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Regain a More Youthful Appearance With Eyelid Surgery

As we age, the area around our eyelids naturally becomes stretched and the skin around and underneath the eye can begin to sag or become puffy, resulting in a more aged or tired appearance of the whole face. For men and women who are looking to improve the appearance of their eyelids or to correct functional issues caused by sagging or drooping eyelids, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be a worthwhile option.

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves making an incision along the natural crease of the upper or lower eyelid. Through the incision, Dr. Schaffer will tighten muscles and remove fat deposits and/or excess skin before closing the incision. Surgery can be done on the upper or lower lid or on both lids. The result is a more energized, youthful appearance.

Open Your Eyes to the Possibility of Eyelid Surgery

The sagging or drooping of skin around the eye occurs naturally as part of the aging process and it impacts each person differently. If you look tired even while being well-rested or your field of vision is reduced due to sagging skin, eyelid surgery could be life changing for you. Upper eyelid surgery can help smooth the skin from your eyelashes toward your brows, while lower eyelid surgery can reduce undereye bags and give the under eye area a tighter appearance.

Your path to eyelid surgery at Schaffer Plastic Surgery will begin with a one-on-one consultation with our highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Schaffer, who will walk you through the process and offer honest and informed feedback regarding the procedure. Taking into account your unique facial features, he will determine the best steps to achieve your desired goals and will personalize a treatment plan to fit those needs. Dr. Schaffer may recommend eyelid surgery in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift, facelift or skin resurfacing, in order to best achieve your goals while further elevating your features and rejuvenating the face.

What to Expect from Eyelid Surgery

Individuals choose eyelid surgery for a variety of cosmetic and functional reasons, and the procedure can alleviate a variety of concerns, including:

  • Puffiness caused by excess fat deposits around the eye
  • Excess skin on the upper or lower lid, leading to bothersome folds and wrinkles
  • Sagging or loose skin on the upper lid Under-eye bags
  • Obstructed vision caused by drooping upper lids
  • Excess exposure of the whites of the eyes caused by drooping lower lids

Eyelid surgery is one of the top five most common cosmetic surgeries and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid or on both eyelids depending on your unique needs. Both men and women may choose to have eyelid surgery in order to repair drooping eyelids and achieve a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance or to improve their field of vision if sagging or loose skin has impeded their sight. Benefits of the surgery can include:

  • A clearer, less obstructed visual field
  • A more lifted appearance for the whole face
  • A more youthful, alert and refreshed appearance

Recovery Time

As with most surgical procedures, it is important to allow for ample recovery time for your safety and to retain the best results. The amount of time you need for recovery will be determined based on the extent of your eyelid surgery, but Dr. Schaffer finds that most patients are pleasantly surprised by how quickly they are able to return to their normal routines. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, allowing you to rest and recover with loved ones at home.

What to expect following the treatment

Following the procedure, you may temporarily experience blurred vision, watering eyes, light sensitivity and soreness as you recover. During this time, it is important to protect your eyes from the sun and to give your body plenty of rest and allow it to heal by gently cleaning the eye area and avoiding vigorous physical activity until Dr. Schaffer advises you to return to normal activity.

Dedication to Safety and Communication

Dr. Schaffer is dedicated to safety before, during and after all procedures, and he makes his personal cell phone available to all patients in case issues arise after-hours. He also routinely performs house calls to ensure top care and recovery. As a plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Schaffer provides his patients with knowledge, a high regard for safety and an eye for aesthetics, making him an excellent choice for your eyelid surgery.

State-of-the-Art Care

As a patient of Schaffer Plastic Surgery, your procedure will be conducted in our private, state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility which adheres to the highest safety standards and is nationally certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The facility is located across the street from Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and offers convenient parking and a comfortable waiting room for your family.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Schaffer today to learn more about how you can refresh and rejuvenate your look through eyelid surgery.