The Secret to Sparkly, Young-looking Eyes
Are heavy, tired eyelids giving away your age? Blepharoplasty, also called eye lift surgery, can remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids to refresh your eyes, allowing you to look as young as you feel.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center, eyelid surgery can effectively revitalize the eyes to restore an alert, rested appearance. Through upper and lower blepharoplasty Charlotte plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Ferrari addresses everything from dark circles, under-eye hollows, and puffy eyelids to many other eye-related cosmetic issues.
Some people are born with hooded eyes. Others develop hollowing, dark circles, and under-eye bags due to genetics. Aging and lifestyle factors such as fatigue, stress, smoking, and sun exposure can also take a toll on the delicate eye skin over the years, ultimately leading to sagging skin, fine lines, and puffiness. In severe cases, heavy eyelids can even obstruct vision, making tasks like reading, walking, and driving a challenge.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes or adjusts the soft tissues surrounding the eyes, including the skin, fat pads, and periorbital muscles. In doing so, Dr. Ferrari’s patients achieve sparkly, youthful eyes that look more awake, open, and several years younger.
Eye-firming creams do little to rejuvenate aging eyelids. At best, the results are modest and temporary. For a more dramatic and lasting result, hundreds of patients undergo eyelid surgery in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County every year.
Blepharoplasty is a relatively safe, convenient outpatient procedure that can radically transform the eye area so it appears more firm, toned, and lifted. Eyelid surgery treats a wide range of aesthetic concerns in one operation, making it one of the best values in cosmetic surgery. Most patients enjoy substantially younger-looking eyes for a decade or more.
While most patients consider eyelid surgery after age 40, age alone does not dictate whether a person is a candidate. Anyone over age 18 that is healthy, not pregnant or breastfeeding, and does not smoke may be considered for a Charlotte eye lift. Blepharoplasty is also an option for patients in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, so long as they do not have any contraindications such as diabetes, respiratory illness, heart disease, or bleeding disorders.
Both men and women turn to Dr. Ferrari for Charlotte blepharoplasty as a means of addressing:
Whether you inherited drooping eyelids or developed signs of aging as you grew older, the best way to learn whether you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery is to speak with Dr. Ferrari for an in-person assessment. During your consultation, he will listen to your cosmetic concerns and ask about your medical history. If you are eligible for eye rejuvenation surgery, he will curate a surgical plan that keeps your specific goals in mind. He will also provide you with a price quote, tell you about the risks of surgery, and how to prepare. You may need to adjust your medications and lifestyle habits temporarily. He may also order you to complete lab work if you have any health issues.
Dr. Ferrari administers local anesthetic for upper eyelid surgery so you will not experience any pain or discomfort. For lower eyelid surgery, which is a little more intensive, Dr. Ferrari will use either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure you are absolutely comfortable during your procedure. After resecting or repositioning the soft tissues, he will close the incision with fine sutures placed discreetly in the natural folds of your eyelids.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty focuses on lifting and opening heavy eyelids by removing excess tissue between the upper lash line and brow bone.
Lower eyelid surgery refreshes the under-eye area by addressing puffy lower eyelids, hollowing, creasing, and eye rhytides.
For patients concerned with their upper and lower eyelids, Dr. Ferrari may suggest double blepharoplasty, which combines the benefits of upper-lid blepharoplasty and lower-lid blepharoplasty into one procedure.
Dr. Ferrari can perform blepharoplasty as a standalone option or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift. Combined procedures have a distinct advantage as patients only have to endure one recovery period and may also save on anesthesia fees. The results tend to be more harmonious and balanced when multiple signs of aging are addressed simultaneously.
Your Charlotte eyelid lift procedure will require some downtime. Because upper eyelid surgery is less intensive, most patients return to work in just three to seven days. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a little more intensive and involves more swelling, so a few more days of rest may be needed before you can get back to work.
Regardless of the type of procedure, you can expect some degree of swelling and bruising afterward. Your vision may be blurry temporarily, so someone will need to drive you home from the surgical center. Much of the swelling and bruising resolves within two weeks; At this point, you should look socially presentable enough to venture into public.
Dr. Ferrari will provide detailed aftercare guidelines to speed up the healing process. For example, smoking is off-limits, and you may benefit from sleeping with your head propped up on pillows. You’ll also need to avoid heavy lifting and other intensive activities for up to six weeks. Take all medications as directed, and call his office immediately if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening swelling or signs of infection.
Once healed, most patients enjoy more youthful, rested eyes for ten to 15 years. Some patients undergo a second blepharoplasty later in life to maintain their results, as the fat pads, muscles, and skin will continue to age.
“The upper eye lift surgery was over before I even knew it! One week later, I was fully recovered and looking much younger.”
In addition to testimonials, here are a few other reasons why you should choose Dr. Ferrari as your Charlotte blepharoplasty surgeon:
Is it time to rejuvenate your eyelids? Let board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Ferrari help you achieve the fresh, youthful eyes you deserve. Dr. Ferrari and his team strive to deliver the best blepharoplasty Charlotte has to offer. Call Premier Plastic Surgery Center a (704)-844-8344 or request a consultation online. His patients come from Charlotte, Weddington, Monroe, Waxhaw, and Matthews, as well as other states and South America.
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), eyelid surgery ranks as one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures for men and women around the world. More than 257,000 male blepharoplasty operations took place in 2020. Female patients accounted for more than 968,000 eyelid surgeries that same year.
You won’t feel any pain during the operation after receiving an anesthetic. Any post-operative discomfort is easily addressed with pain medication.
Blepharoplasty is a relatively low-risk procedure if it is carried out by a board-certified Charlotte plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ferrari. He goes to great lengths to make sure your procedure and recovery are as safe and comfortable as possible. However, complications are a possibility. Some blepharoplasty risks include hematoma, numbness in the eyelid, chronic dry eyes, and blurred vision, which is usually temporary. Infection, undesirable scarring, anesthesia complications, and dissatisfaction with results may also occur.
Blepharoplasty results can last for many years to come. However, the skin and underlying tissues will continue to age.
Dr. Ferrari routinely performs upper eyelid surgery for hooded eyes so they appear more open and alert.
Upper blepharoplasty may improve peripheral vision in patients with severely hooded eyelids, helping them to see more clearly.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery can take place during one operation, yielding a more dramatic result.
Anyone over age 18 may be a candidate for blepharoplasty. There is no upper age limit so long as you are healthy and have no contraindications to surgery.
Downtime varies based on the extent of surgery. Upper blepharoplasty patients may return to work within three to seven days. Those that underwent lower blepharoplasty may need to take a week or two off from work.
As a customized procedure, the best way to get an accurate price quote is to book a consultation with a surgeon.
Most eye lifts are cosmetic and, therefore, not covered by insurance. Patients with impaired vision due to drooping eyelids may be covered under some health insurance plans.