Winter in Grand Rapids isn’t always the easiest time of year to deal with. Lots of grey days. Lots of below zero temperatures. It’s enough to make you want to take an extended nap. Maybe black bears hibernating in dens across the U.P. are onto something!
But winter is a good time to wake up. Say what? Wake up your eyes with eyelid surgery at Elite. Eyelid surgery, with Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Cullen, or Dr. Martin can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.
Every year in cosmetic surgery statistics, blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries because its results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that your appearance somehow seems younger and refreshed.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is popular with both women and men. That’s unusual for most procedures in the cosmetic surgery world. Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more men are opting to have blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. The muscle tissue is tightened, fat is repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed away. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed-out appearance.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.
Another great thing about this procedure is that it doesn’t involve a difficult recovery. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!