KENT GABRIEL, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Facial Surgical Procedures

Blepharoplasty/Eyelid Surgery

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As key elements in facial expression, the eyes convey messages of emotion, vitality, and age. Over time, the eyes undergo changes that often make people feel as if they appear sad or tired. In 2006, approximately 223,000 people had eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to correct these common problems. The aging process can cause the eyelids to sag and droop, which in combination with bags and puffiness can make you look tired and older than you really are. Eyelid surgery can help freshen and revitalize your face by reducing the appearance of heavy and sagging eyelids, puffiness, and bags under the eyes.

How Does Eyelid Surgery Work?

While there are several different techniques that a physician can use to alter the appearance of the eyes, the standard surgical technique usually involves removing or redistributing fat deposits, as well as removing excess skin and muscle from regions of the upper and lower eyelids. Depending on the specific problems that need correction, the physician may treat the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both sets of eyelids. Dr. Gabriel will help you determine which treatment is best for you.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

As with any surgical procedure, you will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising which can be alleviated with cold compresses and pain medication. Non-absorbable sutures are typically removed in five to seven days, and you will begin to notice an improvement in the bruising around your eyes in seven to ten days. Although you will feel well enough to return to work in approximately a week, you should continue to avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting or exercise for at least two weeks following the procedure.

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