Is the Procedure Right for You?
Lower eyelid surgery, or lower blepharoplasty, may be an excellent option if:
- You have severely drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of your eyes
- The area under your eyes appears hollow or sunken
- You have pronounced under eye wrinkles
- You have bags or puffiness under your eyes
To qualify for blepharoplasty or any type of facial plastic surgery, you should be in overall good health. If you have a compromised immune system, eyelid surgery may not be right for you. If you smoke, you must be willing to quit for at least a few weeks before and following your surgery to ensure proper healing can take place.
Before the procedure, Dr. Passaretti will discuss your options with you and plan your surgery, including where to place the incisions. Throughout the planning process, he will ensure that the procedure aligns with your specific cosmetic goals.
Blepharoplasty can result in a younger and more alert appearance. In some cases, the procedure can also have health benefits.
What to Expect during Surgery
Prior to beginning your surgery, Dr. Passaretti will administer anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort during the procedure. Once you are comfortable, the doctor will create an incision on the inside of the eyelid or where it will be well-hidden in your lower lash line. Through the opening, he will remove excess skin and, if necessary, tighten the muscles underneath your eyes.
Often, under-eye puffiness is the result of extra or displaced fat deposits. Dr. Passaretti can remove these cells or reposition them to give your face a smoother look. Finally, he will close the incisions. Any resulting scars will be tiny and essentially undetectable, thanks to the precise placement of the stitches.
Many patients enjoy outstanding results after lower eyelid surgery alone. Other patients choose to combine this procedure with additional treatments. Commonly combined procedures typically include:
Dr. Passaretti will discuss these options with you at your pre-surgical consultation.
Ensuring a Healthy Recovery
Blepharoplasty recovery takes approximately two weeks. During this time, some slight swelling and bruising are normal. You can minimize these effects by:
- Sleeping with your head elevated
- Using ice packs
- Taking mild anti-inflammatory medications as prescribed
As the side effects subside, the results of your surgery will become visible. Blepharoplasty can result in a dramatically younger and more alert appearance. In some cases, the procedure can have health benefits, as well. By raising your drooping lower lids, Dr. Passaretti can protect your eyes from dryness and airborne irritants.
All medical procedures carry some risks, and lower eyelid surgery is no exception. Potential side effects may include:
- Excess tearing
Fortunately, Dr. Passaretti has years of experience with blepharoplasty. Therefore, when you choose our practice, you can expect to undergo an extremely safe procedure with stunning final effects.