Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Are your beginning to notice your eyelids are making you look tired or even sad at times? One of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging is around the eyes. Bags under the eyes and drooping upper eyelids come with age but can be visibly improved through our cosmetic eyelid surgery in Denver, also referred to as blepharoplasty procedure.
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Dr. Michael McCracken can help you combat the signs of aging around the eyes with upper eyelid surgery, also known as upper blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery in Denver / Boulder, CO can remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, improving the appearance of puffiness and creasing that contribute to a tired and aged facial appearance.
How can upper eyelid surgery help?
Upper eyelid surgery can help minimize the appearance of bagginess and puffiness in the upper eyebrow region, giving you a younger, fresher appearance. An Upper Blepharoplasty can also:
- Remove loose and sagging skin that creates folds and “hooding” around the eyes
- Remove excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness
- Improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the upper eyelids
- Make your eyes look refreshed and rejuvenated
- Make your eyes and face look less tired
- Provide a more youthful appearance
Upper eyelid surgery is often combined with a brow lift or lower eyelid surgery.
How is Upper Blepharoplasty Surgery Performed?
The upper eyelid surgery procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting or in an operating room with I.V. sedation. During surgery, Boulder oculoplastic surgeon Dr. McCracken makes a small incision hidden in the natural eyelid fold to remove excess skin and fat in order to restore a more youthful appearance. The incision is designed to be hidden within the natural fold of the eyelid to minimize visible scarring. Once the desired corrections have been made, your incisions will be closed using sutures.
Eyelid Rejuvenation – Blepharoplasty
As a natural part of the aging process, the skin around the eyes can become loose and the fatty deposits can bulge forward. Time, heredity, and environmental factors can cause the skin and fat of the lower eyelid to become wrinkled and baggy, resulting in a tired, puffy, and aged appearance. Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken performs a range of surgical procedures to help reverse the signs of aging and help patients look and feel their best.
How can eyelid surgery help?
Lower eyelid surgery patients are generally pleased that surgery can drastically minimize the appearance of under-eye bags and puffiness to restore a younger, more rested appearance. Lower eyelid surgery can also:
- Eliminate puffiness under the eyes
- Improve the appearance of “bags” under the eyes
- Remove and reshape fat to restore the eyes to a more youthful appearance
- Improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the lower eyelids
How is Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery Performed?
Dr. Michael McCracken can help you combat the signs of aging beneath the eyes with lower eyelid surgery, or lower blepharoplasty. During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. McCracken makes a small incision hidden either in the skin below the eyelashes or the inside of the eyelid. Through either approach, eyelid fat can be removed or repositioned to give a more youthful contour. If extra skin needs to be excised, this can be accomplished through an incision below the eyelid.
Eyelid Rejuvenation – Blepharoplasty
Am I A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery In Denver?
Eyelid surgery in Boulder is perfect for any Colorado patient who is looking to freshen their eyelids and appearance of their face. Eyelid surgery can also be a perfect fit for you if:
- You are moderately healthy.
- You do not have any extreme pre-existing eye conditions.
- Want to get rid of puffiness around your eyes.
What is the recovery like after eyelid surgery?
During your initial consultation, Dr. McCracken and his team will provide you with detailed information about aftercare following your eyelid surgery. This information will include instructions about how to care for the surgical site and incisions, what pain medications may be used to handle discomfort, and when you may resume normal activity.
Patients need to be prepared for one to two weeks of bruising and swelling following their blepharoplasty surgery. Using ice packs for the first few days can help decrease the amount of bruising and swelling. Dr. McCracken will prescribe antibiotic ointment for you to place in your eyes and on your sutures for the first week. Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting, exercise, and getting the eyes wet for the first week.
Discomfort following eyelid surgery is generally minimal, and most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week. Stitches dissolve, usually about a week after the procedure, and most patients can resume wearing makeup and contacts at that time.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
Dr. McCracken prefers to perform blepharoplasty in a controlled setting in a surgery center. This allows an anesthesiologist to administer medication intravenously to keep you comfortable. General anesthesia is almost never necessary for this procedure. On some occasions and in select patients, eyelid surgery may be performed in the office with only local anesthetic injection.
Where are the incisions made?
Upper eyelid surgery incisions are hidden in the upper eyelid crease. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty incisions are placed either on the inside of the lower eyelid or in the skin just below the lashes of the lower eyelid.
What is laser blepharoplasty?
Laser blepharoplasty refers to the use of CO2 laser to make the incisions and perform the dissection. Dr. McCracken uses CO2 laser in some cases and also uses electrocautery and conventional steel instruments in others. In experienced hands, there is no difference between the end results each method provides. If you prefer a given technique, please let Dr. McCracken know and he will make arrangements to honor your request.
What is the difference between blepharoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty?
Asian eyelid anatomy has a number of differences when compared to Caucasian eyelid anatomy. These differences must be taken into account in order to prevent giving an Asian eyelid the appearance of a Caucasian eyelid. At the time of your initial consult, Dr. McCracken will discuss these differences and your expectations with you.
Some insurance providers will sometimes cover upper blepharoplasty if a number of strict criteria are met. In these cases, the excess skin must be hanging down into the patient’s vision enough to be causing significant visual compromise. This visual compromise must be demonstrated by both photography and visual field testing. However, lower eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
What is the recovery time for eyelid surgery?
In Denver our McCracken staff suggests about two weeks of recovery time before returning to your normal activities.
What should I expect after my eyelid surgery in Denver?
Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient basis but Dr. McCracken will discuss the best option for your procedure and whether an overnight stay is necessary.
What will I look like after my eyelid surgery with Dr. McCracken?
Directly after surgery the incision sites will appear red and slightly irritated with some minor bumpiness. There will be swelling and discoloration near your eyes but that will begin to fade as your eyelids improve.
How long will my eyelid results last?
Results will last for many years to come while for some Denver patients it can be permanent change. Aging will still continue and you may have a desire to freshen your appearance a little more down the road. Many patients after eyelid surgery are pleased with the results they tend to continue with a brow lift and often a facelift.