Facial aging is often noticed in the areas under and around our eyes. With the loss of collagen production, our facial skin begins to loosen over time, and fatty deposits and lax skin start to congregate around the upper and lower eyelids, causing them to droop. When the upper eyelids are affected by sagging skin, not only do we appear older, but this can also impair or partially obstruct our peripheral vision.
The youthful appearance of our lower eyelids can be compromised by excess skin and fat that can lead to puffiness, under-eye bags, or hollow tear troughs. With an eyelid lift, known as blepharoplasty, the eyelids can be rejuvenated, producing a younger-looking, well-rested appearance with an unimpeded field of vision. Depending on your specific concerns, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald in Vancouver, BC, can perform eyelid surgery on the upper or lower eyelids to give you a natural-looking, refreshed, and bright-eyed look.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Ideal candidates for an eyelid lift are nonsmokers in good health and have realistic expectations for what results can be achieved by the procedure. Patients who would benefit from an eyelid lift often have signs of facial aging around the eyes, including:
- Excess fat accumulated in the upper or lower eyelids
- Drooping upper eyelids negatively affecting peripheral vision
- Puffiness beneath the eyes
- Undereye bags
- Hollow tear troughs
- Excess skin and fine lines in the lower eyelids
During your consultation, Dr. MacDonald will examine your concerns and suggest the best treatment options to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Drooping upper eyelids can result from lax forehead skin and sagging eyebrows—in this case, a brow lift is likely an effective procedure to achieve the desired outcome. You might also have the option of combining both enhancement procedures to maximize your results.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery uses various techniques, depending on whether an upper or lower eyelid lift—or both—is being performed. Depending on your treatment plan, an eyelid lift takes approximately one hour to complete in a surgery typically performed as an outpatient procedure.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For an upper eyelid lift, an incision is made along the eyelid’s natural crease. Fat deposits may be repositioned or removed, muscles tightened, and excess skin is removed to eliminate and appearance of drooping.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Traditional blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids aims to remove and reposition the fat pockets under the eyes. To supplement this technique, Dr. MacDonald may utilize facial fat grafting to add volume to avoid the possibility of a hollowed and aged appearance.
Contact MacDonald Plastic Surgery for Your Eyelid Surgery Today
Before proceeding with your eyelid surgery in Vancouver, BC, it is essential that you have a personalized consultation with an experienced, skilled, and compassionate surgeon like Dr. Jeannie MacDonald at MacDonald Plastic Surgery. Not only will Dr. MacDonald guide you through the process, but she’ll also explain what to expect as you prepare for your procedure. To determine whether the procedure is the right fit for you, contact us at (604) 288-8517 or request a consultation today.