For many, the eyes are the first feature that they notice on someone else. And, as many people are finding out, the eyes are the first sign of aging. For that reason, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is becoming more and more popular. This surgical procedure rejuvenates the eye area by removing excess skin and fat tissue.
Candidates for blepharoplasty are those who are in good overall health and wish to reduce the unwanted effects of aging around the eyes. Patients should also have realistic expectations on the outcome of the procedure.
A blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Although both the upper and lower areas of the eye can be addressed during surgery, only one area may have to be performed on, depending on the patient’s needs.
Upper Blepharoplasty – An incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eye fold, where excess skin and fat tissue are removed and sculpted. As a result, excess sagging and puffiness are eliminated from the upper region.
Lower Blepharoplasty – An incision is made in the fold underneath the eyelashes to excise extra skin and fat tissue. After the remaining skin is tightened, puffiness in the eyelids is eliminated from the lower eye area.
Lower blepharoplasty – Is usually done with an incision inside the eyelid so it is totally hidden. Excess fatty deposits can be removed. If needed a small incision underneath eyelashes may be done for any loose skin. If there is weakness of the lower eyelid sometimes a suspension of the canthus (attachment of the eyelid to the bone) may be needed to prevent eyelid laxity after surgery. This is often needed in older patients or those with very loose eyelid skin.
Following this procedure, swelling, bruising and irritation around the eyes may be apparent. These symptoms can be alleviated with prescribed pain medication and plenty of rest. Even though many patients may return to work about a week after surgery, strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for a few weeks.
YOUR NEW LOOK
Individuals tend to be very satisfied with the procedure, as results are noticeable almost immediately. The final look will continue to improve in the coming months and any scarring is hidden inside the crease of the eyelids.