Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
At her Columbus, Ohio, practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anne Taylor offers eyelid surgery to correct signs of aging like puffiness and droopy skin around the eyelids. These unwelcome changes can make you look sad or tired, even when you feel great. Using meticulous surgical techniques and a trained eye, Dr. Taylor can help you look brighter and more rested — more like yourself. And because the procedure is relatively simple, downtime can be as little as a week.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Before & After Photos
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
Candidates for blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, typically tell a very similar story: They look overly "tired. " This may be something they hear from friends or loved ones, or simply the feeling they get when looking in the mirror. Other telltale signs:
- Excess skin around the upper eyelid makes applying makeup difficult.
- "Bags" or puffiness have developed beneath the lower eyelids.
- The corners of the eyes appear to be drooping.
Eyelid surgery is a fairly simple procedure that helps patients look more energetic and expressive.
A Customized Procedure
What we collectively refer to as "eyelid surgery" is 2 separate procedures: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. Some patients choose one or the other in isolation; others decide to have both procedures performed.
Dr. Taylor examines your face carefully during the consultation and will provide her recommendation at that time. If she determines that eyelid surgery may be more effective in tandem with further facial rejuvenation, she may recommend combining blepharoplasty with a facelift or nonsurgical options, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers.
When patients choose to have both upper and lower blepharoplasty, the procedure lasts between 2 and 3 hours, during which you will be under general anesthesia. When one or the other is performed, the procedure can sometimes be quicker. Regardless of the choices you ultimately make, your procedure will be performed at our accredited surgery suite.
Upper Blepharoplasty Surgery
The key indicator for upper blepharoplasty is excess skin that makes the upper eyelids droop — sometimes even to the point of obscuring vision. When performing upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Taylor conceals the incisions within the folds of your eyelids, so scarring is quite discreet.
From this location, Dr. Taylor can easily remove the excess skin and, if needed, remove fatty deposits to create a smoother look above the eyelids.
Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery
The target of lower blepharoplasty is the "bags" that develop under the eyes. What we describe as bags is typically a combination of excess skin, fat, and muscle that collects in a bulge. In a standard procedure, Dr. Taylor makes an incision along the outside of the lower eyelid, just beneath the eyelashes. This placement leads to a well-hidden scar. It also allows for easy access to the bulges beneath the eyelids, which Dr. Taylor can remove before closing the incisions.
In some cases, an incision along the inside of the eyelids may make more sense for your aesthetic goals. Dr. Taylor can discuss whether this makes sense for you during your consultation.
I love what I do. What could be more rewarding than helping someone feel beautiful?
— Dr. Anne Taylor
Your Recovery & Results
Blepharoplasty has a relatively speedy recovery. We'll send you home after a few hours, with pain medication to help manage any discomfort that arises. Typically, pain largely dissipates by the end of the third day of recovery. You may experience mild or moderate swelling for about a week.
To help you plan ahead, here's a timeline for getting back to your normal routine:
- Day 1 - Rest!
- Day 2 - You may take a shower, but be gentle.
- Day 3 - You may apply makeup to cover up any swelling or bruising.
- Day 4 - You will have some sutures removed during a follow-up appointment.
- Day 5 - You may return to work at this point.
- Day 7 to 10 - We will schedule a second follow-up appointment to remove the remaining sutures.
After that first week, your appearance will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Every patient heals somewhat differently, but the final result should be evident within 3 to 6 months. Patients typically look more energetic and youthful, with natural-looking results that last for years to come.