Our eyes are often the first part of our face to show aging. The skin around our eyes and eyelids begins to sag. Not only can this make a person look older, but the sagging may even interfere with vision. Thankfully, there is a procedure known as eyelid blepharoplasty that can reduce the sag. Fortunately for you, Elmquist Eye Group performs blepharoplasty evaluation right here in Cape Coral.
What is the evaluation like?
During your evaluation appointment, we will perform a physical examination and ask you about your medical history. In particular, we will review any conditions, medications and risk factors to determine whether you are a good candidate.
We will take eyelid photos and perform a thorough vision exam to determine whether your eyelids are interfering with your vision. The Elmquist team will combine all these measures to perform a comprehensive determination of your eyelid status.
If you are a candidate, we’ll have a discussion with you regarding your expectations for the surgery, because we want to be on the same page and make sure that you have realistic expectations.
What is this surgery like?
As we age, the underlying eyelid collagen and supporting muscles weaken. The upper eyelids may even begin to sag and under-eye bags may appear. Upper eyelid bags may give your eyes a hooded appearance, and you may not even be able to completely open your eyes. If you fit this description, you may need the blepharoplasty procedure, which can unblock your vision while at the same time giving your eyes a much younger appearance. The surgeon often repositions or removes fat, thus creating a more natural look and facial appearance. Each eye only takes about 20 minutes to repair during outpatient surgery.
We ask our patients to take some pre-surgical precautions, such as discontinuing blood-thinner medications and stopping smoking so that it does not reduce the ability to heal following the procedure.
Blepharoplasty is a generally safe and very low-risk procedure. Most patients experience dry eye or irritation for the first couple of days, but infection is quite rare. We ask you to sleep with your head elevated to reduce or prevent swelling, and ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications are all you will need. You’ll have to avoid strenuous activities for about a week, but after that, you will be back to normal.
Someone should drive you to and from surgery, and stay with you that first night.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Near You
If you’ve had saggy eyelids for some time, and are experiencing vision interference or are just not happy with your appearance, come to Elmquist Eye Group for a blepharoplasty evaluation in Cape Coral. Our surgeon, Dr. Rodriguez, is the best eyelid blepharoplasty surgeon in SW Florida. If she recommends surgery for you, our entire Elmquist team will provide you with the best possible care from start to finish. Trust your eyes to our experienced expert surgeon at Elmquist Eye Group. Call us today to make your appointment.