Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Dr paul gerarchi

As the primary focus of your face, your eyes are responsible for setting the tone for your appearance.

When your eyes look old or weary, the rest of your face is likely to as well. There are many ways to reverse signs of aging around the eyes, including a surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty. To ensure you weigh the surgical option fully, there are a variety of factors you and Dr Gerarchi at The Face Institute need to consider.

How is your health?

Dr Gerarchi will want to ensure your surgery is both safe and successful, which is why he will perform a full health evaluation before your procedure. This assessment will include any medications you are currently taking and medical conditions you might have. In some cases, these conditions will not affect your ability to undergo surgery. However, if Dr Gerarchi believes that your current health status might increase your risk for complications during or after surgery, he may recommend a nonsurgical option to help you achieve positive results with fewer risks.

What are your goals?

Blepharoplasty may be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both lids at the same time. Some of the concerns that he will address during this procedure include:

  • Excess skin on the upper lid that leads to a droopy lid
  • Lids that hang down over the eye, impairing vision
  • Excess creasing over the eye, interfering with makeup application
  • Puffiness underneath the eyes due to excess skin or fat deposits on the lower lid
  • Creases and wrinkles in the lower lid
  • A drooping lower lid that reveals the white of the eye underneath the iris

If you have one or more of these issues and you are looking for a long-lasting correction, blepharoplasty may work the best for you.

How much correction do you need?

While some patients may opt for eyelid surgery for even early signs of aging, many find they can sufficiently rejuvenate their appearance using nonsurgical solutions – at least for a time. Dr Gerarchi and our staff offer a selection of different treatments for this purpose, including injectable fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and micro needling. Some patients begin with these steps but decide after a period that they would prefer to pursue correction that will last longer than a few months at a time. The amount of correction required may also increase, leading patients to look at the more dramatic results surgery provides.

How much time do you have?

There is no way around it – surgery typically involves a recovery period that allows your body time to rest and recuperate. It is important to take that time off from work and other activities so that your healing process is not compromised. Blepharoplasty recovery takes one to two weeks. Bruising and swelling are frequent side effects during that time as well, which means you may not want to be out in public much during those early weeks. By planning for your time off, your recuperation will be much more relaxing and comfortable.

Are there other options?

For some patients, blepharoplasty will be the best choice for giving them the results they want. Others may find that some of our alternative treatments will provide the outcome they are looking for, postponing or eliminating their need to undergo surgery. Dr Gerarchi and our staff will work with you individually to help you determine which choice will offer you the most satisfying results overall.

If you are tired of your tired eyes, now is the time to consider solutions. Contact our team to find out how we can help you rejuvenate your appearance.