Chapin Aesthetics – Philadelphia Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Also Serving Doylestown, Bucks County, and Montgomery County
Signs of aging can appear in a number of different areas of your face. For example, crow’s feet on the outside corners of the eyes, frown lines across the forehead and laugh lines around the mouth can all make you appear older than your actual age. Drooping eyelids, however, can be one of the worst culprits. They can make you appear tired and old long before you actually feel that way. Sagging upper eyelids can even cause vision problems. Fortunately, eyelid surgery improves the look of drooping upper and / or lower eyelids to restore a more youthful appearance to the face.
Dr. Scott Chapin is a highly skilled Philadelphia area cosmetic surgeon who offers eyelid surgery, technically known as “blepharoplasty,” to help Philadelphia, Bucks County and Montgomery County patients turn back the hands of time.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
This procedure is most often performed on patients who are in their late thirties or older; although, some people with a family history of excessively saggy upper eyelids or “bags” under the eyes might elect to have blepharoplasty at a younger age.
In general, suitable candidates for eyelid surgery include those who:
- Suffer from drooping upper and / or lower eyelids caused by loss of skin elasticity and /or displaced fat
- Are in good overall physical and mental health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery
What Is Involved in Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes Dr. Chapin about two hours to complete, depending on the complexity of your situation, how much tissue Dr. Chapin must remove and if you have chosen to undergo any adjunct cosmetic procedures. With blepharoplasty, Dr. Chapin can address the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both.
Anesthesia is administered before starting eyelid surgery, so you do not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
If you have chosen to correct sagging upper eyelids, Dr. Chapin addresses that region first. He creates an incision on the natural fold, or crease, of each upper eyelid. He next removes any extra fat, skin or other tissue from the region before closing the incision with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape. As the treated area heals, any scarring caused by the incision should become almost undetectable.
Then, Dr. Chapin addresses the lower eyelids if needed. He places this incision either inside the lower eyelid or just underneath the lower eyelashes. Again, the Philadelphia plastic surgeon eliminates any extra fat, skin or other tissue from the region. He next closes the incision with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape.
What Is the Recovery Period for Eyelid Surgery?
As soon as the effects of anesthesia have worn off, an authorized individual can take you home. Do not move any bandages that you notice on the treated area(s) until Dr. Chapin lets you know that it is safe to do so.
After eyelid surgery, you may discover that the treated area is swollen or bruised. However, these are normal symptoms that should subside within approximately three weeks. You may also experience postoperative discomfort or mild pain. You can apply ice packs and take the oral pain medication as advised by Dr. Chapin to minimize any discomfort.
Expect to take one to two weeks off from work or your usual routine. During the initial recovery phase, you should avoid strenuous activity and get plenty of rest. Until your eyes have healed fully, it is crucial that you wear dark sunglasses to shield them from the sun. To maximize the aesthetic effects of eyelid surgery and minimize the risk of postoperative complications, closely follow all Dr. Chapin’s pre- and post-operative instructions.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chapin, voted Best Plastic Surgeon of Bucks and Montgomery County, please call 267.880.0810 or complete our Contact Us form.