The eyes are one of the most telling facial features. To help patients rejuvenate the area around their eyes and appear younger, Dr. Stephen Weber, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, performs the blepharoplasty procedure.
Blepharoplasty, which is also known as an eyelid lift, is one of the most common facial aesthetic procedures. It is used to address puffy eyelids and sagging eyelid skin caused by aging, gravity, and sun damage. Each of Dr. Weber’s blepharoplasty procedures is tailored to meet the unique and specific needs of the patient being treated. Some of the most common results following a blepharoplasty procedure with Dr. Weber include the following:
- A reduction of wrinkles and puffiness around the eyelids
- The removal of eyelid bags and the elimination of eyelid drooping
- The opening of the eyes and the improvement of overall facial appearance
In some cases, blepharoplasty can also enhance a patient’s vision. Dr. Weber can combine blepharoplasty with a browlift, fat transfer, and/or undereye dermal fillers to help patients who wish to fully rejuvenate their eye area.
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at a local ambulatory surgery center or in one of Dr. Weber’s office-based surgical suites. Local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia may be used based on the complexity of the procedure and the preference of the patient. An upper eyelid and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasty may be performed to address the specific needs of the patient. Typical steps for a blepharoplasty include the following:
- The patient is placed on the operating table and rests comfortably. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers anesthesia to ensure the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort. Once the patient is relaxed and sedated or asleep, an incision is made.
- Incision and surgery. An incision is made within the natural creases of the eyelids. Surgery is performed by removing excess skin, removing or repositioning fat deposits, and tightening the eyelid muscles.
- The incision is meticulously closed using fine, delicate sutures. Typical procedure time is 30-60 minutes.
The patient is brought to the postoperative recovery room after the procedure is complete. While in the recovery room, the patient will be monitored by registered nurses (RNs) and a board-certified anesthesiologist. Once the effects of surgical anesthesia and medications have worn off and the patient is completely alert and awake, they may be driven home by a family member or friend. Patients are advised to have someone stay with them for the first 24 hours after their surgery.
The total recovery time for blepharoplasty is typically very short. Patients can usually expect to return to normal activities and work within 5-7 days after their procedure. Patients usually experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days after their procedure. These symptoms are easily treated using ice compresses and medications. Patients are advised to rest, relax, and limit physical activity during the healing process. At their first postoperative appointment with Dr. Weber, patients will have their sutures taken out and will be given postoperative care instructions.
After postoperative swelling and bruising have subsided, patients can expect to see their initial results. Results will continue to be gradually seen over the course of 2-3 months. The final result of blepharoplasty is a rejuvenated eye area, an outward appearance that reflects the patient’s true age, and a feeling of newfound self-confidence. Results are long lasting and the corrections made during surgery are permanent. Patients should expect to age naturally following their procedure.
Patients who wish to improve the appearance of the area around their eyes are good candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure. Like most elective surgical procedures, blepharoplasty is usually only performed on patients who are healthy, do not smoke, have no serious medical conditions, and have a positive mindset and realistic expectations.
Initial Consultation with Dr. Weber
The initial consultation for a blepharoplasty procedure is a thorough one. The first part of your consultation will include the following:
- A complete medical history review
- A physical examination
- The taking of pictures for review and comparison purposes
The second part of your consultation will include a discussion regarding your desires and expectations. Dr. Weber will work with you to come up with a realistic treatment plan that addresses all of your needs. He will explain how your procedure will be performed and what type of results you can expect. Should you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Weber will invite you to ask or state them so they can be properly answered or addressed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are there risks associated with blepharoplasty?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. At your initial consultation, Dr. Weber will explain all the specific risks associated with blepharoplasty. He will also explain the risks associated with anesthesia. It should be noted that nearly all patients find that the benefits of having the procedure far outweigh the possible risks.
What specific issues does blepharoplasty address?
Blepharoplasty is a great procedure because it can address many issues, including the following:
- Puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Lower eyelid bags
- Darkness and shadows in the lower eyelids
- Loose eyelid skin that causes wrinkles
- Hollowing in the lower eyelid
- “Tear trough” areas
- Droopiness or “rounding” of the lower eyelid
Blepharoplasty can also be used to treat some cases of vision impairment when sagging of the upper eyelids is severe.
Are there nonsurgical treatment options that produce results similar to blepharoplasty?
While adequate sleep, specialized eye products, and laser resurfacing can soften lines around the eyes, blepharoplasty is often the only option to rejuvenate the eye area.
Will I have a visible scar?
Dr. Weber strategically places his incisions within natural creases of the eyelids. He also meticulously closes his incisions using special sutures and suturing techniques. You should have a well camouflaged incision after your eyelids heal.
What is the best age for patients to have blepharoplasty?
There is no best age for blepharoplasty. The procedure can be performed on patients who wish to improve the appearance of the area around their eyes. For some patients, the specific concerns they wish to address may have been present since birth. Other patients may have concerns that have slowly developed over the course of many decades.
How can I maximize my results?
Patients who wish to maximize their results may do so by adhering to the instructions and advice given by Dr. Weber. In addition, specific measures that patients can take include using proper sun protection (even years after surgery), exercising, eating healthy, and reducing stress.
Do I have to stop smoking?
Because smoking interferes with the body’s healing processes, patients will need to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
What is a browlift? Can it be performed with my blepharoplasty?
A browlift is a surgical procedure used to slightly increase the height of the eyebrow by elevating the forehead. Patients who have a browlift appear younger, alert, and energetic. A browlift can be combined with blepharoplasty for some patients. The best way to find out if you are one of those patients is to ask Dr. Weber at your initial consultation.
Is Dr. Weber a blepharoplasty specialist?
Dr. Weber specializes in blepharoplasty and other facial rejuvenation surgeries. Over the course of his professional career, he has developed the surgical knowledge and skills necessary to achieve consistent blepharoplasty results for patients of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
Can I see before and after photos of some of Dr. Weber’s patients?
Dr. Weber would absolutely love to show you pictures of some of his patients. You can review our Before and After gallery on our website. He will also take the time during your consultation to find pictures of patients who had a condition similar to yours. He will also take the time to explain how your results will be similar and different to the patients he shows you. You will be completely comfortable before your surgery because you will know exactly what to expect.
How do I determine if I am a candidate?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty is to schedule and attend an initial consultation with Dr. Weber. A complete evaluation will be used to determine if blepharoplasty is the right procedure for you.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
Dr. Weber recommends that you bring the following to your initial consultation:
- A list of all the medications and supplements you regularly take
- A list of all the medications you are allergic to
- A list of any questions or concerns you have
If you have pictures that you would like Dr. Weber to review, you are encouraged to bring them.
How do I arrange my initial consultation?
When you are ready for your initial blepharoplasty consultation, you may contact Dr. Weber’s office in Denver, CO, at 303-792-2224 or email@example.com.
Blepharoplasty before and after
Choosing a doctor is an intimate decision; working with a doctor as "human" as Dr. Weber is a luxury. I have greatly enjoyed working with Dr. Weber as he is extremely talented, patient, thorough, and kind.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.