Dark circles and puffy eyes do not help matters. Wisdom comes with age. It’s time you learn about blepharoplasty — a 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.
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.
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.
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The Blepharoplasty Consultation
During your consultation for blepharoplasty Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Hakim Said meets with you one on one to discuss the procedure. He listens to your eyelid concerns and examines 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 customized 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!
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 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 of Seattle blepharoplasty, allowing his patients to see better, rejuvenate their appearance, or both.
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 ask your physician before using NSAID pain medication and 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!
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 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.
Call now to book a personalized Seattle eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Said.
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.