How the eyes age

The skin around the eye area is particularly thin, making it more vulnerable to age than many parts of the body. This is why our eyes tend to give away our age so early on. Issues like heavy eyelids, fine lines, eye bags, and hollowness in the tear troughs make the entire face look tired, sad, or old. Many individuals also experience vision problems due to excess skin around the eyes.

Blepharoplasty services in Montgomery, AL

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in Montgomery AL is a surgery designed to refresh and rejuvenate the eyes. This procedure can address the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. Blepharoplasty improves a wide variety of aesthetic concerns to achieve brighter, more vibrant eyes, including:

  • Sagging skin and puffiness of the eyelids
  • Excess skin that impacts vision
  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Under-eye bags (pockets of fat)
  • Drooping lower eyelids that show white under the iris

FAQ

What is the right age to get eyelid surgery?

Although eyelid surgery can be performed on anyone over the age of 18, it’s particularly effective for patients who are in their 30s or older.

What are the best procedures to add to an eyelid lift?

Blepharoplasty is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as periocular rejuvenation (see below), a brow lift, facelift, Botox®, or dermal fillers.

Periocular rejuvenation

We offer procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to address the following areas of concern and rejuvenate the area.

Under-eye bags

Puffiness under the eyes is a result of the tissues and muscles around the area weakening with age, as well as fat migration. This is a bothersome issue for many individuals who have a hard time concealing it.

Malar mounds

These unsightly bumps develop at the top of the cheekbone as the cheek below begins to migrate downward. Malar mounds tend to draw the eye and distract from other facial features, and can cause the face to look more aged than it is.

Tear troughs

Tear troughs are one of the most noticeable signs of age on the face, and broadcast a sad or exhausted appearance. These deep creases, located between the lower eyelid and upper cheek, create dark shadows which take away from the beauty of the eyes.

Blepharoplasty surgical details

At Alabama Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, blepharoplasty is performed by either Dr. Raggio or Dr. Cawthon, our facial plastic surgery experts. This procedure is done with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with mild sedation, and takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. The surgery can be performed on the upper lids only; the lower lids only; together, or in conjunction with other rejuvenation procedures.

For upper eyelid surgery, the incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelids, which makes them nearly impossible to see once they’re healed. From this incision, fat and excess skin will be removed or re-adjusted, and the skin will be tightened to reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin. The incisions will then be carefully closed with sutures. For lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made within the lower eyelids or beneath the eyelash line.

Recovery and results

The majority of blepharoplasty patients require approximately one week off of work and regular activities. After one week, the sutures can be removed. You may experience side effects including discomfort, blurred vision, redness, “tired” or dry eyes, swelling, and/or bruising. These are all temporary. During recovery, it’s important to avoid wearing contact lenses. Most patients see their results at about six weeks after surgery.

Candidates for blepharoplasty 

If you’re in the Montgomery, AL area and you’re considering eyelid surgery, it may be ideal for your aesthetic goals. Those who make the best candidates for this procedure are those who:

  • Want to improve the signs of aging around their eyes
  • Have excess skin, puffiness, or drooping of the eyelids
  • Wish to reduce excess eyelid skin that is impacting their vision
  • Do not have any pre-existing eye conditions
  • Do not have thyroid problems 
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what blepharoplasty can accomplish

Eyelid surgery in Montgomery, AL

If you’re ready to restore youthfulness to your eyes, we welcome you to contact us to schedule your consultation. At ALPRS, we’re proud to have two outstanding facial plastic surgery experts on our team: Dr. Blake Raggio is the only fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon in the region, and Dr. Thomas Cawthon is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck surgery. Our focus is on educating our patients and forming long-lasting relationships based on our trustworthiness and results, and when you work with us, you can expect personalized care and service before, during, and after surgery.

Blake Raggio

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Alabama Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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