Do you notice that, no matter how rested and energetic you feel, the mirror shows a tired, sad, or worn-out face? Eyelid surgery might be something you have been considering because of bags, drooping, or creases around the eyes. You will need an experienced and trustworthy surgeon to perform a procedure in this crucial area of the face. Call Dr. Yoho today, and make an appointment for a free consultation at his Visalia office, which serves the areas of Fresno and Bakersfield.
Cosmetic procedures on the eyelids can be done in a variety of ways. It is necessary to have a thorough consultation before deciding on your procedure. You might need to have surgery done on the upper lid or the lower lid. You also might want to combine your surgery with a brow lift or with laser resurfacing to achieve the maximum benefit. These procedures, or any combination of them, need to be carefully customized to give you dramatic results that don’t have that overly “surgical” frozen look. The ideal result is a smoother appearance around the eyes that looks fresh, bright, and rested.
Dr. Yoho will design a surgical approach that is tailored to your wishes and concerns. For the upper lids, the most common request is a fix for skin laxity, or drooping lids. This can be the result of genetics or age (or both). If you have severe drooping, to the point where your vision is impaired or the lashes are pushed down, touching the surface of the eye, inquire about whether your insurance might cover your procedure, because this can qualify as a covered medical issue. Most people simply want to address the aging effects of creases and drooping skin. To tighten the skin of the upper lid, an incision can be made in the crease, so that the tiny amount of scarring will be hidden in the fold of the eye. If a brow lift is a good option for you, the lift should probably be done at the same time—discuss this with Dr. Yoho during your consultation.
A different approach is taken to lift the lower lid. Incisions used to be made just under the lash line, but now a laser incision is made inside the lid. Fat pads can be removed through this incision, which does not need stitches. Sometimes excess skin is removed by making a small incision on the outside of the eye, which will then be closed with tiny stitches. In addition to (or, in some cases, instead of) surgery, laser resurfacing can be used to shrink and smooth the lid. This is essentially a laser peel on the lids, and recovery is similar to peels done on the rest of the face.
Some bruising can be expected after surgery, and discoloration can take weeks or months to go away completely. Patients can cover the redness with makeup after a week or two. Despite the thinness and delicacy of the eyelid skin, healing is usually smooth and fairly rapid, and patients do not experience too much discomfort. Dr. Yoho will tell you during your consultation just what you can expect during the whole process of creating your new look. If you live in the vicinity of Fresno, Visalia, or Bakersfield, call us and start learning about what you can gain with eyelid surgery.