Your eyes are one of the most important communication tools you have, but sagging, heavy or puffy eyelids can lead to a tired or angry appearance, giving the wrong impression about you. Eyelid surgery with Dr. Thors can help you regain your youthful edge by restoring a better refreshed, natural appearance to your eyes.
Sagging skin or heavy, puffy eyelids can cause a man to look tired, angry or worried all the time, even when he feels alert and satisfied. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and firms the tissues around the eyelids to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance to the eyes.
If sagging upper eyelid skin or puffy bags under your eyes are causing you to look older than your age, or if a tired or angry appearance, caused by signs of aging on the eyelids, is negatively affecting your social or professional life, then blepharoplasty can help you correct the issue and restore a more natural, refined eyelid contour. Eyelid surgery can:
Dr. Gunnar Thors approaches each eyelid lift procedure to address a man’s specific concerns, adjusting his technique to preserve the naturally masculine contours of your eyes. His goal is not to change your appearance, but to correct problems caused by aging eyelids and help you look better refreshed. You may benefit from upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.
An upper eyelid procedure corrects signs of aging around the upper lids. Dr. Thors removes excess skin to correct drooping and restore the natural eyelid fold. Incisions are typically made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid.
Lower eyelid surgery concentrates on smoothing and firming the skin and tissues just underneath the eye. Incisions are typically made in the lower lash line, through which Dr. Thors removes excess skin and fat and smoothes the remaining tissues to reduce or eliminate puffy under-eye “bags.”
Dr. Thors performs blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your needs and whether or not you are having another procedure during the same operation. Eyelid surgery alone usually takes less than 1 hour to perform, and you will be released to go home shortly after surgery.
Pain isn’t usually an issue, and you will be able to see as soon as you wake up from surgery. Your vision may be blurry for a day or two following surgery, mainly from the lubricating ointment applied to keep your eyes from drying out. Most patients are able to return to work within 1 week after surgery, and exercise may be gradually resumed after 2 to 3 weeks. Dr. Thors will provide detailed instructions to follow as you prepare for and recover from surgery.
Mild to moderate bruising and swelling are common following eyelid surgery, and typically resolve within 10 to 14 days after surgery. Improvements in eyelid contour are noticeably shortly after surgery and results continue to improve over the course of 2 to 3 months, as scars fade and slight residual swelling tapers off. Results will last for many years and will age naturally with you; a quality, professionally guided skin care program can help you prolong your results.
If the aging process has been unkind to your eyes, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Thors for a personal consultation. As a board certified plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience in facial plastic surgery, he has the knowledge and skills to help you improve your appearance and regain confidence in it.
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