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Many patients complain of having bags under their eyes which typically is a result of the fat around the eyes starting to poke through the skin a little bit. Often, Puffy Eyes is a genetic problem, so the patients can identify other family members, like their parents, who have had a similar problem.
Michael R. Macdonald, M.D. is a highly-skilled San Francisco facial plastic surgeon specializing in performing blepharoplasty at Aesthetic Surgery Center.
There are two different treatment options for puffy eyes.
The first method is to inject filler underneath, where the fat is poking out to basically smooth the puffiness so that there is a seamless contour from the lower eyelid to the cheek. The alternative method is to remove the fat with surgery through a procedure called a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Both treatment options are good, depending on the patient’s situation and what they desire.
Some patients come to their appointment with an important event and want their face to look fantastic, such as a wedding or photo-shoot. Most times, these patients want a simple option, appreciating that it will be a temporary solution. If they want to maintain results, they will need to redo the procedure again in the future.
Other patients want one intervention that they can do at a single point in time and be done with it. Surgery is a better option for those patients. However, either option can achieve an excellent result, obviously depending on a patient’s particular anatomy.
Can upper eyelid surgery be done under local anesthesia?
Upper eyelid surgery is very often done with local anesthesia, meaning the procedure can be performed in the office with the patient awake. Your doctor will numb up your upper eyelid and then perform the surgery, which typically involves removing part of the upper eyelids’ skin and fat to improve the overall appearance.
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What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?
Recovery following the procedure is generally easy and smooth. The one problem associated with blepharoplasty is that most patients will get bruising around the eyes. Most patients experience no pain and do not have to take any pain medication besides Ibuprofen administered immediately after the procedure. The impact that you will get on your appearance after having a lower or upper eyelid surgery is dramatic compared to the relatively easy recovery.
Will your face look mismatched without an entire facelift?
Many times your doctor can address just one area of the face, in particular the eyes. For different people, the aging process occurs differently. Some patients experience more aging around the jawline and neck, while other patients experience aging changes around the eyes. Certainly, what bothers you about aging will differ based on how your face responds to aging. Your care provider will tailor your treatment intervention based on your desire and the treatment plans that will best suit your face.
The goal of all facial rejuvenation procedures, including eyelid surgery, is to achieve natural and improved-looking results. To look rested, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book a blepharoplasty procedure and get an improved, fresher you.