The aging process can cause your face to change in many different ways. One of the early signs of aging that begin to take hold on your face is the development of loose, droopy skin around the eyes. This issue not only makes you look older, but it may also interfere with your vision.

Fortunately, in cases like these, you can undergo a plastic surgery procedure known as blepharoplasty. This surgery is very effective cosmetic surgery designed to correct these issues of aging face that affect eyelids. Blepharoplasty will provide you with a fresh youthful sparkle to your face.

All That you Need to Know About Blepharoplasty

Commonly known as the eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is a revolutionary cosmetic procedure that tightens skin around eyes, minimizes eyelid puffiness, and provides a youthful lifting to saggy eyelids. When performed by a qualified professional, blepharoplasty can restore youthful appearance to eyes and to the face. Results are usually long lasting.

Goal of blepharoplasty is to remove excess fatty bags and redundant eyelid skin from upper and lower eyelids.

How is the Blepharoplasty Procedure Performed?

We do our Blepharoplasties under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is our preferred choice because of safety inherent to this approach. Surgery can be done under sedation and local anesthesia if other circumstances make alternate anesthesia an option. Excess skin of upper eyelids is determined and carefully marked on the eyelids. Then this excess is excised along with a thin strip of orbicularis muscle that is adherent to skin. Usually there are two fat bags in upper eyelids. These are opened, and excessive fat is removed along natural contour of eyes. Skin is then repaired along natural crease of upper eyelid.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is done by making an incision just below eyelashes that extends along natural crow’s feet crease at outer angles of eyelids. Eyelid skin is then lifted like a turning page of a book to reach under it. This will reveal three distinct pockets of fat accumulation. These are called medial, central and lateral fat pockets. Each pocket is then opened to let excess fat bulge out. This excess is then removed using curved scissors that follows natural curve of eyelid around eyeball. Cautery device is used to stop any bleeding. Skin is then draped back on the eyelid. Excess skin is removed. Original incision is repaired with delicate precision of plastic surgery skill set.

Many blepharoplasties are done in conjunction with facelift surgery since each of these operation complements the other.

Phenol/Croton oil peels of eyelids can be done 4-6 weeks after surgery to get rid of fine eyelid wrinkles.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

The blepharoplasty surgery is a safe and effective cosmetic surgery for restoring youthful face and beautiful eyes to the face that is showing signs of aging. It enables you to put your best foot forwards in journey of life.

What to Expect After the Blepharoplasty Surgery

The blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home after the surgery and sleep in your own bed. Applying cold compresses to the eyes with iced water is recommended until you go to sleep. Elevating your head with two pillows is recommended to reduce swelling.

Pain is minimized and usually controlled with Tylenol. Stronger medicines can be prescribed to patients who have low pain tolerance. You can wash your face normally the following day.

Patients undergoing the surgery might experience mild swelling, bruising, or blurred vision because of eye ointments. These subside within a few days. Stitches are removed in 4-5 days.
Patients are advised to avoid any strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or swimming for three weeks.

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Blepharoplasty is beneficial for your youthful appearance and aesthetic appeal. If you would like to learn more about this surgery or would like to set up a consultation about blepharoplasty contact our office today.