Drooping eyelids are common in many people
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that helps Charlotte, NC patients who struggle with puffy or dropping eyelids. As we age, our eyes are often one of the first places to show it. Under the eyes may become puffy, giving you a squinty eyed appearance. Fat deposits can also develop over the eyes, causing the upper eyelids to droop down, which can impact your vision.

Though some people may come by these issues thanks to genetics, age can exacerbate the issue. Others may develop these issues as the years progress. Blepharoplasty can help alleviate these issues and give you a more alert, younger, look.

Upper and lower eyelid surgery both work to remove excess fat and muscle
There are two types of eyelid surgery, upper and lower eyelid surgery. Some people may only need to have one, while others may struggle with fat deposits both below and above the eye.

When you have an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision along the natural creases in your eye. They’ll then go in and remove excess skin, fat, and muscle, to make the eye lighter and prevent it from hanging down in front of your eyes. This can help restore vision in many people, not to mention help you look younger and more alert. Plus, since the incision is made in the natural creases of the eye, any scarring that is left is well camouflaged.

Lower blepharoplasty focuses on removing the fat deposits under the eyes. Though puffy under eyes are common, often when people are tired, it can become a permanent as fat starts to protrude from the occulis. Dr. Sean Freeman developed a new technique to correct this without leaving patients with a hollowed out look under their eyes. His method is the SOOF method and works to contain the protruding fat. For this type of blepharoplasty, Dr. Freeman makes an incision inside the eyelid and tightens the muscle.

Recovery generally takes about a week
Before having blepharoplasty, be sure to discuss the recovery period with your surgeon. Immediately after surgery, you’ll experience swelling and bruising as the area heals. You may be instructed to ice the area and keep it elevated for a few days to help reduce the swelling. However, it typically goes away within a week to ten days. Once you’re healed, you’ll be able to debut your new look.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Charlotte, NC patients who struggle with puffy, building skin under or above the eye may turn to blepharoplasty to find relief. Using the best techniques, Dr. Sean Freeman works to give patients the best results possible with as little risk as possible. Contact his office to learn more about this procedure or to schedule your consultation.