Woman Being Prepped for a Blepharoplasty

Do you look older than you are due to sagging or droopy eyelids? Although aging is a natural part of life, you don’t have to feel frustrated when you look in the mirror.

At Coastal Surgical Center, our team of expert surgeons is dedicated to making you look and feel younger by offering procedures like blepharoplasty and ptosis repair.

What is Blepharoplasty, and is it Right for Me?

Blepharoplasty is another name for eyelid surgery. It is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of your eyelids.

You can have blepharoplasty performed on your upper or lower lids, or if necessary, on both lids. Blepharoplasty treats drooping or sagging skin that can impair your vision.

It is also able to reduce puffiness in the eyelids, which is due to fatty deposits. Undergoing eyelid surgery can also improve the appearance of bags under the eyes and remove excess skin and wrinkles on your lower eyelids.

Although blepharoplasty is often recommended for people whose vision is impaired by droopy or saggy skin, you can also undergo it if you’re unhappy with your appearance.

How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

As blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, it’s not suitable for everyone. The only way to know if you qualify for a blepharoplasty procedure at Coastal Surgical Center is to schedule a consultation.

A good blepharoplasty candidate will look like the following:

  • You’re healthy and can safely heal during the recovery process
  • You are not a smoker
  • You have realistic expectations about what blepharoplasty can achieve
  • You don’t have any existing eye conditions

During your consultation, your oculoplastic surgeon will go into more detail about what to expect from blepharoplasty. This will include information about what the procedure is like and how long it takes to recover if you’re a good candidate.

During blepharoplasty, your surgeon will create a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid to prevent any noticeable scarring. After completing the incision, all excess skin, tissue, and fat are then removed.

The remaining skin and tissue on the eyelid are tightened and lifted, leaving you looking more youthful and vibrant. You can have blepharoplasty performed on both your upper and lower eyelids, depending on the look you want to achieve.

What is Ptosis Repair?

For some patients, drooping eyelids are due to a condition called ptosis. Ptosis occurs when the levator muscles in the eyelids that control raising the eyelid become weakened.

Most cases of ptosis are a result of aging. Ptosis repair is different from having an upper blepharoplasty. With ptosis repair, your surgeon will shorten or tighten the eyelid muscle.

By tightening the muscle, the eyelid will once again be able to lift and open the upper eyelid. If a patient has ptosis, undergoing ptosis repair is something that health insurance plans can cover.

Patients with ptosis can achieve a much higher quality of life when they choose to undergo ptosis repair at Coastal Surgical Center.

Want to look and feel younger? Schedule your consultation at Coastal Surgical Center in Newington, NH, to learn more!