Blepharoplasty/ Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a wonderful and surprisingly easy way to look more awake, inviting and relaxed with a minimal amount of downtime. The procedure can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both at the same time. It can also add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes.
Blepharoplasty is a corrective procedure that eliminates the “bags” under the eyes, remove excess wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Blepharoplasty:
- Tired looking eyes, droopy upper eyelids, bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- Undereye puffiness due to inherited factors.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce wrinkles. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician’s office.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Minor pain associated with surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.