Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is performed in order to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelids. It is possible to perform this surgery on the lower lids, upper lids, or all four lids. Blepharoplasty can help eliminate the excess skin, excess fat, and tiny wrinkles noticeable in the eyelids.

Besides having cosmetic benefits, eyelid surgery is also performed with the objective of improving the sight of older people. In these aging individuals, the upper eyelids begin to sag and interfere with the vision. This can lead to accidents. When the upper lids are tightened, the line of sight is once again clear.

Who Can Get Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is beneficial for two kinds of people: those who have vision problems related to the eyelids and those who wish to enhance their appearance. An eyelid surgery is helpful in treating the following conditions:

• Puffiness in the eyelids caused by excess fat deposits
• Sagging loose eyelid skin that causes the appearance of folds or interferes with the natural shape of your upper eyelids
• Wrinkles and excess skin noticeable in the lower lid
• Undereye bags
• Droopy lower lids

The Procedure

Eyelid surgery typically takes two hours if it involves operating on both the lower and upper eyelids. Patients are usually given a general anesthetic for the eyelid surgery for the patient’s comfort and safety.

For the upper eyelid, your plastic surgeon will make a careful incision in the natural eyelid crease. Following this, fat deposits can be removed or repositioned, muscles can be tightened, and excess skin can be removed.

Corrections to the lower eyelid may be made by making an incision just on the outer lash line. This allows for the removal of the excessive skin appearing in your lower eyelid. The plastic surgeon may remove or reposition the excess fat.

Another option for the lower eyelid is an incision on the inner eyelid; this option is ideal for those who are experiencing excess bulging fat but no sagging skin. This incision is known as the transconjunctival incision and leaves no visible post-surgical marks. Your plastic surgeon will decide whether or not this option is right for you.

The Blepharoplasty Recovery Process

Those who undergo blepharoplasty surgery may get their stitches removed during a follow-up appointment, unless dissolvable sutures are used. If this is the case, they will simply safely dissolve away after a time with no removal needed.

The majority of eyelid surgery patients are able to resume work in just five to seven days after the surgery. Avoid applying makeup for a time during recovery. You will need to avoid routine activities for around three to four weeks. After this period, they can most likely be resumed. Strenuous activities such as exercise and sports should also be avoided during healing.

Arrange Your Consultation

Eyelid surgery is an excellent solution for numerous patients. If you would like to find out whether or not it is right for you, contact the office of skilled board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rai by contacting us today!