Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty in Portland
- When will the results of eyelid surgery be visible?
- Can I have my upper and lower eyelids corrected at the same time?
- How much does eyelid surgery cost?
- How much time do I need to take off work for recovery?
- When can I start working out again?
Dr. DeMars has helped numerous patients throughout the greater Portland area rejuvenate their facial appearance by providing them with blepharoplasty surgery. Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is an amazing procedure that involves only one area of the face but provides a remarkable revitalizing effect. Often, eyelid surgery is all that Dr. DeMars’ patients need to turn back the hands of time and look years younger. This is one big reason that eyelid surgery is on the rise.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
Eyelid surgery may be appropriate if you have excess skin, tissue and/or fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. This skin may obscure the natural folds of the eyelid or sag into the line of sight.
If you are concerned about these issues, Dr. DeMars encourages you to meet with him for a consultation to discuss eyelid surgery.
The Eyelid Surgery Consultation
During your eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. DeMars will examine your eyelids and ask you to identify what bothers you. He may also ask you questions about your medical history and health status to determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Then, Dr. DeMars will review the eyelid surgery procedure in more detail and explain how he plans to approach your case. He will explain what is realistic to expect during the recovery and afterward.
After setting a date for surgery, you will receive comprehensive instructions on how to prepare and what to expect on the day of surgery. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure.
Details of the Procedure
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with anesthesia and sedation medications. The procedural details vary slightly, according to whether Dr. DeMars is treating the upper lids, the lower lids or both.
To treat loose, saggy skin on the upper eyelids, Dr. DeMars makes an incision within the natural fold of the upper eyelid. Through the incision, he will remove excess tissue, muscle and fat. He will tighten the remaining tissue and redistribute fat. He may make additional adjustments to correct muscle laxity.
To treat puffy lower eyelids, Dr. DeMars makes an incision hidden just below the lower lashes. He will remove tissue and fat, and redistribute fat to eliminate puffiness or under-eye bulges. He may also tighten the muscles.
When Dr. DeMars is finished making the necessary surgical modifications, he will close the incisions with fine sutures.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
You will receive detailed aftercare instructions that you should follow closely as you recover.
It’s important to rest your eyes as they heal. Bruising, swelling, tearing, sensitivity to light and double vision are common but temporary side effects. Cold compresses or ice packs will reduce swelling. Dr. DeMars will prescribe pain medication to take if you experience any discomfort.
You will return to Dr. DeMars’ office for several follow-up visits. He will remove the sutures, check your healing progress and advise when to resume work, exercise and other everyday activities.
Learn More about Eyelid Surgery
While blepharoplasty can provide an extraordinary rejuvenating effect, some patients require more comprehensive surgical treatment to achieve the best results. For example, patients often undergo eyelid surgery in conjunction with facelift and/or cheek lift to achieve a refreshed facial appearance. To learn more about these options, please call Dr. DeMars at 503-253-3458.
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Eyelid Surgery FAQs
When will the results of eyelid surgery be visible?
Initially, post-operative swelling and bruising will conceal the results of eyelid surgery. As these side effects resolve, the eyelids begin to look tighter and more youthful. Most patients see initial results several weeks after their operation, with results continuing to improve up to six months after surgery.
Can I have my upper and lower eyelids corrected at the same time?
Yes, Dr. DeMars can treat your upper and lower eyelids simultaneously. This approach actually saves time (and some money!). By treating the upper and lower eyelids at the same time, the lids will maintain a balanced appearance.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs can vary widely, depending on several factors, including the problem being treated and the techniques used. In general, the more comprehensive your needs, the more you can expect to pay. For a personalized cost estimate, please schedule a consultation with Dr. DeMars to discuss your case.
How much time do I need to take off work for recovery?
Recovery times vary by patient (everyone’s body heals at a different pace). Generally, Dr. DeMars’ eyelid surgery patients take about a week off from work. Some are able to return sooner and others need a little more time.
When can I start working out again?
Dr. DeMars will let you know when you can resume exercise after eyelid surgery. Most patients return to the gym after two weeks, but keep in mind there is no rush. Straining your body too soon after surgery could cause a post-operative complication.