With the aging process, eyelid skin can start to droop, creating a tired, older look. Sagging excess skin on the eyelids adds years to your appearance. Thankfully, something can be done about it - but it should be done by a highly qualified facial cosmetic surgeon so that natural-looking results are achieved. With a small strip of skin and muscle carefully removed from the upper eyelid, your eyes can be restored to a more youthful look. Aging changes of the eyelids can begin in the third decade and it is not uncommon to perform cosmetic eyelid surgery on patients in their 30's and 40's. The excess tissue can also obstruct vision and by having cosmetic eyelid surgery, patients don't only look better, but oftentimes see better as well.
A Less Invasive Surgical Technique for Upper Eyelid Surgery
At our office, we employ a less invasive process when performing upper eyelid surgery (formally called an "upper blepharoplasty"). As any facial surgery may be prone to bleeding, we use an Ellman radiofrequency microneedle rather than a scalpel. The incision for upper eyelid surgery is made in the natural crease of the eyelid and is well hidden. This instrument is more precise, minimizes bleeding, and can significantly reduce post-operative bruising. In addition to using an Ellman microneedle, Dr. Morrissette uses magnification loupes to perform all cosmetic surgeries, especially eyelid surgery for the greatest amount of precision.
A Natural-Looking Result
Here at our practice, we focus on achieving natural looking results. Our years of experience in facial reconstruction surgery give us the ability to perform upper eyelid surgeries that will bring you compliments. This surgical procedure is effective in providing a more youthful appearance, and drawing attention towards your eyes. Talk to us about upper eyelid surgery and how it can bring a well-rested, rejuvenated appearance to your face.
Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
During your consultation, Dr. Morrissette will evaluate the amount of excess eyelid skin. One of the ways that he can simulate the surgery is by using a small Q tip to temporarily "remove" the excess skin to show how one might look following surgery. Most men and women can be considered candidates for eyelid surgery if they are bothered by tired, aging and weathered eyes that cause them to appear older before their time. As previously mentioned, removing the excess skin can restore impaired peripheral vision as well.
Candidates for this procedure should be in good overall health and possess realistic expectations of what the procedure can accomplish. Eyelid surgery will not significantly alter your facial appearance so that you look like someone else. You will still look like you - just with a more refreshed and youthful overall expression to your eyes.
Upper Eyelid Surgery: What to Expect
Your surgery will be performed under IV Sedation. After surgery, it is important that you rest, and keep your head elevated. Generally, it is important that you avoid much motion and keep your head elevated while sleeping. Putting a cold pack or ice over the area can help to reduce swelling, and you will generally experience little to no discomfort after this surgery. In fact, Dr. Morrissette does not generally find the need to prescribe pain medications following this surgery. You may experience sensitivity to light and dry or itchy eyes for a short time, and once you are out and about (per doctor's orders), wear sunglasses to manage this light sensitivity. You may be given eye drops to apply in some cases. Most patients that have eyelid surgery on Thursday or Friday can recover over the weekend and get out of the house by Monday or Tuesday with sunglasses to cover the surgery. For a successful recovery, follow all of the directions given to you by Dr. Morrissette or his assistants and you can expect a full, rapid recovery - and once complete, a fresher, younger appearance.
Your first step...
Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.Schedule a free consultation