What is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty (commonly referred to as eyelid-lift or eyelid surgery) can improve the appearance of your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Eyelid surgery helps to correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches or bags beneath the eyes, and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
This procedure can easily be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a brow lift or a facelift for even more dramatic results.
How is a Blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure. A fine incision is placed in the crease of the upper eyelid to allow removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue and/or removal of excess skin creating a firmer upper eyelid contour.
For the lower eyelids an incision can be hidden inside the lower eyelid. Through this incision, fat is redistributed or removed and sagging muscles are tightened. Another option is making an incision just below the lash line for removal of excess skin from the lower lid.
This procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours, but may vary depending on the patient.
What to expect during recovery
- Mild bruising and swelling around the eyelids are normal after surgery and may last a few days
- Minor discomfort and dry eyes might occur, both can be controlled with medication
- No contacts for 2 weeks
- Return to light activity within a few days
- Resume full activities 3-4 weeks after surgery
- Sutures removed 3-5 days after surgery
- The hairline scar in the natural contour of the upper eyelids will fade and be almost invisible