Enhance the Appearance of Your Eyes with Blepharoplasty

Sometimes, aging can cause the delicate skin around our eyes to become loose and start to sag. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure designed to restore a youthful, vibrant appearance. Bellevue, WA, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ort is an experienced and highly-regarded specialist in blepharoplasty surgery, offering her expertise to men and women who want to look younger.

Blepharoplasty at Ort M.D. Facial Aesthetic Surgery

At Ort M.D. Facial Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Ort offers blepharoplasty procedures to patients seeking to improve their appearance and rejuvenate the area around their eyes. Located in Bellevue, WA, Dr. Ort is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in eyelid surgery. Dr. Ort takes a personalized approach to each patient’s care, utilizing the latest technology and techniques to provide individualized treatment plans that meet their aesthetic needs.

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What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to alter or modify the eyelid area and is one of the most common facial 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.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Eyelid or brow lift treatments can greatly reduce signs of aging without needing more extensive treatments. Blepharoplasty can help improve drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes, wrinkles, and other imperfections around the eyes. The procedure also has more subtle benefits like a brighter, smoother complexion and improved vision due to better alignment of the eyes and eyelids.

Let’s dive deeper into the benefits:

Your eyes look refreshed and younger.

By lifting the saggy eyelids and removing the bulge underneath the eyes, blepharoplasty helps the eyes appear more open, and fine crepey lines are 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, so they are not visible outside.

Blepharoplasty is customized for you.

Every eye shape is different, so every eyelid surgery is unique. Blepharoplasty is intended to enhance your unique look cosmetically. Eyes are often the first feature noticed about a person’s face, and this surgery is uniquely customized for you.

You feel better about your appearance.

When your eyes look better and brighter, you may feel more confident in your everyday life. When you are less stressed about your appearance, you can be more comfortable in your day-to-day activities at work, school, and home.

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 ethnicities, ages, and goals.

Am I a candidate for Blepharoplasty?

As we age, the shape of our faces and the elasticity of our skin may change. One of 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. If you are bothered by aging eyelids and wish to surgically correct them, you may be a good candidate 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 earlier age than their non-East Asian counterparts. For some, it can even cause discomfort and impact their ability to comfortably see, as the upper eyelid lashes can point inward, causing irritation of the eye. Even wearing certain kinds of make-up can be challenging. This “double eyelid surgery” can help East Asian patients achieve a more defined result.

Consultation and Preparation

During the consultation for blepharoplasty, you can expect to discuss your goals and concerns with the surgeon. The surgeon will examine your eyelids and face and may take photographs for your medical record. The surgeon will also discuss your medical history and any medications you take.

The surgeon will explain the different techniques that can be used for blepharoplasty and help you understand the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. The surgeon will also provide you with pre-and post-operative instructions and may provide you with an estimated cost for the procedure.

To prepare for blepharoplasty, you will need to follow the pre-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. This may include stopping certain medications, avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, and avoiding sun exposure. You may also need to arrange transportation to and from the surgical facility and have someone stay with you after the surgery.

It is important to be honest and open with the surgeon during the consultation and to carefully follow the pre-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcome from the procedure.

Your Blepharoplasty Procedure

When you come in for your blepharoplasty Bellevue facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yirae Ort will first analyze your eyelids and under-eye in order to make a professional recommendation. Blepharoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia and IV 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 offers scarless eyelid surgery to address the bulge under the eyes. Stitches are typically removed five to seven days after the surgery. Once healed, most patients have no visible scarring and easily conceal bruising or incisions during their recovery.

For patients undergoing double eyelid surgery, the incision or approach may vary slightly. You’ll be able to discuss any details with Dr. Ort during your consultation for blepharoplasty in Bellevue to ensure that you are fully prepared and understand the blepharoplasty approach.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Through upper eyelid blepharoplasty, you can greatly enhance the look of your eyelids. This surgical procedure is a safe and effective way to improve your appearance. The upper eyelids can become droopy and saggy with age, or a hereditary trait can cause the upper eyelid crease to be shallow or non-existent.

Some benefits of upper lid blepharoplasty include

  • Improved appearance: Upper blepharoplasty can help to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids by removing excess skin and fat and smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines. This can result in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
  • Enhanced vision: In some cases, excess skin on the upper eyelids can obstruct vision. Droopy eyelids can cause discomfort and fatigue. Removing the excess skin can help to restore vision and reduce eye strain.
  • Long-lasting results: Upper blepharoplasty can provide long-lasting results, as the effects of the procedure are generally permanent. However, the natural aging process and other factors, such as sun exposure, can still affect the appearance of the eyelids over time.

Upper blepharoplasty can be a good option for people experiencing sagging or drooping eyelids, excess skin or fat on the upper eyelids, or wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. It can also be a good option for people with vision problems caused by excess skin on the upper eyelid.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Suppose you’re looking for a way to refresh the delicate area beneath your eyes. Look no further than lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This procedure can help reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and bags around your lower eyelids – transforming them into an aesthetically pleasing area of your face.

There are two main approaches to lower lid blepharoplasty:

Transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty: This approach involves making an incision outside the lower eyelid. The excess skin, fat, and muscle are then removed through the incision. This approach is typically used for patients with excess skin or fat on the lower eyelids and for patients who have wrinkles or fine lines around the eyes.

Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty: This approach involves making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. The excess fat is then removed through the incision. This approach is sometimes called “scarless blepharoplasty” or “scarless eye-bag blepharoplasty” because it involves no visible scars. It is typically used for patients with excess fat on the lower eyelids but not a lot of excess skin.

Some benefits of lower blepharoplasty include:

  • Improved appearance of the lower eyelids
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes
  • Reduced sagging or drooping eyelids
  • Removal of excess skin or fat

Double Blepharoplasty

Double blepharoplasty, also known as a full blepharoplasty, involves both upper and lower blepharoplasty. It is used to improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids and can be performed to correct sagging or drooping eyelids, remove excess skin or fat, and improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.

Some benefits of double blepharoplasty include:

  • A more youthful and refreshed appearance: If you’re tired of looking tired and want to rejuvenate your appearance, double blepharoplasty could be a good option for you. This procedure will help restore your youthful glow by removing extra skin and fat and smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines. With this transformation, you can look refreshed and invigorated.
  • Enhanced vision: If you have excess skin on your upper and lower eyelids that obstruct your vision, double blepharoplasty could help to improve your vision. Removing the excess skin and fat can help clear your field of vision and improve your ability to see.

Ethnic Blepharoplasty

Ethnic blepharoplasty, also known as Asian blepharoplasty or African blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure specifically designed to meet the needs of patients of Asian or African descent.

One of the main benefits of ethnic blepharoplasty is that it is tailored to the unique anatomy and aesthetic goals of patients of Asian or African descent. This means that the procedure is designed to preserve the eyelids’ natural characteristics and create a result that looks natural and harmonious with the rest of the face.

Ethnic blepharoplasty can be a good option for patients of Asian or African descent who want to improve their eyelids’ appearance and achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. If you are considering ethnic blepharoplasty and are wondering if it is right for you, it is essential to consult a qualified plastic surgeon with experience performing this procedure on patients of your ethnicity.

Combining Blepharoplasty with Other Cosmetic Procedures

It’s common to combine blepharoplasty with other surgeries such as a forehead or brow lift. A sagging forehead or droopy brows can also contribute to the appearance of advanced aging in the face. In those 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.

There are many different techniques to lift the brows, and each technique has its indications, depending on your 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 Facial Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, we can recommend your best options for effective upper facial rejuvenation.

Some people may also notice an undesirable groove between their lower eyelids and cheek as they age. Those who are stressed by this appearance of the midface sagging, without jowls, lower face, or neck laxity may benefit from having an isolated cheek lift. This can be performed through the same incision made for the lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Fillers may also be used to plump out a tear trough deformity or lower eyelid depression.

A cheek implant procedure, which can be done alone or be combined with lower eyelid blepharoplasty, is another good option for improving the lower eyelid-cheek area, as well as the curvature of the face. This is especially important for those who have flat or sunken cheeks. The implants are typically placed through an incision made inside the mouth to minimize visible scarring on the face.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

After your eyelid surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising for one to two weeks. You’ll be prescribed medication to help manage discomfort and swelling, as well as eye drops to keep your eyes from becoming dry or itchy. 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.

It’s important to keep your head elevated during recovery and apply ice to the area as needed. Blepharoplasty recovery is variable and based on the extent of your procedure. Bellevue blepharoplasty patients who undergo a double eyelid surgery may need a few extra days to recover. In general, most people feel comfortable returning to work and the public within one or two weeks.

Results of the procedure can take a few months to become noticeable, but you should start seeing a more well-rested, vibrant appearance shortly after the procedure. It can take around 10 to 14 days for the swelling to subside and for you to see the full results of your blepharoplasty.


Why Dr. Ort?

Dr. Ort is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in blepharoplasty surgery and other cosmetic procedures that enhance the appearance of the eyes, face, and neck. Her expertise and experience make her one of the most sought-after surgeons in Seattle.

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