While your mouth does your talking, your eyes do much of your communicating, which is why tired, puffy eyes may not be sending the right message. At Randall B. Weil M.D. F.A.C.S., Dr. Weil is highly-trained in blepharoplasty — a small procedure that has a remarkable effect on how you greet the world. If you’re in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco, call the office for a consultation, or book an appointment online.
In the simplest of terms, blepharoplasty is a procedure to improve the appearance of your eyelids. As you age and your skin loses elasticity, the especially delicate skin of your eyelids is often the first to show the effects of time, resulting in drooping or puffy skin that can make you look sad or tired.
Dr. Weil performs this simple surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids to address:
One of the greatest advantages of blepharoplasty is that it’s usually a quick procedure that’s done in Dr. Weil’s office under local anesthesia. First, Dr. Weil makes a small incision along the crease of your upper eyelid — in order to mask any scarring — and performs the following, depending on your goals:
If you’re also tackling your lower eyelids, Dr. Weil makes an incision at your eyelash line and performs the same steps, depending on the extent of work that’s required to meet your desired results. In certain cases, Dr. Weil performs the lower eyelid work through an incision on the inside of your lower eyelid to remove or reposition fat underneath your eyes.
Once the necessary work is complete, Dr. Weil closes the incisions.
During the first few days after your blepharoplasty, you’ll experience some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. It’s important that you keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours, at least, and apply cold compresses to the area to minimize swelling. Dr. Weil sends you home with complete instructions, which may also include:
As your eyelids heal, the bruising and swelling will begin to dissipate over two to three weeks. After this period, you’ll notice the full effects of your procedure — your eyes will no longer be hidden behind puffy eyelids.
To learn more about how blepharoplasty can bring renewed vitality to your appearance, call Randall B. Weil M.D. F.A.C.S., or book an appointment online.