Eyelid Surgery

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What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the clinical term for eyelid surgery, which is done on one or both eyelids. The goal of this surgery with Dr. Watterson is to reverse the aging that is so prevalent in the eyelids and surrounding skin. In these procedures, Dr. Watterson removes excess skin and tightens the underlying muscles. Fat is generally preserved when possible, but in some cases may be removed. Bags below the lower eyelid are improved. Oftentimes, the lower eyelid ligament is tightened to enhance and protect the eye. Dr Watterson uses a special technique called “transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty” along with a skin pinch for removal of extra skin. This makes for a very safe and remarkable result.

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What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?

Most people say the first thing they notice when meeting someone for the first time is the person’s eyes. What are your eyes saying about you? Unfortunately, the skin on our eyelids and around our eyes is among the thinnest on the entire body. The eyelids can be hammered by sun damage and the general sagging that comes with aging. Saggy eyelids can make a person appear tired and much older.

Another benefit of eyelid surgery is that the results it delivers are subtle. People will think you somehow look younger and revitalized, but they’ll have no idea why or how you did it. That can be your little secret.

"I am 4 weeks out of surgery and absolutely delighted with the results. My eyes actually look far better than I expected and I love the results."- Source: RealSelf.

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Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

If you have extra skin on your upper eyelids, or baggy lower lids you’re probably a good candidate for this surgery. That’s especially true living in the high altitude and ample sunshine of Utah. Here we spend a good amount of time outdoors, and our eyes age more because of it.

Eyelid surgery is also becoming more popular with men because aging on the eyes shows no preference to one gender over the other. Men feel the need to have the procedure to keep up with younger counterparts at the office.

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What is the success rate for eyelid surgery?

Young female model with surgical lines on her eyelidsWhen the yearly cosmetic surgery statistics come out, eyelid surgery is among the top three procedures every year. That’s because these are very effective, safe surgeries that deliver excellent results. Nationwide, patient satisfaction with eyelid surgery consistently registers over 93 percent, making it one of the most successful cosmetic surgery procedures. As for our patients, Dr. Watterson has the training, expertise, experience, and board certification that ensures our patients will love their eyes after blepharoplasty.

Will my eyelids look the same after surgery?

They will look the same as they did about a decade ago because this surgery takes about that amount of time off the age of your eyes and your entire upper face. Your eyelids will look natural and will sit just as they did before, but the sagging, loose skin will be gone. Muscles will be a little tighter, and fatty areas won’t be nearly as noticeable. These surgeries don’t make you look different — they simply make you look younger, more alert, and refreshed.

One very positive aspect of eyelid surgery with Dr. Watterson is that, unless you tell them, friends and co-workers won’t have any idea that you’ve had this procedure. Results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle.

Are there any visible scars after blepharoplasty?

Dr. Watterson makes the incision for the upper eyelid in the natural crease. This makes it virtually invisible. This is particularly true because eyelid skin is very thing and makes for wonderful, fine line scars. For the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the eyelash or sometimes it can be made on inside of the eyelid. Neither location leaves a noticeable scar.

"I underwent upper lid blepharoplasty at the gentle hands of Dr. Watterson. There was minimal pain, no scarring, and my eyes look amazing. I look and feel refreshed and awake. Thank you Dr. Watterson for restoring my youthful eyes and my confidence! Source: RealSelf

How soon after my eyelid surgery will I see my results?

Young female modely with curly hairYour results are immediate and permanent, as you would expect. But you will have some swelling for the first few days, so you won’t be able to appreciate your final results immediately. But, after a week or so, you’ll see the difference. From there, you will have some residual swelling, but this resolves pretty quickly. At that point, you’ll enjoy your new younger eyes.

Can I have eyelid surgery if I had PRK or LASIK surgery?

Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea to correct for refractive errors in the patient’s vision. These procedures have nothing to do with the eyelids or the structures controlling the eyelids.

The one requirement is that you wait at least six months after your LASIK or PRK procedure to have eyelid surgery with Dr. Watterson. That gives your eyes ample time to fully heal from the laser surgery.

How long will my results last?

While the changes made in your surgery with Dr. Watterson are permanent, of course they won’t stop the march of time. Your eyes will continue to age, and tissues will sag to a degree. But they will begin aging from a much younger starting point. The excess skin and fat that are removed will deliver results that last the rest of your life.

What are the risks with eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries every year because it delivers great results and the risks are very low. Still, there are the usual risks with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. Specific to this surgery, risks involve injury to the eye muscles, difficulty closing your eyelids, and potential dry eye. These are all very rare; this is an effective, safe procedure.

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