They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, but what if the shades are drawn and you can’t see in? If those sparkling eyes of yours are becoming increasingly hidden by drooping eyelids, the good news is that a quick-and-easy eyelid procedure can make them shine again.
At McHugh Plastic Surgery, Dr. Thomas McHugh has you covered from head to toe with a wide range of plastic surgery services. And near the top of your head are your eyes, which deserve to be the center of attention on your face, not eyelids that are making you look far older and more tired than you feel.
So, if you’d like to join the more than 325,000 Americans who opt for a blepharoplasty each year (in 2020, it was the number two plastic surgery behind nose jobs), read on.
What to expect during eyelid surgery
When you first sit down with Dr. McHugh, he reviews your eyes and your goals and comes up with the best surgical approach. A blepharoplasty can be done on both the upper and lower lids, or just one. In most cases, Dr. McHugh removes excess skin, redistributes or removes fatty deposits, and tightens the lids.
Using sedation or anesthesia, Dr. McHugh ensures that you don’t feel anything during your eyelid surgery. He also makes any incisions in the creases of your eyelids or near the lash lines so there’s no obvious scarring afterward.
What to expect after your eyelid surgery
We perform eyelid surgeries on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to return home the same day. That said, don’t expect to be camera ready for a week or two. The tissues around your eyes are very thin and sensitive, so you should expect some redness, bruising, and swelling.
Cold compresses can go a long way toward helping to minimize these side effects and help with any discomfort. Speaking of, you shouldn’t encounter too much pain after your eyelid surgery, and it’s certainly nothing that over-the-counter medications can’t easily handle.
Your wait is well worth it when, in about 10-14 days, you can go out and show off your sparkling eyes.
Before we finish, we want to add a final word about protecting the great results of your eyelid surgery. We suggest that you do what you can to shield your eyes from sun exposure in the future. While there may be nothing we can do about the passage of time, we can offset those forces that prematurely age us, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays top the list.
Aside from extra sun protection, there’s nothing more that you have to consider after your eyelid surgery. Simply enjoy your new (old) look.
To learn more about eyelid surgery or set up a consultation, please contact our office in The Woodlands, Texas.