The lower eyelids can play a significant role in how you look to those around you. Bags under your eyes can make you look tired while sagging and wrinkles beneath the eyes can make you look older than you are. If you are experiencing any of these concerns, Dr. Vargason specializes in treating the lower eyelids. Lower eyelid surgery in Boise is one of her practice's focuses, and she consistently provides natural-looking results. 

What Is Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery is a procedure that is designed to improve puffy bags and sagging skin beneath the eye, which can make you appear older, sad, or tired. Dr. Vargason can use lower eyelid surgery to help reduce bags beneath the eyes, wrinkles, reduce loose skin and excess fat, and correct lower eyelids that show white beneath the iris. 

Who Is a Candidate?

If you are unhappy with your lower eyelids, you may be a candidate for lower eyelid surgery in Boise. Your first step is a consultation with Dr. Vargason. During your consultation, she will discuss your areas of concern and review your medical history. If she feels as though you are a candidate, she will determine which surgical technique will be best to improve your lower eyelids. She will also evaluate the areas surrounding your eyes to recommend additional procedures that can complement your results. 

Benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery 

  • Redrape or reposition fat that has shifted over time
  • Improve the appearance of undereye bags and dark circles
  • Smooth wrinkles and creases beneath the eyes
  • Fewer misunderstandings due to sagging lower eyelids
  • Eyes look more youthful, as the lower eyelids are no longer weighted down
  • Lower eyelid surgery comes with minimal scarring, as incisions are hidden under the lash line

Why Choose Dr. Vargason?

Dr. Caroline Vargason is a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon who specializes in treating the areas around the eyes. Eyelids are her specialty, having performed over 5,000 procedures and continuing to perform them weekly.

When working with patients on their eyelids, she customizes her technique to match each patient's unique anatomy and makes many small, meticulous decisions to customize each procedure. Her surgical technique is designed to preserve volume, provide long-lasting results, and leave minimal scarring. When operating near the eyes, safety is always a concern. Dr. Vargason is highly trained in ensuring your vision is protected, and your eyes remain safe throughout the procedure.

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Your Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Your lower blepharoplasty in Boise will take about 1-2 hours to perform. Depending on your preference, you may be able to use local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The exact steps of the procedure will vary depending on your goals, anatomy, and technique used by Dr. Vargason. She will create an incision along the lower eyelid during the procedure. The exact placement will be determined before surgery and will be in a location where any potential scars will be well-concealed. The most common areas for an incision are near the lower lashes in a natural crease.

Through the incision, she will remove excess skin and fat from the area. She may additionally reposition some fat to create a more balanced appearance. Skin and muscles beneath the eyes can be tightened or portions removed as needed. After this is complete, your incisions will be closed, and you will be able to begin your recovery.

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Different Types of Blepharoplasty

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

If excess fat beneath the eyes is your primary concern, the fat will be repositioned and used as a natural filler to smooth the lower eyelid. This is done through an incision placed inside the lower eyelid. 

Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty

If you have excess skin and fat beneath the eyes, these can both be addressed. These changes are often due to aging changes around the eyelids. The fat will be repositioned and used as a natural filler to hide shadows. The skin and muscle will be tightened to smooth the lower eyelid. This is done through an incision just below the lower eyelashes.

“Dr. Vargason is awesome! Her personality is sweet, caring, friendly, and professional. She communicates information very well and will answer all questions and concerns. Her high level of skill has given me my vision back better than I could have hoped for and I will be forever grateful for her caring surgical skills. I would highly recommend her and will return if I need assistance in the future.”

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Risks Associated with Lower Eyelid Surgery 

Most surgical procedures include some form of risk, and lower eyelid surgery is no exception. With incisions, there is always the risk of issues during the healing process. Dr. Vargason will offer you a comprehensive recovery guide to ensure you remain safe and will be available to answer any questions. 

Vision Loss and Lower Eyelid Surgery

With surgery near the eyes, you may be concerned about your vision. While the risk for vision loss is present, it has a 1 in 20,000 chance of occurring and has never happened during a surgery Dr. Vargason has performed. Dr. Vargason is a highly experienced surgeon and takes numerous steps to mitigate any potential risks involved in your procedure. 

Your Recovery

After your surgery, you may wish to take one to two weeks off work. Most patients can return to work after one week but may appear bruised. Due to gravity, bruising may appear throughout the face and can even appear down to the jawline. This will resolve on its own after two weeks. For the first few days following surgery, you should rest and use a cold compress on the area. After this, you can begin to do light activities.

Dr. Vargason will provide you with an antibiotic ointment to use on your stitches and inside your eyes, which can make your vision blurry. You will return to Dr. Vargason’s office one week after surgery to have your stitches removed and ensure you are healing well. After this appointment, you can resume most normal activities.

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Lower Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Are there follow-up appointments after the surgery?

Are there procedures that can complement my lower eyelid surgery?

I have excess fat beneath my eyes. Can lower eyelid surgery address that?

Are there follow-up appointments after the surgery?

Yes. Dr. Vargason will see you one week after surgery, then one month later, and finally six months after that.

Are there procedures that can complement my lower eyelid surgery?

Yes. Dr. Vargason can examine your features and discuss your options during your consultation. Some of the most common surgeries include brow lift and upper eyelid surgery.

I have excess fat beneath my eyes. Can lower eyelid surgery address that?

Yes. Dr. Vargason can perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty that addresses excess fat beneath the eyes.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your lower eyelids, you may be a candidate for this procedure. Dr. Vargason is a highly-skilled oculofacial plastic surgeon who performs lower eyelid surgery in Boise. If you are interested in the procedure, contact her today to schedule your consultation.

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