The eyes are one of the most prominent facial features. As a result of the aging process or genetic predisposition, a number of people have droopy eyelids that make them look constantly tired. If you look constantly tired because of your drooping eyelids, then you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is an invasive cosmetic procedure in which drooping eyelids are lifted in order to open up the eyes more. This in turn enhances the facial appearance and makes a person look less fatigued. The procedure is also used to remove the bags that form below the lower eyelids.
Not only does blepharoplasty improve aesthetics, it is also known to improve sight in people whose drooping eyelids have started to affect their vision. In these cases, it is considered a functional procedure, meaning part of it may be covered by health insurance.
Eyelids droop due to aging and the effects of gravity. As a person ages, the skin starts to lose its elasticity. Combined with the effects of gravity, the skin starts to sag and excess skin appears on the upper and lower eyelids.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed on adults above 35 years of age, though it can also be performed on younger patients.
Prior to the Procedure
Prior to eyelid surgery, your surgeon will discuss the procedure with you. Make sure to have realistic expectations and discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon so that he can choose the techniques that will be used in your surgery.
Make sure to discuss any drug allergies with your surgeon. You will be asked to refrain from smoking and taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen before and after your surgery. Blood thinners may cause complications during the surgery and during the healing process.
The Details of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty surgery can last anywhere between two to three hours depending upon the complexity of the procedure. The type of anesthesia will be determined by your surgeon based upon the state of your health.
The upper eyelid is corrected by making an incision along the natural crease at the top of the upper eyelid. The lower eyelid is corrected by making an incision below the lower lash line or inside the lid. Through this incision, muscles are tightened, fat deposits are repositioned, and excess skin is removed. The incisions are then sutured closed.
Immediately after the eyelid surgery, patients will experience some temporary swelling and bruising around the area where the surgery has been performed. The swelling will subside within a week. Patients are advised to use ice packs to help bring down the swelling.
The sutures used at the end of the surgery are removed within a few days during a follow-up visit. If they are dissolvable sutures, they will not need to be removed.
The results of the procedure become visible once the swelling has subsided completely, and they are long lasting. Patients have smooth, tight eyelids that look more youthful and do not sag. In most cases, a touch-up procedure is not required.
Make an Appointment for Your Consultation
Speak with double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Bared to find out more about the details of your blepharoplasty procedure. To schedule your appointment for a consultation, contact our office.