A lower blepharoplasty, also known as a lower eyelid surgery, involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue that cause undereye bags. The goal of lower eyelid surgery is to create a natural, non-surgical, more youthful and rested appearance to the face.
Time and gravity take their toll on the skin around our eyes as they do the rest of our body. Sadly, as the skin thins and loses its elasticity, undesirable puffy and discolored bags appear under our eyes. These bags not only make one appear older, but they can also create a tired and even angry appearance. Not surprisingly, this appearance, when seen over and over in the mirror can have a significant impact on one’s self-esteem and confidence. When puffy, saggy undereye bags become more noticeable and begin effecting one’s self-confidence, many consider a lower eyelid surgery.
When performing a lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Marshak accesses the fat pads that cause the under-eye bag by using a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This involves making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid (the side facing the eyeball). This avoids leaving a scar on the lower lid and decreases the amount of scar tissue formation that can occur with time. The fat is then conservatively removed or re positioned to create a younger, more refreshed expression while avoiding a sunken-in or hollow appearance to the space below the eyes. The lid is then tightened, if necessary, by placing sutures in the outer corner of the lid.
Recovery from a lower eyelid surgery varies among patients depending on multiple factors including age, health, genetics and previous surgery. It is common for patients to develop bruising and swelling the majority of the swelling goes away in two to three weeks, but some swelling can last for a longer period of time as every patient heals at different rates depending on age and skin type.
Heavy physical activity and sports are not recommended for the first week after surgery, however, normal activity (walking, shopping) is permitted. There are usually no bandages and showering is permitted the day after surgery. Dr. Marshak will personally see you frequently in the post-operative period to monitor your healing and ensure you are on course.
Lower eyelid surgery can greatly benefit one’s appearance by removing undereye bags and the tired, aged look they create. Lower blepharoplasties can effectively produce a more youthful, refreshed and rejuvenated contour and appearance of the lower eyelids.
If you are ready to get rid of those puffy undereye bags and want a refreshed, more youthful look, call Dr. Marshak’s office in Palm Desert today for a consultation.