The eyelids age at a much quicker rate than any other area on the face. The delicate and thin skin receives constant trauma in the way of blinking, squinting and other facial movements, all of which lead to the premature aging of the skin around the eyes. Your face may appear tired, sad, or even angry as excess skin and lax tissues interfere with your ability to convey your emotions accurately. For patients experiencing dissatisfaction or a loss of confidence due to puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes, eyelid surgery can be the answer. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty rejuvenates tired eyes, increases your field of vision, and restores your ability to represent your emotions.
Patients who may qualify for eyelid surgery are in good health, non-smokers and have realistic expectations of their results. Candidates for eyelid surgery are dissatisfied with baggy or droopy eyelids or the presence of:
- Hooded upper eyelids
- Puffy lower eyelids
- Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes
- Heavy and/or droopy eyelids that interfere with vision
Those who are considering eyelid surgery should desire a balanced facial appearance, enhanced self-confidence and a more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you can expect the procedure to take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours. While you are not required to undergo blepharoplasty on both the upper and lower eyelids, many patients benefit from the combination of the two so that their eyes remain in harmony.
Upper eyelid surgery addresses excess skin on the upper lids. Incisions are discreetly made in the natural crease of the upper lid. Fat pockets are removed or repositioned, underlying muscles are tightened to allow for better opening of the eyes, and excess skin is trimmed away. Incisions are closed with fine sutures. This usually results in a brighter fresher appearance.
Lower eyelid surgery addresses puffy bags and dark circles beneath the eyes. The most common incision is made just below the lashes on the lower lid where excess tissue, fat and skin is removed. For patients who may not require skin removal, transconjunctival blepharoplasty is performed. With this technique, incisions are made inside the lower eyelid where fat is removed, and tissue is repositioned. This incision allows for no visible scarring. Incisions are closed with fine sutures.
Following your procedure, you can expect to be groggy. You must have a driver present to take you home and extra help around the house for 1 to 2 days would be very beneficial to your recovery. During this time, resting is your top priority. Your eyes will experience swelling and bruising of the eyelids, dryness, burning and itching of the eyes, as well as sensitivity to light, wind and other irritants. Don’t worry if you have double or blurred vision in the hours and days following your surgery. This will resolve on its own. Stitches are often removed after 3 to 4 days, at which point you can start to resume activities. Most patients return to work within a week and can resume more vigorous activity after 2 weeks. Contact lenses must not be worn for at least 2 weeks.
To better ease your recovery:
- Take pain medication as prescribed
- Increase fluid intake
- Don’t take aspirin, products containing aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Don’t smoke, as this prolongs the healing process and causes complications
- Don’t drink alcohol for 3 weeks as alcohol causes fluid retention
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
- Start moving as soon as possible to reduce swelling
Blepharoplasty restores rejuvenation and natural youthfulness to the eyes. Your final results will become apparent as soon as the swelling and bruising subside. This typically occurs within a few weeks. Incision lines will remain red throughout the healing process and may take up to a year to heal completely. These lines will fade with time and can be concealed with makeup. To maintain your results, a healthy skin care regimen and proper sun protection are vital. Eyelid surgery will not halt the aging process, and your skin and tissues will continue to age naturally. However, with appropriate maintenance, eyelid rejuvenation improves your appearance for years to come.
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