Lift Your Lids – The 411 On Blepharoplasty
As you age, “droopy” anything is not good. Droopy eyelids, especially, can make you look older, and even more importantly, can impair your vision. Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures at the Center for Plastic Surgery. It can correct eyelid droopiness and the puffiness under your eyes that can make you look habitually tired. A blepharoplasty does not remove fine lines, wrinkles or dark circles, however, and it doesn’t change sagging brows (a brow lift would be recommended for that).
Upper or lower?
- Upper eyelid surgery: The surgeon marks the natural folds, lines and creases of your lids; this keeps the scars as invisible as possible. The incision is made and any loose muscle and skin are removed. Tiny stitches are used to minimize the visibility of any scarring.
- Lower eyelid surgery: The surgeon makes the incision along your lower lash line and smile creases of your lower lid. Excess fat and skin are removed and the incision is closed with tiny stitches. The sutures (stitches) are usually self-dissolving and leave no visible scar. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty takes from one to two hours.
What happens next?
- Immediately following surgery, tiny sterile bandages are applied. It is not crucial that your eyes be completely covered, but an ointment to prevent dryness may be used. A bit of bruising and swelling is normal. Cold compresses, as well as keeping your head elevated, will promote healing, and relieve any
- For about ten days following your surgery, your eyes may feel dry, itchy and sticky. Eyedrops may be recommended and your surgeon will give you a list of activities and environments to avoid for a few weeks. Any permanent stitches will be removed three to five days after surgery; self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own. Your eyelids will heal remarkably quickly and scars are usually inconspicuous.
Is it risky?
The risks are minimal but may include poor healing, persistent fat or loose skin and muscle, dry eyes, and very rarely, visual changes or loss.
If you would like to learn more about an eyelid lift, give us a call. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss this popular, age-defying cosmetic procedure: (828) 526-3783.