Eyelid Cosmetic Procedure
The Glasgold Group in NJ continually provides the most natural results for patients seeking eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.
Expressive eyes are an important aspect of facial beauty. Frequently it is also where the earliest signs of an aging face occur. Our aim with eyelid surgery is to recapture more youthful eyes that help rejuvenate your entire face, restoring their natural beauty by removing excess skin and fat. In some cases, adding fullness to hollow lower lids will mask dark circles caused, not by skin pigmentation, but by shadows.
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The Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
This eyelid surgery procedure primarily addresses the hooding of the upper eyelid that causes some people to always look tired or weary. The upper lid blepharoplasty is one of the most routine of all of the cosmetic facial procedures. In most cases the only anesthetic needed is a local or light IV sedation. Patients typically report little post-operative discomfort, and many are back to themselves in less than a week since this procedure produces a minimal amount of bruising and swelling. During the procedure, which is done in our office operating suite, upper lid sagging skin is removed through a concealed incision made in the fold of the eyelid. Immediately afterwards patients return home. This surgery does not require wearing any post-surgical dressings or other encumbrances. Once healed the incisions are difficult if not impossible to see.
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The Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Dark circles under the eyes caused by bulging fat or deep hollows are often a concern that cannot be remedied by creams or makeup. “As we age, we develop hollows in the orbital rim,” explains Dr. Glasgold. “As a result, the disparity between the lower eyelid and cheek creates shadows that present as fatigue or aging.” The Glasgold Group has developed a unique approach to the rejuvenation of the lower-lid area that avoids the pitfalls of traditional lower-lid surgery.
“Traditional lower-lid blepharoplasty with an incision can hollow out the aging eyes, making them look older. The removal of skin often results in an unnatural roundness, creating a sad-eyed appearance,” explains Dr. Glasgold. The Glasgold Group performs lower-lid blepharoplasty, often in combination with subtle use of fat transfer or fillers to restore the unified contours of the midface with remarkably natural and durable results. “The goal of a rejuvenation procedure is to restore unity to the midface. We do this by adding volume to the orbital rim, either with fat or Restylane®, and often conservatively removing the bulging fat of the lower eyelid through a small incision inside the lower lid. This produces a completely natural result.”
“The Glasgold Group’s comprehensive approach to eyelid surgery has led to a significant difference between our results and others,” Dr. Glasgold says. Like upper-lid surgery, these procedures are performed in The Glasgold Group’s operating suite in NJ under local anesthetic or light sedation.
Managing Your Swelling After Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can create dramatic anti-aging effects for the right patient. Still, like any facial cosmetic surgery, the procedure is followed by downtime and recovery in order to allow the delicate area to heal properly. As a blepharoplasty patient, you’ll struggle to see your results in the early days of healing, thanks to the moderate to significant swelling you will likely experience. This will eventually subside, but there are steps you can take to ease your discomfort and move the process along.
Why Does Swelling Happen After Surgery?
Although it should be treated appropriately, swelling is certainly not an unusual reaction to surgery. In fact, it is the body’s natural response to any injury to the skin, tissue, etc. Surgery intrudes on the body and the body reacts accordingly. Swelling is a method of cushioning the affected area with fluid in order to aid recovery. As the area heals, the fluid will lessen and the swelling will go down. There are several keys to ensuring your healing process moves forward and your swelling is reduced. Most importantly, you should follow your facial plastic surgeon’s advice for a smooth recovery.
How Does Blepharoplasty Cause Swelling?
Eyelid surgery does involve the placement of incisions along the creases of the upper and/or lower eyelid in order to make the necessary changes. Patients seeking this procedure often suffer from excess loose skin on the eyelids, accumulated fat cells, and the effects of aging. Through blepharoplasty, your facial plastic surgeon will remove the excess fat and skin, reducing puffiness and sagging, and creating a more youthful appearance for the eyes.
Swelling can result from this procedure as the body adjusts to the incisions and the changes your surgeon has made. Caring for the incisions and the area around the eyes, as well as yourself, can help to reduce the swelling and ensure the recovery process goes smoothly.
How Can I Encourage Healing and Reduce Swelling?
The fastest way to banish swelling around the eyes is to allow your body the resources it needs to properly heal. Getting enough rest and taking time away from your daily activities is the first step to a successful recovery, so plan ahead to be away from work for at least one week, maybe two. During this time, encourage your body to heal with the following steps:
- Avoid strenuous activity and vigorous exercise until you are clear to resume them.
- Eat healthy food and drink enough water to stay hydrated. Your body will need resources to recover well.
- Pain management, especially with anti-inflammatory drugs, can keep the swelling manageable and help you rest.
- Keep your head elevated to reduce blood flow to the areas around the eyes, which can reduce swelling.
- Apply cold compresses to the surgical area, only if advised by your facial plastic surgeon.
Your facial plastic surgeon may offer additional advice and tips on how to heal quickly enough to reduce your swelling at a reasonable pace. Also remember to stay positive as you recover. Keeping your spirits up and avoiding stress can allow the body to do what is necessary to heal fully.
How Long Will Swelling Last After Eyelid Surgery?
Swelling will begin almost right away, so you should expect to feel the pressure and some discomfort immediately after you wake up. You won’t be allowed to drive home from your surgery, so arrange for a friend or family member to bring you in and drive you home safely. Your swelling will get worse before it starts to get better, so don’t be alarmed if the area feels puffier for the first couple of days. After that, you will notice the swelling starts to recede gradually, every day a little bit more. By the end of your second week, 80 percent of your swelling will be gone. That last 20 percent can hang around for a few more weeks but should be completely gone within two to three months. If you ever have concerns about your swelling or healing process, contact your facial plastic surgeon’s office for the best advice.
Where Can I Schedule Eyelid Surgery?
If you’ve been frustrated with the signs of aging around your eyes, including sagging eyelids, puffiness, and excess skin, you may be eligible for blepharoplasty surgery. To plan your procedure, start with a consultation at The Glasgold Group,where your health, safety, and satisfaction are a top priority. A family practice, The Glasgold Group was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Alvin Glasgold. His sons, Dr. Robert Glasgold and Dr. Mark Glasgold, carry on the family legacy as board certified Facial Plastic Surgeons in central New Jersey. Dr. Robert Glasgold offers patients expert knowledge in his specialty areas in aesthetic facial plastic surgery, especially in blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and total facial rejuvenation. Dr. Mark Glasgold focuses on the complete rejuvenation of the aging face, specifically facelifts, eyelid surgeries, and more. Book a consultation with the Glasgold Group, located at 31 River Road in Highland Park, New Jersey, by calling (732) 846-6540 today.