Do other people often comment that you look exhausted even though you have gotten a good night’s rest? Do they tell you that you look worried, concerned or depressed when you are in fact feeling happy? If so, you might benefit from undergoing blepharoplasty with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can correct the look of sagging upper eyelids, drooping lower eyelids or both, for a well-rested, refreshed look throughout the eyes.
What Eyelid Surgery Achieves
Due to the natural aging process, the skin can start to sag, and fat can become displaced. Muscle tone may also degenerate. When this occurs, the upper eyelids start to feel heavy and sag, and the lower eyelids may start to droop, contributing to the appearance of “bags” under the eyes.
To correct these aesthetic concerns, Dr. Porter offers individuals in Bethesda and Washington D.C. blepharoplasty. During the procedure, Dr. Porter removes excess skin and displaced fat from the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both to help patients achieve a more youthful, reinvigorated look throughout the eyes. She can also create a distinct eyelid crease where one did not before exist.
To get an idea of how eyelid surgery can help you look more refreshed and youthful, please see one of our patient’s before-and-after photos.
What the Blepharoplasty Procedure Entails
During your consultation, Dr. Porter evaluates your entire periorbital region — the eyes, eyebrows, and cheeks — to determine the degree of facial rejuvenation required. She may recommend that you undergo an adjunct facial rejuvenation procedure such as filler injections or brow lift surgery to optimize the revitalizing effects of cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery that is typically performed under general anesthesia. If Dr. Porter is treating both the upper and lower eyelids, she starts with the upper eyelids. Dr. Porter positions the incision in the upper-eyelid crease, so it is easily concealed within the natural fold. She excises excess skin before removing unwanted fat and tissue from the area. Once she is satisfied with the new contour of the upper eyelids, she closes the incisions with sutures that are removed above five days following surgery.
Dr. Porter then addresses the lower eyelids, positioning the incisions either directly below the lower eyelashes or just inside the lower eyelids. Again, she excises excess skin and eliminates fat and other tissue from the area before closing the incisions with sutures. (If the incision is placed inside the lid, dissolvable stitches are used.)
Recovering From Blepharoplasty
You should arrange to take one to two weeks off from work or your everyday activities, following blepharoplasty. Although you will have recovered sufficiently to return to work within one week, you may prefer to take 10 days off, so all residual symptoms have improved enough that it is not readily noticeable that you have had any “work” done. Makeup can be worn at the 10-day milestone, obscuring any mild redness of the incisions.
You might experience postoperative swelling or bruising throughout the treatment area, but, again, these symptoms will improve within about two weeks. You should avoid vigorous activity, including strenuous exercise, but you can walk and engage in other light activities. Some patients may also consider dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Botox.
Renew Your Look
You can be on your way to renewing your look today! To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Porter to find out more about eyelid surgery, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191. Your best clinic for plastic surgery in Chevy Chase MD (serving Washington DC).