Eyelid Surgery — a Simple Procedure that Delivers Dramatic Results

As you age, your skin loses some of its structural integrity. Essential proteins called collagen and elastin that once gave your skin volume and resilience are now in short supply, so your skin gets thinner and more lax. You notice it all over your body, including your eyes. 

If excess skin is drooping over your eyes and aging you, we can help. Dr. Ian Walker and our team of expert aestheticians at Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics offer a common eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty. This simple procedure can make a world of difference in the way you look and feel. Here’s what you need to know.

Reasons to consider an eyelift

Gravity is a powerful force, and the delicate skin around your eyes is no match for its continuous pull. As your skin droops, it also wrinkles. The combination not only makes you look older, but it also gives you the appearance of being constantly fatigued or sad.

This is the primary reason people come see us for an eyelift. They’re looking to refresh their image and brighten their eyes, so they look more alert and youthful.

In addition to cosmetic motivation, some people need blepharoplasty for medical reasons. This is deemed necessary when your eyelid droops down and hinders your vision. Sometimes the lid sags and obscures your pupil, and it obstructs your view or you can’t take in enough light. To compensate, you may unconsciously use forehead and brow muscles to lift your lids, which may cause tension headaches over time.

Another medical reason to consider blepharoplasty is if your sagging skin interferes with your contact lenses or causes irritation.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

The exact procedure we perform depends on your unique facial features. We can address your upper lid, lower lid, or both to restructure your eyes for function and beauty. 

During your blepharoplasty, we make a small incision in the crease of your lid so the minor scar will be invisible once it heals. Then, depending on what’s needed, we remove excess skin, fat, and muscle. We close up the incision and keep you comfortable while you emerge from your anesthesia. 

What to expect after eyelid surgery

Immediately following your eyelid surgery, you can expect to see some swelling, bruising, and redness. We apply some antibiotic ointment to protect your incision from infection.

At home, you can soothe away any discomfort with a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication. Most visible signs of your surgery subside after about a week or two, depending on how quickly you heal. 

Dr. Walker gives you complete instructions for aftercare and follows up with you to make sure you’re not experiencing any complications.

With very little pain and down time, you can dramatically change the look of your eyes. The world and your face will look brighter and fresher. If you have questions about blepharoplasty or any of our other surgical or nonsurgical (Botox, dermal fillers) facial solutions, call us at our Colorado Springs office or request a consultation online today. 

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