Sagging and drooping eyelids can contribute to a tired or aged appearance, even if you don’t feel that way.
For some patients, this happens over time, as our eyelid muscles and skin start to lose elasticity and tightness. However, for other patients, droopy upper eyelids or bulging in the lower eyelids are hereditary. In addition to causing patients to appear tired or older than they really are, excess tissue around the eyes may contribute to complications of seeing clearly. In certain situations, patients may want to modify the shape of their eyes or define a crease in their upper eyelids. Among such as those of East Asian descent, upper eyelids without a crease known as monolids, are present in more than 50% of the population.
The monolids are caused by an anatomical variant where the crease insertion is much lower and closer to the lashline and more fat may be present in the upper eyelids than those of Caucasian. This can create a heavy upper eyelid appearance, leading to a perceived unfriendly or tired look. Dr. Yirae Ort offers cosmetic blepharoplasty to patients in Bellevue, Washington, and the surrounding Seattle cities.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to alter or modify the eyelid region and is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It involves reshaping the skin, muscle, and fat around the eyes to create smoother and more lifted eyelids. The goal of blepharoplasty is to create a more youthful appearance while also cosmetically lifting the sagging skin to improve the visual range.
Eyelid surgery for both upper and lower eyelids can be an effective facial rejuvenation option to lift and open the eyes for a refreshed, awake, and inviting appearance.
If you’re interested in getting your eyelids rejuvenated, contact our office to set up a consultation. Dr. Ort offers high-quality eyelid surgery for patients of various ethnicity, age, and goals. She is ready to talk with you about yours.
Your eyes look refreshed and younger.
By lifting the saggy eyelids and removing the bulge underneath the eyes, the eyes can appear more opened and the fine crepey lines can be smoothed.
Once healed, incisions are almost imperceptible.
The upper eyelid incisions are typically hidden in the existing lid crease. The lower eyelid incisions can be made just below the lash line, or are sometimes on the inner side of the lower eyelids called conjunctiva, so they are not visible on the outside.
Blepharoplasty is customized for you.
Every eye shape is different and so should be the eyelid surgery intended to cosmetically enhance your look. Eyes are often the first feature that people notice about a person’s face, and it is uniquely customized for you.
You feel better about your appearance.
When your eyes look better and brighter, you may feel more confident. When you are less stressed about your appearance, you can become more productive and comfortable in your day to day activities at work, school, and home.
Are you unhappy with the appearance of sagging skin around your eyes, or have you struggled with the appearance of hooded eyelids since your youth? Dr. Ort offers in-depth cosmetic enhancement options to help you address these aesthetic concerns and to help you make an informed decision about your facial plastic surgery. Even a small change made with eyelid surgery can bring such a big positive impact on our Bellevue blepharoplasty patients. To get started on your options with eyelid surgery, contact our office by calling 425.200.5890 or filling out our online form. Dr. Ort can recommend your best option for facial rejuvenation during a private consultation.Find your Procedure
As we age, the shape of our faces and elasticity of our skin may change. One of the most common issues and the earliest signs in aging patients is sagging eyelids. This can occur on the top or the bottom eyelids and can contribute to a tired, aged look that can be difficult to correct even with cosmetic products. Patients who are bothered by their aging eyelids and wish to surgically correct them may be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is also very popular among patients of East Asian descent. Hooded or heavy-appearing eyelids are a common trait among these patients and can cause distress from an early age. For some, it can cause discomfort and impact their ability to comfortably see, as the upper eyelid lashes can point inward, causing irritation to the conjunctiva of the eye. In addition, wearing certain kinds of make-up can be challenging for these patients. This is often known as ‘double eyelid surgery’ and can help patients with a monolid achieve a more defined result.
Dr. Ort will analyze your eyelids and under-eye area in order to make a professional recommendation. Blepharoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia and sedation for your comfort. It involves making an incision along the natural creases of the upper eyelids, and just beneath the lash line of the lower eyelids. Dr. Ort also offers scarless eyelid surgery to address the bulge under the eyes. Stitches are typically removed 5~7 days after the surgery. After recovery, most patients see no visible scarring or at least can easily conceal it with makeup.
For patients undergoing double eyelid surgery, the incision or approach may vary slightly. During your consultation for a blepharoplasty Bellevue facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ort will be able to discuss any details with you to ensure that you are fully prepared and understand the blepharoplasty approach.
This procedure typically takes about an hour. To improve the eyelids or under-eye areas, Dr. Ort will remove fatty tissue or excess skin. If you choose to combine other procedures such as a brow lift or cheek lift to improve the appearance of the eyelid-cheek junction, these additional procedures may add a few more hours. It’s important to remember that the results of a surgical approach will vary for everyone.
It’s common to combine blepharoplasty with other surgeries such as a forehead or brow lift. Often, a sagging forehead or droopy brows can contribute to the appearance of aged eyes. In those certain cases, it may be more beneficial to lift the brows as well as the eyelids in order to achieve a more natural and harmonious rejuvenation of the upper face, as there is a limit to how much the eyelids alone can be lifted. There are many different techniques to lift the brows, and each technique has its indications for patients depending on their aging process and anatomy. There are benefits of having multiple procedures at one time, including undergoing sedation only once and only needing one recovery period. During your consultation at Ort MD Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, we can recommend the procedures that will benefit you the most.
If there is puffiness above the groove and sagging cheek tissue below the groove, which causes a bumpy facial profile rather than a smooth curvature. Those who are stressed by this appearance of the midface sagging without the jowls, lower face and neck laxity may benefit from having an isolated cheek lift performed through the same incision made for the lower eyelid blepharoplasty. A cheek implant procedure combined with lower eyelid blepharoplasty is another good option for improving the lower eyelid-cheek junction as well as the curvature of the face for those who have flat, sunken cheeks. The implants are typically placed through an incision made inside the mouth to minimize visible scarring.
After your eyelid surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising for one to two weeks. If you normally wear contact lenses, we recommend wearing eyeglasses instead during the first week. If stitches are present, they will typically be removed one week after the surgery. You’ll be prescribed medications to take in order to help manage discomfort and swelling, as well as eye drops to keep your eyes from becoming dry or itchy.
It’s important to keep your head elevated during your recovery period and ice the area as needed. This can vary based on the extent of treatment. Our Bellevue blepharoplasty patients who undergo a double eyelid surgery may need a few extra days to recover. In general, most patients feel comfortable returning to work and the public within one or two weeks.
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Contact us to set up your personalized consultation with Dr. Ort. We warmly invite you to experience exceptional cosmetic surgery at Yirae Ort M.D. Facial Aesthetic Surgery.Call Today 425.200.5890