Refresh and rejuvenate with Blepharoplasty

Signs of aging around the eye can begin as early as the mid-thirties. Excess skin around the eyes, fat accumulation, wrinkling, crepiness, and loss of skin elasticity are common. These aging changes may also make someone tired or sad, creating a mismatch between one’s external appearance and how one truly feels. Blepharoplasty in Columbia, SC, or eyelid surgery, is a common facial plastic procedure performed to refresh and rejuvenate the eyes and surrounding area. It is one of the most impactful procedures, yet it does not change the individual's identity. Eyelid surgery, or eyelid lift, is often referred to as one of the most valuable tools in facial rejuvenation, with relatively little downtime and results that are incredibly satisfying to both the patient and surgeon alike. 

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Your private blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Moses

When you meet with Dr. Moses for your private consultation, she will discuss your goals, review your medical history, and tell you more about the blepharoplasty procedure so you have a clear idea of what can be addressed and what to expect during and after the procedure. 

It is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions or address specific concerns you may have regarding the process. If there are procedures you are interested in, let Dr. Moses know. She may recommend they be performed concurrently.

Your blepharoplasty surgical appointment in Columbia, SC

The blepharoplasty surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. It is typically performed under local anesthesia, though we seek to tailor this to each patient’s unique needs and any other treatments that may be performed in conjunction.

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The blepharoplasty procedure

Blepharoplasty is performed on either the upper and lower eyelids, or both in combination. Excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed or redistributed during this procedure to refresh and rejuvenate the eyes and surrounding area. 

Since the incisions are made along the eyelid crease, any potential scarring can remain hidden. It can be very effective for addressing drooping eyelid skin and undereye bags.

Blepharoplasty at Palmetto Facial Plastics

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Recovery after a blepharoplasty

When Columbia, SC blepharoplasty at Palmetto Facial Plastics is complete, you can spend some time in our recovery room, where we will monitor you before sending you home the same day. You will also receive instructions on how to care for yourself during your recovery period, which are provided at your pre-operative visit as well as reviewed in detail on the day of the procedure.

After your surgery, you may experience some discomfort or temporary irritation of the eye. A cold compress during the first 72 hours will help to provide some relief. Most patients feel ready to return to work within a few days, though this greatly depends on the type of work you do, your comfort level professionally and/or socially, and the level of physical activity it involves. 

1 to 2 days after surgery:

Often patients will return for a post-operative visit the day after surgery. This is an opportunity to check in, ensure you are doing well, review how to care for the incisions, and answer any questions. Starting the day after surgery, you are able to get the eyes and eyelids wet, just using caution to not submerge the incisions. Patients often will also continue to use ice through the first 48 hours and keep your head elevated on 1-2 pillows for one week to minimize swelling and bruising. 

3 to 7 days after surgery:

Continue to clean the incisions as instructed. Any irritation is readily managed with rewetting eye drops which are provided as well as lubricating ointment to help minimize any discomfort.

A week after surgery:

Dr. Moses will remove your stitches, and you can resume your skincare routine.

2 weeks after surgery:

Assuming the healing process went as planned and you did not encounter any complications, you can begin using makeup again. Physical activity is often resumed fully at this point, but the final discretion remains on an individual basis. 

4 to 6 weeks after surgery:

Although the results of your blepharoplasty will be noticeable early on, you can truly enjoy the final results 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery.

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Follow-up care for blepharoplasty

Dr. Moses is committed to the satisfaction of her patients, so you can expect to have follow-up appointments scheduled to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have throughout the healing process. 

You’ll also receive complete care instructions to take home with you. Information includes:

  • Avoid engaging in strenuous activities
  • Do not wear contact lenses
  • Get as much rest as possible
  • Rest with your head elevated
  • Use your pain medication as prescribed

Blepharoplasty Results

With Dr. Moses in charge of your care, the results of your blepharoplasty in Columbia, SC, will look natural and subtle but effective. Your eyes will look youthful, rested, and refreshed, but no one will know that you have had any work done. Moreover, because blepharoplasty is an invasive procedure, your results could last a lifetime if you follow Dr. Moses’s instructions and lead a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Staying hydrated
  • Keeping your body nourished with a vitamin and mineral-rich diet 

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Blepharoplasty vs. other treatments

BOTOX & Dysport

BOTOX & Dysport are injectable treatments that can minimize lines and wrinkles by relaxing the underlying facial muscles to treat crow’s feet. These neuromodulators may also be used in such a way as to lift the brows and open the eyes

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are another noninvasive option. They can be injected in various facial areas to smooth away the years.

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Combination face rejuvenation treatments

To fully refresh and rejuvenate the natural beauty of your face, there are many other treatments and procedures your blepharoplasty may be combined with, including:

You can discuss with Dr. Moses what other areas you may want to address or treat during your initial consultation, and she will develop a complete treatment plan for you that can help achieve your aesthetic goals.

The team at Palmetto Facial Plastics in Columbia, SC, is here for you

Dr. Helen Moses is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician with extensive experience in both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. Whether you undergo custom eyelid surgery or a noninvasive treatment designed to lift and tighten the facial skin, you can expect her to provide the highest level of personalized service and care.

Our team knows how important this journey is for you, so we pay exceptional attention to detail and are dedicated to delivering the most positive patient experience. Most of all, we understand that our patients still want to look and feel like themselves, which is why Dr. Moses is known for producing results that genuinely enhance without looking “done.” Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing your younger self looking back!

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