removed, and muscles may be tightened to provide more flattering eyelid contours.
After our blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Pontell will provide you with instructions to properly care for your surgical wounds. Iced saline gauze pads and ointments will be used to help to ease swelling black and blue and discomfort. The average patient feels back to normal within a week and returns to work in about 10 days. Most people can resume regular physical activity in two weeks.
For the most part, incisions will be hidden along the natural lines and creases of the eyes. Once healing is complete, the scars will fade over time and are not generally visible.
Patients will typically experience some minor discomfort from surgery; however, any pain can be alleviated with medication prescribed by Dr. Pontell.
What If I Require A Revision Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Pontell has seen many patients who have undergone an eyelid lift with another doctor and were not satisfied with the final results. For the best results in eyelid surgery Main Line has to offer, it is important that the patient who is wanting a revisional eyelid lift waits at least six months to a year after their initial procedure; this will ensure that full results are apparent and that the tissues have healed completely.
Eyelid Surgery FAQ's
How Long Will My Blepharoplasty Results Last?
Eyelid lift results can be enjoyed for many years to come, but the procedure does not halt the aging process. The eyes can develop other signs of aging in the future, but this can be slowed down by practicing healthy habits, such as not smoking and wearing sun protection.
Will I Look Like Another Person After Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is not intended to make you look like another person—rather, it is intended to refresh and rejuvenate your current appearance. Dr. Pontell’s eyelid surgery is highly precise, removing the correct amount of fat, tissue and skin in order to revive your appearance while not making it look “overdone.”
Who Is A Good Candidate For Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Patients who have excess sagging skin in the upper or lower eyelids that causes fine lines, wrinkles, or under-eye bags may be good candidates for eyelid lift surgery. It is important that patients are non-smokers (or willing to quit one month before and after surgery), are in good health, and have realistic expectations.
What Kind Of Anesthesia Is Used For Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia will be administered to provide comfort throughout the surgical process. It all depends upon your goals and the amount of work required.
Will My Eyes Look “Pulled Back” After a Blepharoplasty?
Facial plastic surgery has improved over the past few decades. The most recent and modern techniques are designed to help patients achieve natural-looking results. Dr. Pontell is an experienced facial plastic surgeon who offers the latest advancements in blepharoplasty in Philadelphia. He can help you achieve results that make you appear more youthful while maintaining your unique look.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is performed at an average cost of $3,500 to $4,500. The cost will vary, based upon the extent of the corrections needed, and whether both upper and lower lids require surgery.
What is post op like?
Expect to have swelling and bruising after your procedure. This is normal and typically is fully resolved within two weeks or a bit longer. You should feel well enough to return to your usual activities at about ten days after your surgery.
Will there be scars?
Your eyelids heal better and faster than many other body areas. Your incisions will be placed in the crease of the upper eyelid and will not be visible when your eyes are open. Lower lids are usually corrected with an incision within the eyelid, with no visible scars. Any incision lines are typically invisible to others, once you have fully recovered from your surgery.
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