Your eyes are often the first facial features to show signs of aging. Over time, they may lose their youthful almond shape, the lids may begin to sag and develop excess skin, and wrinkles may emanate from the corners of the eyes (so-called “crow’s feet”). Additionally, fat that generally supports the eye area may shrink and shift in location, leaving hollows above or creating eyelid bags below. Certainly blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can address each of these problems. The procedure targets specific age-related changes for subtle yet effective rejuvenation.
Dr. Michael Zenn has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. He is an expert in the anatomy and plastic surgery of the face. Patients under his care benefit from individualized attention and the highest degree of surgical skill. Dr. Zenn’s artistic and studied approach to Raleigh blepharoplasty offers results that make you look like a younger, less tired version of yourself.
What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a type of surgery that takes that tired and aged appearance around the eyes and makes them more rested and youthful. Eyelid surgery accomplishes this by a combination of techniques, depending what is causing the problem. Some patients simply have excess skin or fat tissue. Others have more drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows that require a suspension or lift. Still others have loss of tissue around the eyes giving an “elderly” appearance that is best fixed with fat grafts. Eyes are often one of the first parts of the body to show aging, and not surprisingly are the first cosmetic surgery patients often have. Fortunately, if done correctly the first time, eyelid surgery results last and often do not ever need to be repeated.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Dr. Zenn performs eyelid lifts to address signs of aging in the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. He sometimes recommends that patients combine a blepharoplasty surgery with other procedures for a more comprehensive aesthetic improvement of the periorbital area. In a common example, Dr. Zenn will perform a brow lift and blepharoplasty in the same surgical session. By elevating the eyebrows that droop over the eyelids, he can open the eye area further which gives the patient a more youthful and rested appearance.
- Remove only the amount of excess skin and fat necessary to achieve a natural, refreshed appearance.
- Replenish lost fullness with fat grafting to fill the hollows above the eyes, smooth out bags below the eyes and/or fill in cheeks, all to give the face more youthful, shapely contours.
- Employ precision instruments to create smaller, better-concealed incisions.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
Most patients come to their initial appointment with the goal of looking more youthful or simply more rested. Some begin exploring blepharoplasty because they want to target specific signs of aging. Others are unsatisfied with the results and recurring expense from Botox® and facial fillers. Whatever brings you to the practice, rest assured you are in good hands.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Zenn will encourage you to openly share your concerns about your eye area. This is a significant discussion that allows you to talk about what you specifically like and dislike about the way your eyes look and the changes you would like to achieve. Dr. Zenn will share his extensive gallery of before and after photos with you so you can see actual surgical results on patients with concerns similar to yours.
Dr. Zenn will take your complete medical history. Dry eye, glaucoma, vision disturbances, and other factors may require him to adjust your treatment plan.
Once Dr. Zenn has learned about your health background and has a clear understanding of your goals and expectations, he will examine you and determine whether eyelid surgery alone or in combination with other procedures is the right approach for your needs. Some patients are not ready for surgery and benefit from non-surgical treatments like Botox® and fillers. If so, patients can have these treatments at the time of consultation if desired – with no downtime.
- Go over the details of the procedure, explaining each step in the process, so you know what to expect.
- Answer any additional questions you may have.
What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery?
All Zenn Plastic Surgery patients receive care at an accredited medical facility. A board-certified anesthesiologist/CRNA will administer anesthesia and provide you with additional medication so that you sleep through the procedure and awaken pain-free and comfortable.
- Perform the procedure using precision instruments and place incisions in areas where they will not be conspicuous.
- Remove excess skin and fat to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes.
- Use fat grafting to fill in hollow areas above the eyelids and eliminate bags beneath the lower eyelids.
What is the Recovery from a Blepharoplasty Procedure Like?
Most patients are able to leave the surgical center about an hour after the procedure. Dr. Zenn suggests that patients rest at home for a week to allow time for healing. You may have some soreness, swelling, or bruising and much of this is relieved by icing the first few days. By the second week and after receiving Dr. Zenn’s approval, you can apply makeup and ease back into your daily routine. You (and your friends!) will notice eyes that look more alert, restful, and youthful.
While the surgery is not painful, patients are advised to take it easy the first week after the surgery. Most people want to be back in action as quickly as possible. Relaxing the first week and putting icepacks on the eyes insures the least amount of swelling and bruising. Bruising, when present, may last up to 2 weeks. At that point, swelling is minimal and make up can be worn. Many patients choose to work from home during that second week if they do not want others to know they had a procedure. Surgery is outpatient and you will see Dr. Zenn the first day after surgery for a check. There will be an office visit at one week for removal of suture. With most patients back to work at two weeks, follow up after that is generally for your “after” pictures in 2 months.
What is the Average Cost of Eyelid Surgery?
The average cost of a blepharoplasty can be deceiving because the term can cover upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. And some cases are more complex due to pre-existing eye problems like dry-eye, eyebrow or eyelid droop, and these conditions require additional surgery. And these issues can only be determined in consultation, not with a phone quote. When you visit with Dr. Zenn for your initial blepharoplasty consultation, the two of you will discuss every detail regarding the procedure and he will be able to provide you with a personalized treatment plan and cost based on your specific needs. With eyelid surgery, who does the surgery matters and no one in the Triangle is more experienced than Dr. Zenn.
There is a misconception that insurance will cover blepharoplasty. This is true in only select cases and Dr. Zenn will inform you if insurance will cover your case. For those who are without coverage, Dr. Zenn provides his patients with several convenient payment options, including financing through Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit.