Quite simply, no one likes to look old or tired. Yet so many of us do, even when it’s not how we feel inside. Performed by Dr. Victor Lacombe in Santa Rosa, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can improve features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, such as drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes.
Eyelid Surgery Basics
Typical candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy and 35 or older. But, if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
There are a few medical conditions that increase the risk for this procedure, such as thyroid conditions (like hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease), dry eyes or lack of sufficient tears, detached retina, glaucoma, high blood pressure and other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
When it is performed by Dr. Lacombe in Sonoma County, blepharoplasty is customized for every patient, depending on their particular needs. During the procedure, excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids is removed. Some patients have underlying fatty tissue that needs to be removed as well.
You should be able to read or watch television soon after the procedure, depending on swelling. Most people feel ready to go back to work in about a week. However, you won’t be able to wear contact lenses for about 2 to 3 weeks and should avoid strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks, as well.
You Have Options
Blepharoplasty can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures. Sometimes, patients who felt they needed a brow lift find that upper eyelid surgery better met their surgical goals. Other patients find that they can achieve a rejuvenated appearance without surgery. You may want to consider non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and laser skin care treatments.