Eyelid droopiness or excess skin can cause you to look older than you are. Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic surgery option that can help restore a more youthful appearance by removing excess eyelid skin and reducing the appearance of “bags” around the eyes. The procedure offers quick results that are often long-lasting, giving you a refreshed look. With blepharoplasty, you can enjoy a brighter and more rested facial appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
- More rested, alert look
- More open, youthful eyes
- Younger-looking eye area
- Increased self-confidence
- Reduction of under-eye bags
- Improvement in the field of vision
- Easier application of eye makeup
- More visible eyeshadow and eyeliner
- Fewer fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles
- Minimal scarring
- Long-term results
- Outpatient procedure
- Highly customizable options
Am I A Good Candidate?
You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty surgery if you have excess skin on your upper eyelids or under-eye bags. Eyelid lifts are a popular cosmetic procedure for patients who want a more youthful appearance.
In fact, eyelid surgery has a 94% Worth It Rating on RealSelf.
Blepharoplasty Is Great If You
- Are over 18 years of age
- Are in good general health
- Have heavy, sagging under-eye bags
- Have excess, hanging skin on the upper eyelids
- Have vision impacted by excess eyelid skin
- Are self-conscious about excess eyelid skin
- Want your eyes to appear more prominent and alert
- Want to achieve a more youthful, rested appearance
How Old Do I Have to Be?
Most people who seek blepharoplasty have mature skin, but some patients are younger. If you are over 18, you may be eligible for an eyelid lift.
Taking the First Step
Your blepharoplasty journey will begin with an in-office consultation. It’s essential to meet with your plastic surgeon to go over the blepharoplasty process and ensure you know what to expect from treatment. During this appointment, Dr. Sauerhammer will examine the skin around your eyes and discuss your desired outcome.
You can schedule your procedure if you are confirmed to be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. If not, we will discuss alternative options that may be a better fit for you. Our goal is to find the ideal treatment to meet your needs.
The Blepharoplasty Process Explained
Dr. Sauerhammer will perform your blepharoplasty using general anesthesia for optimal comfort.
Once you are fully asleep, Dr. Sauerhammer will assess your eyelids and the skin surrounding your eyes to determine what they need to remove and lift. They will resect excess skin and place the remaining skin in a higher, tighter position. This technique creates the appearance of a smoother, wider upper eyelid.
If you have bags under your eyes, Dr. Sauerhammer will remove any excess fat or loose skin to create a flat, youthful appearance beneath the eyes.
The entire blepharoplasty process takes about two to three hours to complete.
Recovery and Aftercare
When your blepharoplasty is complete, you will need to remain in the office under supervision for several hours. After that, our team will discharge you, and you can return home.
Dr. Sauerhammer will place small sutures over any small incisions. These sutures are removed about one week after surgery.
In the weeks following your blepharoplasty, you will need to avoid certain skin care products that can irritate your skin. Do not apply any direct pressure to the area around your eyes. To keep the incisions and skin clean, wash with a mild cleanser.
Upon discharge, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions from the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery team.
Can I Combine Blepharoplasty with Other Procedures?
There are many other procedures with which you can combine blepharoplasty. Patients frequently combine eyelid lifts with facelifts and neck lifts to achieve a more youthful appearance overall. You can also combine blepharoplasty with non-surgical options like injectables or a more extensive surgery such as breast augmentation.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Blepharoplasty will permanently remove excess skin and under-eye bags from around the eyelids. That said, you may experience new sagging or loose skin as the years go on. The natural effects of aging may cause the skin to lose volume and drop downward, but less significantly than before.
You’re In Good Hands With the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery
If you are interested in blepharoplasty surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sauerhammer at the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery in Appleton and Green Bay at (920) 380-9890. We can evaluate your excess eyelid skin and determine whether you are a candidate for this treatment.
We are experienced and dedicated to helping patients feel like the best versions of themselves.