Sometimes, even after a great night’s sleep, it can be hard to feel alive and vibrant when you see those tired, drooping eyes looking back at you in the mirror. The loose eyelid skin and the excess fat under your eyes make you look more tired and older than you feel inside.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Each year thousands of women and men choose eyelid surgery to help restore a more energetic and youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelids, remove skin and fatty pouches beneath the eyes as well as excess skin from the upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift, a brow lift or laser skin resurfacing.
Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation
During a consultation, Dr. Michalak can discuss your particular condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of eyelid surgery. You may be shown several before and after treatment photographs of patients having similar conditions, and you will receive an explanation of your treatment. Before and after photos may be taken of the area to be treated to document your results.
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos
You can view more before and after photos of eyelid surgery in our before and after photo gallery.
What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery Seattle & Issaquah
Blepharoplasty can be performed in your doctor’s office, an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital. It is generally performed under local anesthesia but can be performed under general anesthesia as well. Dr. Michalak places fine incisions in the crease above each eye to correct problems of the upper eyelids. Then a thin crescent of excess skin and muscle is removed.
The incisions are closed with very fine sutures. To remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes, the incisions are placed just inside the lower eyelid. After the fat is removed, the incisions may be closed with absorbable sutures or may be left to heal naturally. When excess skin and muscle needs to be removed from the lower lids, the incisions are placed in the natural smile crease below the lash line. The procedure can take between one and two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. A laser is frequently used to help reduce bruising of the eyelid from the procedure.
After Eyelid Surgery: Your Recovery and Results
When eyelid surgery is performed alone, and not with a facelift, it is generally done under local anesthesia. The eyelid and surrounding area are bruised and swollen for about two weeks. Patients should keep their heads up and place cold compresses on their eyes periodically. Antibiotic eye drops are often prescribed for several days. Patients can’t wear contact lenses for about two weeks, since the eyelids may be stiff and sore. Make-up may be worn after about ten days. The resulting hairline scars, which follow the natural contour of the eyelids, tend to fade in about two months.
After cosmetic surgery, our patients have a softer, more youthful look to their faces. Many seem to have a new spring in their step after facing their fresher reflections in the mirror.
Is Blepharoplasty covered by insurance?
Eyelid problems are common, even in younger people. Correcting eyelid problems that interfere with your vision may be covered by your health insurance. However, when eyelid surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, it is not a covered benefit. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider for the information on the degree of coverage. We will be happy to answer any questions.
Do you have questions about eyelid surgery? Contact us to learn more about eyelid surgery in Issaquah. Please Dial 425-391-2500 extension 7 for Carolyn, our cosmetic patient coordinator. Service areas include Issaquah, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Renton, Everett, Kent, Mercer Island, Federal Way, Bothell, Tacoma, Maple Valley & Shoreline Washington.