Blepharoplasty, also commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an eyelift, is a cosmetic surgery that provides anti-aging benefits by removing sagging skin and eliminating dark under-eye circles. Even better, blepharoplasty involves minimal pain and a short recovery time.
Blepharoplasty: The Basics
Ideally, blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery or an “eye lift,” corrects the “bags” under your eyes as well as any droopy skin under your eyebrows, both of which occur naturally as a result of the aging process, as the skin loosens and excess fat and muscle builds under the eye; however, excess skin around the eyes can be present at birth.
Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Traditionally, blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery, meaning it is done to enhance the aesthetics of the body. Because of this, anyone who feels self-conscious about how the skin around their eyes looks might be motivated to consider scheduling this procedure.
In addition to being cosmetic, blepharoplasty can sometimes be considered a reconstructive surgery. This is because sometimes the skin droops so low onto the eyelid making it difficult to open the eye fully, resulting in obscured vision. In these cases, eyelid surgery is an ideal and necessary procedure.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Before the eyelid surgery, you will have a consultation to discuss with your plastic surgeon your desired results. From there, your surgeon will evaluate the tissue around your eyes and plan the procedure.
As with any medical procedure, it is critical that you disclose any medications you are taking before your blepharoplasty in order to avoid complications, enhance your results, and ensure a smooth recovery process.
You can expect your surgeon to make a small incision in the upper or lower eyelid to remove the extra fat and muscle in the area. In some cases, those tissues will be moved to a different part of the eye in order to bulk up or highlight that area for improved appearance overall.
The recovery process for blepharoplasty is easy with many patients reporting minimal pain after the first day. Any lingering discomfort should subside after about three days, along with the tight or sore feeling around the stitches. After about 10-14 days very little bruising or swelling should remain.
Like any other surgery, there is some scarring that is left behind during the healing process. If the surgery is given to the upper eye, the scars are almost unseen. The first 3-6 months after surgery are critical for scar care in order to make it as not noticeable as possible. You can do this by:
- Keeping the area clean and dry
- Stick to a strict icing schedule
- Avoid strenuous activities for at least a week post surgery
- Apply a scar cream after the sutures are removed
By taking care of the surgery site, can aid in getting the best result possible!
Blepharoplasty is a great option for anyone eager to improve the appearance around their eyes. If you envision a more youthful look for yourself, contact us to schedule a consultation for your blepharoplasty.