What is Eye Rejuvenation?
Eye rejuvenation is a combination of both surgical and non-surgical procedures used to correct common aging symptoms such as sagging upper eye lids, bags under the eyes, dark circles, wrinkles (crow’s feet), and other unwanted affects of aging. Surgical procedures include eyelid surgery (upper and lower blepharoplasty) and brow lift surgery. Non-surgical solutions typically use injectables, such as Botox, Juvederm, and other fillers and neurotoxins.
What to Expect
Here at Head & Neck Specialties, we want you to be educated on the right procedure for you. During our initial consultation, we will discuss your goals for your appearance. If we determine that eye rejuvenation is one of those goals, we will match you with the right procedures to accomplish your goals. Below we have included some basic information on each of the eye rejuvenation procedures:
Eyelid Surgery (Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty)
The most common surgical procedure for eye rejuvenation is the blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), which is used to remove excess tissue on the upper and lower eyelid, which corrects sagging upper eyelids and bagging lower eyelids. Each procedure starts with marking the correct contour of the eye. Anesthesia is then administered to make you comfortable during the procedure. Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia can be used and the doctor will discuss the best option with you. An incision is then made along the contour line. The plastic surgeon then reshapes the volume and removes any excess skin and tissue. The incision is closed up and the recovery process begins.
This procedure removes excess skin in the forehead that causes your eyebrows to sag. You can find more info on this procedure on our facial rejuvenation page.
Injectables (Botox, Juvederm, etc.)
Injectables are a non-surgical solution for eye rejuvenation. Botox is a neurotoxin that helps reduce wrinkles around the eye, such as crow’s feet. Juvederm is a filler, which can be used to treat dark circles around the eye and reshape sunken eyes. More info on these procedures can be found on our injectables page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have provided a downloadable document outlining all the post-operative instructions for eyelid surgery. You can download it on our patient downloads page or following this link to our Eyelid Surgery Post-Operative Instructions.
Each type of procedure has different estimates for results. For example, a blepharoplasty typically is only performed once in a lifetime as the results last a long time. Fillers and injectables, however, typically last 6 to 9 months, at which time the patient would need to return for another round of treatment.
In most cases, yes. It is actually beneficial to overlap these procedures as they can share recovery time. Consult with our doctors on the best course of treatment.
A blepharoplasty typically lasts between 45 and 90 minutes depending on how many eyes are being treated and the severity of symptoms being corrected.
The eyelid surgery itself, will remove the excess skin and tissue that causes the upper lid to sag and the bottom lid to bag. The best way to remove wrinkles around the eye, would be a combination of the eyelid surgery and injectables, which would help either relax the muscles or fill out the volume directly at the place of the wrinkle.