Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is a specialized cosmetic procedure designed to address telltale signs of aging that can affect the delicate eye area. When performed correctly by one of the best plastic surgeons Seattle patients can trust, like Dr. Ridgway, the procedure will rejuvenate your eyes – taking years off your appearance and ensuring that you look as young and vibrant as you feel.
Benefits of eyelid surgery
The eyes can betray your age in an instant. In fact, drooping eyelids, wrinkles and heavy bags can actually make you look older before your time. Fortunately, a Bellevue blepharoplasty can give you back your youthful appearance by:
- Elevating heavy and sagging eyelids.
- Improving the appearance of wrinkles, lines and crow’s feet.
- Eliminating heavy bags and fatty deposits underneath the eyes.
- Rediscovering your youthful and well-rested facial appearance.
An overview of eyelid surgery
To begin your Bellevue eyelid surgery, Dr. Ridgway will either administer IV sedation or general anesthesia. During your initial consultation, he will review the pros and cons of each option and help you determine which one is in your best interest.
For the actual procedure, Dr. Ridgway will start by operating on your upper eyelids. He will make a precise incision in your upper eyelid’s natural crease, which allows him to access the excess tissue while also ensuring that any scars are well-hidden. He will then remove unwanted fat and strengthen the underlying muscles, revealing open and more refreshed eyes. From there, Dr. Ridgway will work on your lower eyelids, creating an incision either inside the surface of your lower eyelid or below the lower lash line. Through that opening, he will eliminate unwanted fat to correct wrinkles, puffiness and excess volume in the lower eye area. Once he has rejuvenated and refreshed both your lower and upper eyelids, Dr. Ridgway will close the incisions with care to ensure any scars are discreet and your final outcome is exceptionally natural.
What to expect during recovery
Immediately after your procedure, you will be sent home to begin the healing process. During the initial recovery period, it’s normal to experience some pain, though Dr. Ridgway will make sure you have pain medication to help manage any discomfort. For the first few days, you will be advised to apply cold compresses and keep your head elevated to minimize bruising and swelling.
Though each patient is unique, most of our clients are ready to resume work and their normal daily routines within ten days. However, it’s important to continue to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for a full five weeks to ensure an optimal healing process. Once your recovery is complete, you can expect to see a bright, refreshed and youthful expression when you look in the mirror. And because Dr. Ridgway is committed to only using the most advanced surgical techniques, you can also expect your youthful results to endure for at least a decade.
Are you a candidate for eyelid surgery?
Dr. Ridgway is deeply committed to personalized patient care. As such, he determines candidacy for all of his patients on an individual basis, after carefully evaluating the cosmetic issues and signs of aging that concern them most. With that said, almost anyone who wants to refresh and rejuvenate aging eyes can be considered a candidate as long as they:
- Are a non-smoker and in good general health.
- Are without a life threatening illness, serious eye conditions or medical conditions that may impair healing.
- Possess realistic expectations for what eyelid surgery can accomplish.
Though these guidelines should give you an idea of who can benefit from among the best blepharoplasty Bellevue has to offer, the only way to know for sure if you are an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridgway today. During that appointment, he will walk you through the procedure and help you determine if it is in your best interest.
Schedule a consultation
If wrinkles, sagging skin and drooping eyelids are causing you to look older before your time, we encourage you to schedule a consultation for among the best eyelid surgery Bellevue has to offer with Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private meeting, he will carefully evaluate the signs of aging that concern you most, before composing a custom treatment plan designed to restore your vibrant and youthful facial appearance.Schedule a consultation