Eyelid Surgery Charleston

What Eyelid Surgery Treats

Next to breast augmentation and nasal reshaping, eyelid surgery (clinically referred to as blepharoplasty) is America’s most popular plastic surgery procedure. Droopy eyelids can impair vision, while puffiness and bags under the eyes can be unattractive. Blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess fatty deposits — usually along with excess skin — from the upper and/or lower eyelids. A tighter, more defined eyelid will refresh your facial appearance and make you look more alert and well-rested.

Eyelid Surgery Candidates

Dr. Terranova will determine whether you are a suitable eyelid surgery candidate during a surgical consultation. He will perform a physical examination to look at your eyelids and the quality of your skin. Dr. Terranova will ask you to identify what you don’t like about your eye area, and to describe your ideal cosmetic outcome.

In general, eyelid surgery candidates include individuals who:

  • Are in good health
  • Do not smoke, or plan to quit at least two weeks prior to and after surgery
  • Do not have any eye conditions (e.g., uncontrolled glaucoma or dry eye) that could impair recovery
  • Have realistic expectations of surgery (for example, desire cosmetic improvement and not perfection)
  • Are aware of all of the potential surgical risks

After deciding that you are an appropriate candidate for surgery, Dr. Terranova will discuss the surgical approach he plans to take with your case to produce your desired outcome safely and effectively.

The Surgical Procedure

You will receive anesthetic and sedation medications prior to eyelid surgery, so you will remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Surgery usually lasts one to two hours. Dr. Terranova will make the surgical incisions in inconspicuous areas to prevent visible post-operative scarring.

If Dr. Terranova is treating the upper eyelids, he will start by making incisions hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extending slightly beyond the outer edge of the lid and into the existing creases or lines. He will remove excess fatty tissue and skin, and tighten the muscle. He will then re-drape the skin more tightly over the lid and finish by closing the incision with sutures.

If Dr. Terranova is treating the lower eyelids, he makes the surgical incision just below the lower lash line. He will remove excess fatty tissue and skin, tighten the muscles and redistribute fat to correct puffiness or “bags” underneath the eyes. Sometimes the procedure can be performed through an incision on the inside of the lid, avoiding an external scar. When he is finished making the necessary modifications, Dr. Terranova closes the incisions with sutures.

Recovering from Eyelid Surgery

Your eye area may feel tight or tender after surgery, and you will likely have some swelling and bruising. These symptoms will gradually resolve, sometimes in as little as one week. After a week, you can start wearing makeup to conceal any residual bruising.

We advise our eyelid surgery patients to keep their heads elevated as much as possible during their initial recovery period to reduce post-operative swelling. You should also avoid any strenuous activity, bending and lifting.

If you feel pain or discomfort during the recovery period, Dr. Terranova can prescribe oral medication, and provide eye drops to relieve burning or itching. Dark sunglasses will help protect your eyes from sun or wind irritation.

It’s important to remember that every patient recovers at their own pace. You should plan to take one or two weeks off from work to recover, but don’t set unreasonable expectations for your recovery or rush yourself to return to your normal routine. Let your body dictate what you can and cannot do.

Typical Results of Eyelid Surgery

After making a full recovery from eyelid surgery, you can expect a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Your eye area will look more alert and rested. You will not have dark bags or undereye circles, and your upper eyelids won’t sag. Dr. Terranova is careful to avoid over-correcting the area (he wants you to maintain your unique features and expressions), but you will look younger and happier.

Complementary Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

If you are interested in refining other areas of your face with a brow lift or facelift, Dr. Terranova encourages you to discuss this with him during your consultation. He can recommend another surgical or non-surgical procedure to complement the results of your eyelid surgery.

Schedule an Eyelid Surgery Consultation

Are you looking for an eyelid surgeon in Charleston? Dr. William Terranova would be pleased to meet you during a one-on-one consultation. Please contact our office by calling (877) 737-7182 or (843) 797-0440 or by sending us an email.