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The skin around the eyes is delicate and especially vulnerable to the effects of aging. Over time, not only do the eyelids stretch, but the muscles supporting them also weaken, both contributing to the saggy appearance. In addition, excess fat often gathers above and below the eye, causing puffiness, droopy upper lids and bags under the eyes.
What is Eyelid lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is surgery to improve the appearance of droopy, sagging eyelids and/or remove under-eye bags. It can involve removing excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
An upper blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate vision problems by removing saggy skin and at the same time, make the eyes appear younger and more alert. A lower blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fat deposits, as well as tighten the areas around the eyes and improve overall appearance.
Eyelid lift surgery (Blepharoplasty) is usually performed in our in-office AAAASF accredited surgical center under General anesthesia. Blepharoplasty usually takes less than two hours, depending on the amount and location of tissue being removed. It is commonly an outpatient procedure with most people going home the same day as the surgery.
For the upper lids: The surgeon cuts along the fold of the eyelid to remove excess skin, muscle and fat and then closes the incision. In some instances, insurance may cover the cost of the upper eyelid procedure to improve your visual field.
For the lower lids: The surgeon makes a cut just below the lashes in your eye’s natural crease or on the inside of the lower lid. Excess fat is removed or redistributed, sagging skin is removed, the area is tightened, and the incision is closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Those individuals most suitable for eyelid surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about results. Patients seeking this surgery want to achieve tighter, more youthful eyelid contour by eliminating such features as:
- Excess lower eyelid skin and/or upper eyelid skin that may be interfering with peripheral vision
- Droopy lower eyelids that may also be causing the whites of the eyes to show below the iris
- Under eye bags or puffiness
After surgery, you recuperate at home and the overall recovery period is fairly short. Bruising and swelling may be worse the day after surgery but should disappear quickly.
During the first 48 hours, patients should use cool compresses to reduce bruising and swelling. Light activity should resume to help speed healing, such as walking. If stitches aren’t self- absorbing, they will be removed in about a week. Most people return to normal activities 7-10 days following blepharoplasty. Two weeks after surgery, the majority of bruising and swelling should resolve. Vigorous activity and exercise can resume in 3-4 weeks.
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