As we grow older and our skin starts to lose its elasticity, excessive skin tends to collect on our eyelids, both upper and lower. The result is a drooping upper eyelid and a wrinkly lower eyelid that bulges due to fat not being held in place properly by the skin. Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, can be performed to correct these issues.
Blepharoplasty can be done on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is for improving one’s look and gaining a more youthful appearance. Functional blepharoplasty removes loose upper-eyelid skin that may be causing irritation or vision impairment due to the excessive folds.
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
For a sagging eyelid, the excess tissue in the eyelid region is removed or tightened as needed through a small incision in the eyelid. For an upper blepharoplasty, the incision is created on the natural line of the eyelid. For a lower blepharoplasty, an incision is made on the lash line or inside the lid.
Once the incision is created, fat may be removed or repositioned, skin may be trimmed away, and muscle tissue may be tightened. The incision is then closed.
Are You a Suitable Candidate?
If you are healthy and not suffering from various medical issues, blepharoplasty may be suitable for you. Whether you want the procedure for cosmetic or functional reasons, your facial plastic surgeon will study and determine what is causing the drooping eyelids and then explain the best way to lift them.
Before the procedure, you may go through a physical exam, a vision exam, and eyelid photography. If you’re on any medication that increases bleeding, you will be required to stop taking it prior to the surgery. This includes aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. Smokers will need to stop smoking for a period both before and after the surgery, as smoking reduces the body’s ability to heal.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
After a blepharoplasty, you will need to apply some antibiotic ointment on the skin. The sutures used to close the incision will dissolve on their own within a week’s time. If your surgeon has instead used non-dissolving sutures, your surgeon will call you back in a week after the procedure to have them removed.
To reduce the swelling and minimize the bruising, apply a cold compress for around 10 to 15 minutes each hour every day on the first day after surgery. You can reduce this down to 10 minutes every few hours on the second day. From the third day onwards, apply warm compresses to help in the healing process.
You may experience a little bit of discomfort during healing, but this is normal. Take the pain medication that your surgeon prescribes for you as directed. Bloodshot eyes are normal and temporary; the redness will subside as part of the healing of the eyelids.
Take care not to wear any makeup around the eyes during the healing process. If you wear contact lenses, let the swelling subside before you resume wearing them. Eyeglasses can be worn immediately after surgery as long as you are careful to not touch your eyes and the area around them when putting the glasses on and taking them off.
Eye patches are not usually required, but you can wear loose-fitting ones if you want to. However, if you’re stepping out into the sun, make sure you wear dark sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.
Schedule Your Consultation
Double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Bared is an excellent choice for your blepharoplasty surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation by contacting us today.