Get Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Fargo, ND
The skin on our eyelids and around our eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body. Plus, our eyes are constantly exposed to the elements. This combination, along with the slackening of our tissues that is a part of natural aging, leaves us with droopy, sagging eyelids, and puffy, wrinkled skin beneath our eyes that can make us look a decade older than we actually are.
Fortunately, eyelid surgery with Dr. Thom removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to give you younger, more rested-looking eyes. Eyelid surgery can be purely cosmetic, or it may be used to correct sagging eyelid skin that has begun to impact the patient’s vision.
A popular procedure
Every year, eyelid surgery, clinically called blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries worldwide. This is because this procedure delivers dramatic results, but they are subtle at the same time. People will look at your face and know you somehow look younger, and more alert, but they won’t have any idea that you had eyelid surgery to accomplish that.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a common surgical procedure to remove excess eyelid skin that is impairing eyesight. The surgery involves the repositioning or removal of excessive upper eyelid tissue. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the nature and severity of the condition. Generally, the excess upper eyelid skin will hang down over the eyelashes and block your peripheral vision or the outer and upper parts of your field of vision.
Patients that have less severe excess skin under the eyelids may opt to have the procedure performed for cosmetic reasons, especially if they want to remove the look of “bags” under their eyes.
The goal of eyelid surgery is to take the sagging and drooping out of your eyelids, and to remove the puffiness and wrinkles beneath your eyes, as much as possible. The surgery is delicate and involves excision of skin and fat, along with tightening of the support muscles.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is one cosmetic procedure that is popular with both women and men. This is because the eyes are the focal point of the face, and aging eyes make you look older and tired.
Good candidates for blepharoplasty still have good tone in their facial muscles and tissue, but many people over the age of 40 could benefit from this surgery. Only people with eye diseases are not able to have eyelid surgery, at least until their condition has been addressed.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Dr. Thom can perform blepharoplasty on either the upper or lower eyelid or on both in one procedure. Because of this, the surgery can run from 45 minutes to two hours.
This is a delicate surgery that employs small incisions. On the upper eyelid, Dr. Thom makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid to conceal any scarring. He then removes excess skin and muscle, and some fat.
What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?
Recovery from blepharoplasty is not difficult. When you return home after your surgery, Dr. Thom will have covered your eyelids with light gauze. We give you a cold compress and eye lubricant. If you’re diligent with the compress, you can minimize bruising and swelling. Pain is not severe and can usually be handled with over-the-counter pain medication. After one week, your stitches will be removed and your eyelid recovery is usually mostly complete. You may have some on again, off again light swelling, but this resolves in a few weeks.
Are my results from blepharoplasty permanent?
Your results from eyelid surgery are immediate and permanent. It will take a few days to fully see your results as your swelling resolves, but your eyes will soon look great. The changes made, removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles, mean that your eyes will always look younger. Yes, the aging process will continue, but it will re-start from a younger point after this surgery.
Will I have visible scarring from eyelid surgery?
The incision for the upper eyelid is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, so it is virtually invisible afterwards.
How soon can I go back to work after eyelid surgery?
Most patients can return to work after 3-5 days. It’s important to rest your eyes in the first days after surgery.
Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
Blepharoplasty is often done for cosmetic reasons, and would not be covered by insurance in these cases. However, if your drooping eyelids are beginning to impact your field of vision, eyelid surgery will usually be covered by your insurance.
The only way to determine if eyelid surgery is truly a medical necessity is to visit our office for a consultation with Dr. Thom in Fargo, North Dakota.
Ptosis Surgery in Fargo
Common eyelid conditions like ptosis, or droopy lids are generally age related. Ptosis can be present at birth or it can develop as a result of aging or injury. The condition can affect the levator muscles that lift the eyelid.
Ptosis is generally treated through surgery. Dr. Thom will tighten your levator muscles to lift the eyelids and improve your vision if your droopy lid was previously blocking your vision.
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Dr. Thom performs many Blepharoplasty/Ptosis surgeries and has done hundreds over the last 15 years.
If you are interested in learning about the possible treatment options for your eyelids, please contact the staff at Thom Eye & Laser to schedule an appointment.