Also Serving Eyelid Surgery Patients in Beachwood
As you age, you may find that your efforts to maintain a youthful and well-rested eye appearance fall short. This is because over time, the delicate skin on your eyelids loses its once-elastic and firm quality and the eyelid muscles weaken, resulting in droopy eyelids and crepe paper-like wrinkles about the eyes. When moisturizers, anti-aging creams and serums are no longer enough, blepharoplasty (otherwise known as eyelid lift) can effectively lift and tighten eyelid skin and muscles for a rejuvenated look.
Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk are the trusted choice for men and women seeking blepharoplasty in Cleveland and the surrounding area. Using precise technical skill and an artistic touch, the board certified plastic surgeons are able to smooth out wrinkled eyelid skin and lift sagging tissue in a way that looks completely natural. If tired or aging eyes are detracting from your beauty or youthful spirit, let Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk help you turn back the clock. Rest assured that they will help you obtain an energetic and softer look while still preserving your unique beauty.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
You may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty if you are bothered by any of the following:
- Excess, saggy skin on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both
- Fatty tissue on the lids
- Drooping skin on the upper eyelids that hangs over the eyelashes and interferes with vision
- “Bags” or puffiness under the lower eyelids
- Wrinkled skin on the lower eyelids
Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk understand that the eyes age differently in everyone. Rest assured that they will tailor their technique to your unique concerns, goals and facial anatomy. Depending on your desired outcome, they may recommend combining blepharoplasty with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as brow lift, facelift, or Botox. All of your cosmetic options will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.
What to Expect During Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is performed under anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure may involve treating the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. In upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in the natural crease line of the upper lids. Through these incisions, excess skin and fat are removed while the underlying muscles are repositioned to create a lifted and more natural-looking appearance. The overlying skin is re-draped on the modified tissues, smoothing out wrinkles and lines.
In lower blepharoplasty, incisions are made underneath the lower lash line (concealing visible scarring). The surgeon reduces under-eye bags by removing excess fatty tissue and repositioning the muscles. Fine lines and wrinkles around the lower eyelids are smoothed out.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
The initial recovery period for blepharoplasty can take one to two weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure and your personal healing progress. Our team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions to follow for quick recovery and optimal results.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Why is it important for a surgeon to take a conservative approach to blepharoplasty?
Because blepharoplasty is meant to last years, it is important that a surgeon be careful not to remove too much skin. If this happens, the resulting side effects may include dry eyes and difficulty completely closing the eyelids. The experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery remove the amount of skin that is sufficient to give you a relaxed, optimistic look.
How do I choose between blepharoplasty and brow lift?
When the main concern is loose skin and an accumulation of fat in the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty is often the best choice. If you are satisfied with the shape and placement of your eyebrow, blepharoplasty may be all you need. Brow lift may be a better choice when your brow is within the eye socket, has lost its natural shape, or you have a pocket of fat or loose skin that involves more than just the eyelid. Often, patients think they need a blepharoplasty and would actually benefit from brow lift. Dr. Foglietti and Dr. Fostyk will assess each patient on their initial consultation.
What are some of the other alternatives to blepharoplasty?
Dermal fillers are a popular alternative to blepharoplasty. Small injections of hyaluronic acid products such as Juvéderm can improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes by smoothing out the skin. Some patients may also benefit from an advanced technique in which fat from other areas of the body is used to add volume to facial features.
Fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles under the eyes, too. Loss of volume and thinning skin expose blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
Blood vessels and pigment can be directly targeted with laser treatment, as well. Laser is also very effective in treating so-called “crepey” skin under the eyes. In some cases, Botox can be a preferred way to relax muscles that are causing wrinkles and volume displacement near the eyes.
Restore youth and vitality to your eyes with blepharoplasty. To learn more about the procedure or the other facial rejuvenation options we offer, schedule a personal consultation by contacting our Cleveland practice today.