Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can improve your appearance, make you look younger, and sometimes even make it easier to see. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure and find out what you can expect.
Who can benefit from blepharoplasty?
As you get older your skin gets looser which can result in drooping skin and bagginess around your eyes. The following people may want to consider blepharoplasty as a solution to this common problem:
• People who have bags underneath their eyes
• People who have sagging skin on the upper eyelid
• People who think their eyelids are making them look old, tired, or stressed
• People who’ve noticed that sagging skin has started to interfere with their vision
While this procedure can help your eyes to appear younger and your skin to appear smoother, patients concerned about crows feet or furrowed brows may want to ask about getting Botox treatments in addition to blepharoplasty.
- Upper Blepharoplasty
Upper blepharoplasty is performed on the upper eyelid. A very small incision is made in the skin and fat and excess tissue is removed. Then a very fine stitch is used to create a natural looking eyelid crease.
- Lower Blepharoplasty
Lower blepharoplasty involves making incisions inside the eyelid or directly below the lashline, depending on what is best for the patient. If the incision is made inside the eyelid, it is referred to as a transconjunctival incision and dissolving sutures will be used. In some cases, fat is added during this procedure to prevent the area underneath the eye from appearing hollowed.
What is recovery like?
Most patients return to work and other normal activities 7-10 days after the surgery. You can help to improve the healing process by carefully following the recommendations given by your doctor. In most cases, you’ll be advised to keep your head elevated, use eye drops to prevent itchiness and dryness, and to use a cold compress to minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
If you’d like to learn more about how blepharoplasty can improve your appearance and your vision, schedule a consultation at The Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center.