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Blepharoplasty In Seattle

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Drooping eyelids, excess skin, and fat can create tired, aged eyes.

Dark circles and puffy eyes do not help matters. Wisdom comes with age. It’s time you learn about Blepharoplastya cosmetic eyelid procedure that makes your eye area firmer and more youthful by removing loose skin, fat, and sometimes muscle to open the eye area.

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Redefining Facial Beauty

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address the visible signs of aging around the eyes. This delicate area of the face is often one of the first to show wrinkles, puffiness, and loose skin. Blepharoplasty can target these concerns, creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

There are two main types of this procedure. Upper Blepharoplasty addresses drooping eyelids and excess skin folds that can obstruct vision and create a tired look. Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty focuses on puffiness and bags under the eyes, resulting in a smoother and more alert appearance. In some cases, both upper and lower eyelids may be treated during a single procedure.

Blepharoplasty can also be performed for functional reasons, beyond cosmetic improvement. In cases where upper eyelid drooping is severe enough to impair vision, Blepharoplasty can be a corrective surgery to improve a person's visual field. It's important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if this is the right procedure for your needs and goals.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty with Dr. Hakim Said

At Said Plastic Surgery in Seattle Blepharoplasty is one of the best ways to refresh an aging face. However, it takes a qualified surgeon with the artistic skill to awaken tired eyes. With 23 years of experience, Dr. Said is a fellowship-trained and board-certified Seattle plastic surgeon. Not all eyelid techniques are created equal. Using cutting-edge techniques, he will help you achieve a younger and more refreshed appearance with Blepharoplasty, with benefits including:

  • Reduced Puffiness and Bagginess Around the Eyes: This can create a more youthful and alert appearance
  • Improved Vision: In some cases, upper eyelid drooping can obstruct vision, which is then addressed
  • Enhanced Appearance: This procedure can create a more balanced and harmonious look for the face
  • Increased Confidence: By addressing concerns about tired-looking eyes, it can boost self-esteem
  • Minimized Scarring and Natural-Looking Results: Dr. Said's specialized technique minimizes scarring for a subtle and natural rejuvenation

Dr. Hakim Said specializes in transconjunctival Blepharoplasty, which means the incisions are cleverly hidden where they cannot be seen. Less scarring delivers a more natural-looking and attractive result. No one will know you had anything done; However, you can expect compliments about how well-rested and refreshed you look. Dr. Said uses precision and skill to remove excess eyelid skin and revitalize the eye area. Using your cosmetic preferences as a guide, he will help you look younger and more refreshed with Blepharoplasty.

What can Blepharoplasty correct?

Many patients have eyelid surgery in Seattle to:

  • Correct sagging or loose upper eyelids to improve their field of vision
  • Create a defined eyelid crease
  • Reduce under-eye bags, puffiness, and eye wrinkles
  • Correct excess skin and fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids
  • Refresh the eyes so they appear more alert, open, and wider

The Blepharoplasty Consultation

During your consultation for Blepharoplasty Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Hakim Said will meet with you one on one to discuss the procedure. He will listen to your eyelid concerns and examine your skin for signs of aging. Depending on where the sagging eyelid skin is located, he may suggest an Upper Blepharoplasty, Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, or both. Some patients are better suited for a forehead lift than an eye lift. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Said helps you select the procedure that will provide the best cosmetic result. The consultation provides answers to all your questions so you know what to expect moving forward.

He explains how Blepharoplasty can make you look younger, along with what the surgery cannot do. You are welcome to ask about other procedures that interest you, such as facelift surgery or dermal fillers. Next, Dr. Said creates a surgical plan just for you. After your consultation, a staff member meets you to discuss the cost of Blepharoplasty. Since the surgery is tailored to your needs, a consultation is the best way to get accurate pricing. The next step is booking a surgery date. You are one step closer to refreshed, youthful eyes!

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The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Please follow all pre-operative instructions. On the day of your surgery, Dr. Said meets with you to go over any last-minute questions. He may use a special marker on your skin as a guide. General anesthesia, conscious sedation, or local anesthesia may be used.

Once you are comfortably numbed, Dr. Said makes a small incision. For lower eyelid Blepharoplasty, the incision is hidden in the conjunctiva. Through the incision, the underlying tissue is excised and tightened. Blepharoplasty surgery takes between two to three hours. The incisions are neatly closed. They are nearly or completely invisible once healed. You will awake in a comfortable recovery room. Most patients return home the same day.

Cosmetic vs. Functional Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic Blepharoplasty addresses aesthetic issues such as tired-looking eyes, heavy upper eyelids, fine lines, puffiness, and bags under the eyes. Functional Blepharoplasty corrects issues such as drooping eyes that impede vision. Dr. Said specializes in both types, allowing his Seattle Blepharoplasty patients to see better, rejuvenate their appearance, or both.

What to Expect During Blepharoplasty Recovery

Your eyes may be blurry immediately after surgery. This typically lasts two to three days but may persist for longer. Bandages are usually removed the next day.

Most discomfort subsides in the first three days. Pain medication may be prescribed. Swelling is minimal. Bruising may occur. Stitches, if any, are removed in approximately 7 days. Recovery after eyelid surgery is relatively easy. Dr. Said provides post-op instructions for proper healing. You may shower the day after surgery. It is best to sleep with your head elevated for one week. This reduces swelling. Most of our Seattle Blepharoplasty patients return to work in one to two weeks. You may drive when your eyes are no longer blurry.

Do not drive while taking prescription pain medications that cause drowsiness. Dr. Said prescribes pain medication and antibiotics to facilitate healing. Please consult with your physician before taking NSAID pain medications or supplements such as Vitamin E. Exercise may be resumed in six weeks; Please avoid physical exertion before this. Walking every few hours is a great way to get some exercise in early recovery. Walking also lowers the risk of blood clots. There is no need to walk long distances or power walk. A few steps go a long way!

Blepharoplasty Results

Within two to six weeks, you should see your eyes gradually improving in appearance. It can take three months to appreciate the full results. Scar maturation can take six months to a year.

Most of our Seattle Blepharoplasty patients enjoy a fresher appearance for a decade or longer. The skin and underlying tissues will continue to age. To extend your results, avoid prolonged sun exposure and unhealthy habits such as smoking, and invest in quality skincare products.

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Types of Eyelid Surgery Procedures:

  • Upper Blepharoplasty: An Upper Blepharoplasty reduces and lifts excess tissue of the upper eyelid.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty with Fat Grafting: A Lower Blepharoplasty can help reduce undereye sagginess, minimize lines or puffiness, and fill in tear troughs.
  • Double Eyelid Surgery: In a Double Blepharoplasty, the upper and lower eyelids are both reduced, smoothed, and tightened.
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How much does Blepharoplasty cost?

The cost of Blepharoplasty can vary depending on several factors, including the surgeon's experience and qualifications, geographic location, and the extent of the procedure itself. On average, Blepharoplasty costs around $4,950, but the range can fall anywhere between $1,865 and $12,149.

Generally, lower eyelid surgery is more expensive than upper eyelid surgery due to its complexity and potential need for general anesthesia. It's important to note that insurance typically does not cover this procedure for cosmetic purposes. However, if drooping eyelids (ptosis) are significantly impacting your vision, a portion of the cost may be covered by insurance.

Revitalize Your Eyes with Blepharoplasty Today

Call now to book a personalized Seattle eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Said.

Blepharoplasty FAQs

Eyelid surgery scars are usually hardly visible once healed. Dr. Said places the incisions within the natural folds around the eyes or in the lash line.

Absolutely. More than 257,000 male Blepharoplasty procedures took place in 2020.

Yes. Eye lifts and facelifts, brow lifts, neck lifts, cosmetic injectables, and laser skin resurfacing are some popular options.

There is no “best age” for this procedure. Any adult may be eligible for an eye lift if they are in good health.

Under-eye bagging usually does not return after Blepharoplasty unless the surgical technique was conservative or the operation took place many years ago. Some patients undergo a secondary Blepharoplasty later in life.

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