The eyelids are often the first parts of your face to display signs of aging, which can make you look tired or upset. You can roll back the clock on your eyelids with eyelid surgery for the lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both!
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or eyelid lift, is a procedure that rejuvenates and revitalizes the eyelids. Your blepharoplasty in Greenville involves removing excess skin and exercising or repositioning fat deposits in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both to make your face look more youthful and vibrant. For upper eyelids, Dr. Hicks makes an incision along the natural lid crease, and for lower eyelids, she makes an incision just under the lash line or inside the eyelids. All incisions made around the eye are carefully designed to be very well-concealed.
Benefits of eyelid surgery:
- Reverse the signs of aging on the eyelids
- Remove excess skin
- Improve peripheral vision
- Reduce or reposition prominent fat deposits
- Correct a “puffy” appearance
- Make the eyes look brighter and more refreshed
Revitalize and rejuvenate your eyes
As we grow older, our eyelids eventually droop downwards, leading to a tired, upset, or even angry appearance. How soon you develop drooping eyelids and other signs of aging depends on numerous factors, including ethnicity, genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle, and overall skin quality.
The gradual loss of collagen and elastin in the upper lid can lead to sagging skin that folds over your eyes, impairs your vision, and makes you look tired or upset.
You may also develop bulging, heavy eyelids because of prominent or malpositioned fat deposits. Common signs of aging in the lower lid include excess skin, prominent fat deposits (“bags under the eyes”), and sometimes poor lower lid position.
Dr. Hicks evaluates the signs of aging on your upper eyelids and lower eyelids to determine the ideal technique needed for your
blepharoplasty in Greenville that will reverse the signs of aging.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
You should expect some redness, swelling, tenderness, numbness, and bruising around the eyelids for a couple weeks after your eyelid surgery. You may resume work and most activities after a week, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for at least 10-14 days. You should also avoid wearing contacts for the first week after your surgery, so you may want to have a set of eyeglasses available during your recovery.
Your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Hicks
Your eyelid surgery journey starts with a thorough consultation with Dr. Hicks. She will carefully examine your eyelids, review your medical history, and discuss your goals and concerns. After a thorough evaluation, she will discuss her recommendations for your surgery, highlighting the pros and cons of all your treatment options. She will also share Before & After images to help you make an informed decision.
Once you’ve approved the treatment plan, Dr. Hicks and her team will walk you through every aspect of your blepharoplasty in Greenville, including the preparation, surgery, and aftercare.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Dr. Hicks may perform your eyelid surgery under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery. After anesthesia has been administered, she begins the surgical procedure.
- Upper Blepharoplasty: Dr. Hicks makes an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelids, then removes excess skin. Any fat that is bulging is judiciously reduced or repositioned.
- Lower Blepharoplasty: Dr. Hicks makes an incision just under the lash line or on the inside of the eyelid. Skin may be excised, tightened, or left alone – it depends on your unique anatomy. Fat pockets that are bulging out are either reduced or repositioned.
After making all necessary adjustments, Dr. Hicks closes the incisions with tiny sutures. The entire procedure for blepharoplasty in Greenville usually takes between 1 to 2 hours, depending on whether you are having surgery on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. You will need to have someone drive you home once you’ve recovered from anesthesia.
Can I combine eyelid surgery with other procedures?
Eyelid surgery can significantly improve the signs of aging on your eyelids, but it can’t correct all aesthetic concerns related to the face, such as forehead lines or heavy brows. For optimal results, it may be best to combine your eyelid surgery with a brow lift, facelift, Botox, chemical peels, or other cosmetic procedures.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks
Dr. Kate Hicks is a board-certified, double fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon known for her excellent surgical outcomes and natural results. She takes the time to understand your concerns and goals and then develops a personalized treatment plan designed to address them. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks to explore your options for blepharoplasty in Greenville, South Carolina.