What is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the technical name for upper and lower eyelid surgery, also called an “eye lift” or “eyelid lift.”
An upper blepharoplasty deals with sagging upper eyelids, while a lower blepharoplasty targets unwanted bags underneath the eyes.
These procedures can be performed separately or together, depending on individual need.
During a blepharoplasty procedure, the contours of the eyelids are smoothed and tightened by removing loose, excess skin.
In addition, bulging fat is repositioned and lax musculature may also be repaired if necessary. Every patient’s treatment plan differs, but the overall goal is to restore a more alert and youthful look to the eyes.
Before and After
What concerns can be treated with eyelid surgery?
- “Hooding” of the upper eyelids, which occurs when the skin and tissue above the eyes grows lax and begins to droop into your field of vision
- Extra skin accumulating along the corners of eyes
- Sagging lower eyelids, causing a look of fatigue despite getting adequate sleep
- Dark circles and bulging under-eye bags
Using well-hidden and carefully placed fine incisions, blepharoplasty revitalizes the overall appearance of the eyelids. Because the eyes are heavily affected by age, the procedure tends to “open up” the upper face, leaving it looking more youthful
- Reduces under-eye bags
- Removes dark under-eye circles
- Creates a more rested and youthful appearance
- Clear away unsightly creases, folds, and wrinkles of the eyelids
- Refreshes and rejuvenates the overall appearance of the eyes and upper face
- Improves the gaunt, hollow appearance in the lower eyelids that commonly comes with age
How long do results last?
In general, results from a blepharoplasty are very long-lasting, and most people do not require additional procedures.
Fat removed does not grow back, nor does excess skin. However, having eyelid surgery performed does not stop the natural aging process from occurring.
Over time, it is possible that new sagging and wrinkling can occur. As long as you take good care of your skin, the chances of needing a second blepharoplasty are slim. Factors that can impact the longevity of blepharoplasty results can include:
- The extent of the procedure performed
- Your natural skin condition
What can I expect from recovery?
- It is important to remember that immediately following your surgery, you may experience significant bruising and swelling.
- There may also be some red discoloration around your eyes. This is temporary, and should fade over time.
- Don’t worry if you see color changes around your eyes – this is a perfectly natural part of the healing process. Typically, the red color fades to purple then to yellow before disappearing.
Remember also that all people heal at different rates. Skin type and lifestyle factors such as smoking will impact your rate of healing.
- In general, you should try to keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to help with swelling. Eye ointment, saline drops, and pain medications also help with discomfort during recovery.
Most patients can return to light normal activities within a few days of surgery. Most swelling and bruising should resolve within two weeks, and you can use makeup to conceal any visible scars during this time. Contact lenses can be worn after ten to fourteen days.