Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that lifts the eyelids, giving your eyes a younger-looking appearance. The eyelids can lose elasticity over time due to gravity, aging, and genetics causing wrinkles, creases, bulges, and droopiness in both the upper and lower eyelids. In some cases, this can even interfere with your vision. Blepharoplasty can correct all these problems.
What Can I Expect From Blepharoplasty?
The procedure is typically done in the doctor’s office. In some circumstances, you can choose to have the surgery performed in the hospital as opposed to a clinic. You can also choose between local or general anesthesia. You will discuss both of these options with your doctor during your preparations for the procedure.
During blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes small incisions among the natural creases of the eyelids. The skin is then separated from the underlying tissue. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are removed, and the incisions are closed. If you’re having surgery on the lower lid, the incision can be made under the eye or along the lash line. Your doctor will discuss these options and decide which technique is right for you.
Sutures will usually remain in place for up to a week, in order to let the eyes and skin heal from the surgery properly. You can expect some swelling and bruising around the eyes for one to two weeks. This can be remedied with ice packs. In addition, OTC pain medications can help relieve any pain or discomfort. You may also need to use eye drops or artificial tears for a period of time to keep your eyes lubricated.
What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty can correct the problems of wrinkles, sagging skin, droopy eyelids, and bulges from excess fat around the eyes. This surgery lifts the eyes, giving you a more youthful appearance. In some cases, these droopy eyelids can interfere with vision, making this more than just a cosmetic procedure. It can correct any sight issues caused by extra, sagging skin. A consultation with your doctor will help determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.