What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Keamy does this by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure offers a younger, more refreshed look that reflects across the whole face.
To learn more about the blepharoplasty procedure you can view our Blepharoplasty overview informational video.
Common Causes Of Droopy Eyelids
The area around the eyes is often one of the first to show signs of damage, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. Eyelids that droop or bulge, also known as ptosis, can cause people to appear much older or more fatigued than they actually are. The following are common causes of droopy eyelids.
- Sun damage
Candidates For Eyelid Surgery
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men or women who are in good overall health and who do not smoke or have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and fresh.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing surgery in order to be satisfied with their results. While this procedure can enhance your appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter your entire appearance or change the structure of your face.
The Blepharoplasty procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia for nervous patients. Patients may choose to have this procedure on their upper, lower or both parts of the eyelids. Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
If the patient chooses an upper eyelid procedure an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. After making the incision, Dr. Keamy may reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles and tissue or remove excess skin in order to leave the eye looking younger and refreshed.
During the lower eyelid procedure, the incision is just below the lash line in order to remove excess skin. After the procedure is complete, Dr, Keamy will close the incisions with sutures and usually wrap the area in gauze to allow it to heal.
Before & After Eyelid Surgery
After the Blepharoplasty procedure, your doctor may recommend applying lubricating ointment and cold compresses to aid the healing process and minimize side effects such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes. The eyes may be wrapped in gauze after the procedure as well.
Patients can usually return to work within a week but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes are surgery.
Combining Procedures with Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid Surgery may be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift. Browlifts can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads, helping you to look less angry, sad or tired. Using either a traditional or minimally invasive, endoscopic, method, the muscles above the eyes are altered to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance.