Getting enough rest to keep up with your full, busy life can be a challenge in itself. But even when you get all the sleep you need, it may not be enough to keep you looking healthy and refreshed. Baggy and sagging skin under your eyes can keep you looking tired even when you’re not, and that’s when lower eyelid surgery can make all the difference.
At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Roberto Garcia specializes in helping your face look its best. Often, that can include utilizing his extensive skills in restoring the appearance of patients’ lower eyelids to rejuvenate their appearance and help them feel their best. He and his expert team at his clinic in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will take the time to understand your condition and lifestyle, and help you find the solution you need to look as young and healthy as you feel.
Operations to correct degradation in the lower eyelid (also known as “lower blepharoplasty”) is a cosmetic surgery technique aimed at restoring the appearance of the skin and tissue below the eye. Skin can lose its resilience as it ages, making it difficult or impossible for bags or saggy skin to go away on its own.
Further, underlying tissue and fat deposits can move or change shape, adding to a tired, worn look. Lower eyelid surgery corrects these negative changes in your appearance by strategically repositioning tissue and removing excess skin. This creates a smoother, natural aesthetic that more closely fits the rested youthful ideal.
Concerns with the look of the area beneath the eyes are common. Many people seek lower eyelid blepharoplasty to address these issues and reclaim their youthful appearance. Common complaints include:
Your consultation with Dr. Garcia will include an in-depth discussion of your current condition and the concerns you have with your appearance. He will thoroughly assess the state of your skin and tissues and how they may be alleviated with the surgery. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before designing your personalized treatment plan. Ultimately, Dr. Garcia wants you to feel informed and comfortable during every step of your process together.
Ideal candidates for this treatment are in good health overall and don’t have any medical conditions that can interfere with the healing process. Some of these are things like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Additionally, be sure to let Dr. Garcia know if you are on any medications or supplements that can increase the chance of bleeding. It is also important that candidates have a solid understanding of the procedure and what can and cannot be accomplished through it. Having realistic expectations for the outcome can make a significant difference in a patient’s satisfaction with their results.
Your lower eyelid surgery will follow your customized treatment plan, so the exact procedure may vary. Dr. Garcia uses local anesthetic for standalone lower eyelid procedures.
If it is part of a facelift, your lower eyelid operation will be performed using general anesthesia, so you should plan to have a friend or family member available to take you home once your treatment is complete. After the anesthetic has been administered, Dr. Garcia will make an incision along the natural creases and folds of your eyelid so that any scars that form are well hidden. He will then reposition or remove underlying tissues and fat to properly shape your under-eye area. Excess skin is removed and the incision is closed.
Your recovery process begins immediately following the completion of your lower eyelid surgery. Before your operation, Dr. Garcia will provide you with any prescriptions you may need along with detailed instructions for caring for your body as it heals. Similar preparations will be made for follow-up evaluations. You should expect tenderness, swelling, and bruising during the first week. Medication can be used to reduce discomfort, while ice packs and maintaining your head in an elevated position can help reduce swelling. Most patients can return to their normal activities by two weeks but should refrain from rigorous exercise until four weeks of healing. You can expect to feel completely recovered after about a month.
All surgeries carry a risk of potential complications. While lower eyelid surgery is very safe and complications are rare, it is no exception. Some of the possible side effects include:
Before your surgery, Dr. Garcia will outline all the potential risks so you will feel informed and confident going into your procedure.
Other treatments can provide some of the benefits of lower eyelids surgery. However, their results will not be as extensive or long-lasting as is possible with surgery. Some of the alternative treatments are:
During your consultation, you and Dr. Garcia will discuss your condition and determine whether surgery or a less invasive option is the right course of action for you.
The expense of lower eyelid surgery varies but typically ranges between $800 and $5,000. The cost of your procedure will be influenced by several factors, including the scope of your treatment plan and whether or not any additional procedures are necessary.
When you’re ready to reclaim your rested, healthy look, Dr. Roberto Garcia can help make it happen. You can schedule your appointment at his clinic near Jacksonville, Florida, by clicking here. We are excited to meet you and help you along on your journey to looking and living your absolute best!
Under the direction of visionary double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery offers the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in a relaxed and serene setting. Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation today to get the first glimpse of your future self.
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