Hooded, drooping eyelids and under-eye bags can add years to the face. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates the eye area to give patients a refreshed, well-rested look. Dr. Jody Comstock has performed thousands of upper and lower blepharoplasties, and patients come from everywhere to seek her mastery and expertise.
WHAT IS BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids to remove excess tissue and/or on the under-eye area to remove fat pads and treat laxity. Dr. Comstock uses the ActiveFX™ fractional laser in cutting mode to make the incisions, which allows for greater precision and less bleeding than a traditional scalpel.
Most of our patients also elect to receive neuromodulator, dermal filler, and/or Kybella® injections in the weeks leading up to their blepharoplasty procedure. This combination treatment tightens, smooths, and evens out the skin. Both upper and lower surgeries can be performed in conjunction with ActiveFX fractional laser resurfacing for additional rejuvenation of the face, neck, and chest. Dr. Comstock will review your options with you during your personalized consultation.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Prior to an upper blepharoplasty, patients are medicated to ensure comfort, which necessitates a driver to and from the procedure. Dr. Comstock measures the area to determine the amount of tissue to excise, and a local numbing agent is injected after the area is thoroughly cleansed. Following the removal of excess tissue, sutures are placed that will remain for a week. Eyelid surgery takes approximately one hour, but patients are in the office a few hours for pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure monitoring.
Before a lower blepharoplasty, patients are medicated to ensure comfort, which necessitates a driver to and from the procedure. Dr. Comstock measures the area to precisely locate the fat pads that are slated for extraction, and a local numbing agent is injected after the area is thoroughly cleansed. Following a small incision on the inside of the lower lid, she removes the fat pads. There is no need for sutures. Under-eye surgery takes approximately one hour, but patients are in the office a few hours for pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure monitoring.
Both upper and lower blepharoplasties require one week of downtime, during which bending and lifting are prohibited. Over the first one to two weeks after surgery, swelling and redness are expected (with continual improvement), and in-office visits are necessary every few days to observe progress and healing.
HOW LONG WILL RESULTS LAST WITH BLEPHAROPLASTY?
The results of eyelid surgery are semi-permanent, lasting for decades. The removal of under-eye fat pads is permanent, as these pads do not recur.