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Blepharoplasty De-Mystified

Friday, October 26th, 2018


eyelid surgeryAn “eyelid lift” is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. It can take years off your facial appearance and may even improve your vision by removing excess skin  or repairing stretched muscles causing droop of your upper lids. Blepharoplasty is the technical term for this confidence-building procedure. Read on to learn more.

Eyelid lifts are popular among both men and women, and are considered one of the best ways to achieve a more youthful, refreshed, natural facial look. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, or both, depending on your unique needs or desires. It is performed using local anesthesia in the office with small incisions on your upper and/or lower eyelid. The fat may be repositioned, but, now, almost never removed, any excess skin is removed. Tiny sutures close the incisions. Once healed, the incisions are usually invisible.

Recovery time is rapid. You will be advised to rest and do nothing strenuous for several days. Skin stitches will be removed at 3-5 days. Any puffiness or bruising to the delicate skin around your eyes is usually greatly reduced after a week and mostly resolved by two weeks. Some bruising can last 2-3 weeks, but can be covered by supplied camouflage make-up as soon as the sutures are out. Within 5-10 days post-surgery, you can expect to return to your normal activities.

Why should you consider an eyelid lift? Blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of the areas around your eyes, resulting in a less tired, more refreshed look. It improves or eliminates under-eye puffiness and bags, wrinkles and even dark circles. It can also provide relief for those who have excess drooping upper lid skin that impairs their vision (ptosis repair).

In some people, Botox can improve the upper lids or a filler like Juvederm Voluma can correct the lower lid problems as much or nearly as much as a blepharoplasty. The only way to know is with a consultation and careful evaluation.

What’s the take-away? If you are considering improving your eye area, we invite you to call to schedule a consultation. At that time, we can help you determine if blepharoplasty is a good choice for you, discuss your concerns, and tell you more about the procedure and options: (828) 526-3783.