Our eyes express emotion and punctuate unspoken parts of conversation. They can exude confidence or timidity, and directly connect with everyone in our careers and personal lives. As we age our eyelids begin to change, inhibiting our range of expressions and adding a tired and heavy look to the current of expression they convey. Some people even experience loss of peripheral vision in more severe cases. Whether cosmetic, functional, or both, the purpose of an eyelift (blepharoplasty) is to remove excess skin around the eyes and recontour the eye area for improved vision and a more youthful appearance.
The upper eyelid skin is fragile and stretches easily. Over time this results in excess skin that can fold over and leave Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients looking much older than they are. The lateral folds of skin can even hang over the lashes and block vision in the lateral view. By removing excess skin and/or fat, Dr. Jespersen can restore your naturally bright and youthful appearance as well as restore a smooth template for eye makeup and sometimes even improve peripheral vision.
The main complaints that Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients have about their lower eyelids are the formation of bags or puffiness. Patients appear perpetually exhausted and worn, even if they are younger. Using the same technique as an upper eyelift, extra skin and fat are removed to eliminate the underlying causes of puffiness and bags.
What Can an Eyelift Change?
A normal part of aging is thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity. We lose the firmness our skin had when we were younger. Though everyone ages at his or her own pace, frequently people seek solutions in their 40s and 50s. While topical products can slow this process somewhat, an eyelift provides a more lasting solution.
The main reasons Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients seek eyelift surgery from Dr. Jespersen are to:
- Alter the shape of their eyes, making them appear rounder or wider.
- Rejuvenate droopy eyelids that add an aged appearance and can impair vision.
- Recontour the upper and/or lower lid.
- Remove excess fatty deposits and excess skin that create a puffy look and bags under the eyes.
The upper and lower eyelifts result in patients taking several years off their appearance in a short time.
What Happens During a Consultation?
Dr. Jespersen begins each consultation by listening to the problems that you have with your eyes and the results that you are looking to achieve. She then explains the procedures available and explains which one will best fit your needs and why. If you have any questions or concerns about the surgery, she will spend as long as you need addressing them until you are comfortable with your surgical plan. Sometimes patients needs can be met with a non-surgical solution, and she will also cover these options.
Eyelid Surgery: Recovery Time
Due to the delicate nature of skin around the eye, it is important to take adequate time to heal. You will need to avoid any strain on your eyes in the days following surgery.
Patients can generally expect this timeline for recovery:
|Time After Surgery ||What You Can Do |
|3-4 days ||Dr. Jespersen removes stitches. |
|7 days ||Swelling is mostly gone |
|8-10 days ||Most patients return to work with some restrictions on lotions and makeup |
|3-4 weeks ||Resume all normal activity. |
Some discomfort in the week following surgery is normal. Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients should prepare for at least a few days of:
Symptoms such as swelling and bruising are treated with a cold compress, while lubricating drops or ointment will be prescribed to help with dryness and irritation. Patients who wear makeup should not apply makeup in the first 8 days after surgery because this can cause irritation and increase risk of infection, slowing the healing process.
Risks and Complications
The same general surgical complications such as excess bleeding and reaction to anesthesia apply to eyelifts. However the tissue surrounding your eyes also has more specific risks. The mechanism of closing the lids to protect and lubricate the eye is balanced and complex. If this balance is not taken into account in the surgical planning and execution, problems can result. Patients can have severe discomfort, dryness, and the eyes can be unprotected. Choosing an expert who has specialty training in eyelifts and is board-certified, like Dr.Jespersen, significantly reduces this likelihood.
For more information about eyelift surgery in Fairfax and Northern Virginia. Call (703) 992-7969 or fill out the form on the right.