Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures as it provides natural-looking results and helps patients achieve a more rejuvenated, refreshed appearance. Read on to learn more about eyelid surgery to see if it would be right for you.
What it does
Eyelid surgery corrects numerous age-related problems on both the upper and lower eyelids. It can enhance the eye shape, create a more friendly-looking face, improve vision in people whose upper eyelids are so droopy that they impair vision, and reduce strain in the forehead muscles caused by lifting the eyebrows constantly.
How it’s done
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The length of this outpatient surgery will depend on whether you are having either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both done. The procedure could take 45 minutes to two hours.
For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Fat deposits are removed or repositioned, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made below the lash line, and excess fat and skin is removed.
Patients rave about eyelid surgery as the resulting scars are hidden within the natural crease of the upper eyelid or just below the lash line in lower eyelid surgery.
Even though your skin will continue to age with some slight sagging, the results of your surgery are permanent and the procedure should not need to be repeated.
After surgery, you will apply lubricating ointment and cold compresses to the eye to help with the healing process and minimize bruising, swelling and dry eyes. Your eyes may be wrapped in gauze initially after surgery. Swelling should subside within two weeks after surgery.
Patients usually return to work within a week after surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks.
Eyelid surgery is often done in combination with other procedures to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. To learn more about eyelid surgery and whether you would be a good candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation by calling (508) 836-8733 today.